My name is Annette Morcos; I am the producer of tonight’s presentation and I would like to welcome you to “Raices” a journey through the roots of Flamenco.
Raices is a musical journey that also parallels a personal journey. I was born into a mixed heritage of Arabic, Greek and Italian, in a city and a country known, at the time, to be a true melting pot of cultures. I grew up in a household where the music of many cultures was always played and Indian movies were regularly aired on television, it was natural for my siblings and I to sing along with any of these songs and truly enjoy them for what they are. All this has shaped my musical voyage and created sensitivity to world music and my openness to ethnic sounds.
This leads to my love of Flamenco, its emotive nature and intensity reflects the history of Spain, which over the centuries has absorbed the many different cultures that have settled there. Their ballads and music were enriched over time by the Greeks, who brought Eastern musical scales, the Romans who brought the predecessor of the guitar, the Moors who brought poetry, song and musical instruments and by the gypsies who shaped and preserved its ballads. These are just a few of the cultures that influenced and helped shape apart Spain’s music from any other Western European country. Through Raices, we try to give a cross section of the diverse influences on this art form, but it is by no means exhaustive. We simply hope to create an awareness of Flamenco’s diversity and spark your interest in the origins of this captivating centuries-old art form. We hope you enjoy the show!