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Duende: Concert of Dark Sounds — Carla Canales

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Duende is an exploration of the Latina identity through a reimagination of Spanish folk songs. For the great Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, duende was the spirit that transfixed and elevated an audience leading them to “the dark root of the cry.” Ineffable, powerful, mysterious, it was a force he saw as essential to the flamenco artists and bullfighters of Southern Spain, near Andalusia where he was born and raised.

This program incorporates Lorca’s original fascination with traditional flamenco melodies, and reimagines them through the use of electronically synthesized sounds. The concert will also feature the premiere of a new song cycle, “Serenade Under the Moon” through which living composer John Villar takes poems from around the world about the moon and sets them for voice, guitar, and piano.

About the Speaker

Carla Canales is an internationally renowned mezzo-soprano who has also received high-level recognition as both a cultural entrepreneur and a social advocate. As comfortable on the stages of the world’s great opera houses as she is advocating with senior government officials or working with young people in disadvantaged communities, she has distinguished herself both as a thought-leader and as an innovative artist. Please visit http://carlacanales.com/ for a full bio.  


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)