Review: Andalucia – Flamenco & Classical, Turner Sims, Southampton

Review: Andalucia – Flamenco & Classical, Turner Sims, Southampton

By Martin Brisland.

Andalucia was a performance that brought the whole capacity audience of 400 to a standing ovation. This two-hour show has already had many five-star reviews, I give it six!

Daniel Martinez is the ‘rock star’ of flamenco. Only 31, he is already an acclaimed award-winning guitarist and composer with a loyal following. He started his flamenco guitar studies at only 7 years of age.

Following an acclaimed performance last year of his first album Art of Believing, he returned to the Turner Sims concert hall at the University of Southampton.

Turner Sims is renowned for its acoustics and is a superb venue well worth visiting. It is developing from a respected concert hall into a vibrant music hub with a programme of classical, jazz, folk and global music featuring university students, emerging artists, and internationally renowned musicians.

The Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company gave matinee and evening performances of his 2nd album ‘Andalucia’. This unique work bridges two worlds, marrying the passionate roots of fiery flamenco dancing and singing with the majestic sounds of a chamber orchestra, percussion and a euphonium. The standard of musicianship, singing and dancing was breathtaking.

Eight unique newly written pieces created a musical representation of the regions that make up the autonomous community of Andalucia in the South of Spain, the birthplace of flamenco; Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Jaen, Granada, Huelva and Almeria.

Each region has their own distinct take on the very many diverse styles that make up flamenco. One style Daniel played was Alegrias which translates as ‘happiness’ and that is exactly what this unmissable flamenco experience delivered. I look forward to Daniel’s next visit to Southampton.

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