Where to See Flamenco in Barcelona, Spain

Flamenco Guitar, Barcelona

Flamenco Guitar, Barcelona

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By Regina Winkle-Bryan

It starts out slow. First the guitar player comes on stage. He sits down and casually starts strumming. Then he is followed by a singer, who is dressed in a silvery blue suit and gold chains, his hair thick and styled. They begin, the flamenco singer belting out songs which, depending on your taste, sound like passion or like fingernails on a chalkboard.

A couple songs later, another handsome man and a young woman take the stage, standing in the corner behind the guitarist. They clap a bit, accompanying the rhythm. She is dressed in a tight flowered number that accentuates her curves (and she’s curvy) and shows off her calves and patten leather tap shoes.

Flamenco in Barcelona

Out of no where she begins to dance. Bam! She stamps her foot against the wooden floorboards. Smack! Her feet come down in a wave of tapping. Watching flamenco is a real thrill. The dancer, usually a woman, leads the group and the musicians’ eyes follow her as she moves. The four of them are deeply connected. Or so it seems to me, the awe-struck audience member in this tablao.

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco Guitar

We went the other night to see flamenco at JazzSi, a low key ‘locals’ sort of club which has live music every night of the week. It’s my kind of place. For under €10.00 you get a two-hour show and a drink of your choice: beer or wine. They also serve fat olives and thick slices of Spanish tortilla (potato omelet) with bread if you get hungry. Flamenco is not common in Barcelona and for this reason if I see an ad for a flamenco show I usually avoid it because I assume it will be a touristy thing. This is not the case at JazzSi, which draws a very diverse crowd and is off the tourist trail (meaning it can also be hard to find). If you go be prepared for the total experience and flow with it.


JazzSi – C/ Requesens, 2 – (El Raval) Barcelona
Web: http://www.tallerdemusics.com

6 Responses

  1. Jazz Music says:

    I found your blog via Google while searching for jazz music, thank you for posting Barcelona Music – Flamenco at Jazz Si!

  2. admin says:

    hi jerry, regina and i have been to jazz si many times and love it. always a surprise. so important to get in line early. let us know what else you find helpful on The Scoop!

  3. Sara says:

    Great site. Coming to BCN in late Oct and see flamenco on the agenda at JazzSi for the Friday we’re there. Wanted to make sure there are no advanced tickets (my French only gets me so far on Catalan/Spanish sites!), just an early queue. Thanks! Sara

  4. Thomas S says:

    Most recently, the Palau de la Música Catalana allowed flamenco companies to offer spectacles throughout the year at the main hall – the jewel of the Catalan modernism. Among them, I highlight the ones organized by the festival called Maestros de la Guitarra, which mix flamenco and Spanish guitars with the choreographies of one of the brightest pair of Spanish dancers in the country. It is highly praised by both critics and public. The producers have a brand new website (www.maestrosdelaguitarra.com) and it seems they are currently taking social media extremely serious, so you can reassure if this is a good option watching videos, seeing pictures or reading reviews. In my opinion, a must-go in Barcelona. I’ve been there a couple of times, and, yeah, it’s really good.

  5. The Spain Scoop says:

    And the Palau is such a great place to see a show!

  1. April 17, 2009

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