It only takes a few lightning notes to fall into the unmistakable world of the Spanish guitar and the passionate sound of flamenco. It's a music that's evolved over hundreds of years, with influences dating from the Moorish conquest of Spain in the 700s to today.
It was a team effort: from North Africa came Arabic rhythms and the oud, and later the Spanish guitar; from the Sephardic Jews came folk songs and deep melodies; and from the Romani Gypsies came a powerful group performance practice, a world of dark harmonies and intense emotions called duende. It all came together in southern Spain in the late 18th century as flamenco.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another journey in the atmospheric soundworld of Andalusia, on a program called SPANISH SOUL. Music is by ROMERO, JESSE COOK, ADAM HURST, ARMIK, OTTMAR LIEBERT, JOSÉ LUIS MONTÓN, JEFF DWARSHUIS, SHAWKIE ROTH, and BENEDETTI & SVOBODA.