What is flamenco for me?
For me, flamenco is the essence of everything that is true to itself. Everything that does not hide, camouflage or masks its authenticity. Flamenco is a culture, is places and traditions. Flamenco is passion and technique, it is a way of living.
I think that any music played honestly can be flamenco. There are as many types of flamenco as people are in the world, flamenco doesn’t exclude anyone, but everyone should express it in his own way.
Playing the notes is the beginning, but flamenco goes much further. The beauty of flamenco lays in the little details. For example, being aware that music is built from silence, therefore, silence is as important as sound, just like when a sculptor carves a work, what is not there is what gives the shape to what is there.
The biggest challenge I have as a musician is to undress the music itself, to say the most by playing the least, to be able to discern what is important and what is superfluous.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci
Simplification is the key to shine. -Bruce Lee
If you can’t explain it simply, you haven’t understood it. -Albert Einstein
It is possible to recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity. -Richard Feynman
Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can do something complicated. The difficult thing is to do something simple. -Richard Branson
A strong voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it is a simple murmur. –Confucius
In simplicity is the essence -Vicente Santiago
About Vicente – Flamenco Guitarist
I was born surrounded by flamenco, in a Spanish gypsy family. I learned the rhythms and codes of flamenco in meetings and parties often held in my environment. From a very young age, guitar awakened in me a great curiosity so I started playing it at the age of 11 and haven’t stopped since.
When I was growing up and my thirst for learning was also increasing, I decided to study in depth the guitar as well as flamenco and other types of music. I finished my studies at the Conservatory of Cartagena, Spain, and went to complete my studies in Cordoba at the Rafael Orozco Superior Conservatory and later at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory (Holland). Throughout my journey around the world I have been lucky enough to study with some of the best flamenco masters such as Manolo Franco, Niño de Pura, Paco Serrano, Gabriel Exposito, Paco Peña, Leo Brower, Paul Galbraith or Manolo Sanlúcar among others.
As a guitarist, over the years I have been playing as a soloist and accompanying singers and dancers at some of the most important flamenco festivals such as the Flamenco Biennale in the Netherlands and the Lo Ferro Flamenco Singing Festival in Spain. I have also composed music for choreographers of the size of Javier Latorre.
I have been performing in several countries such as Spain, Holland, France, Denmark, Germany, Chile, Belgium, Luxembourg or Switzerland.
Currently I am based in the Netherlands, collaborating with different musical projects, performing and teaching flamenco as another way of transmitting this art, both online and in person.
What do I bring to the flamenco’s world?
I develop and collaborate on different musical projects at an international level.
I give flamenco guitar lessons in English and Spanish to people from all over the world. Online and in person.