Where to See Flamenco in Barcelona, Spain

Flamenco Guitar, Barcelona

Flamenco Guitar, Barcelona

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 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 to see a two hour show and you get a drink of your choice: beer or wine. They also serve fat olives and thick slices of Spanish tortilla 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 way 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

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

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

  2. admin
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    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!
    nancy

  3. Sara
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    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. admin
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Jazz Si is still up in running Sara! Do go and check it out. If you’ll be here in October then you’ll be in for plenty of other treats too. Do make sure to get to Jazz Si early to get it. Also consider Harlem Jazz Club for live music, and a Halloween live concert with The Gangsters of Love at Sala Monestario on the 31st.

    Best,

    The Scoopettes

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