Arte y Sabores de Córdoba
Über Arte y Sabores de Córdoba
Arte y Sabores de Córdoba is located in the center of the Jewish Quarter, just a few steps away from the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. This small locale hides a profound history. The foundation probably dates back to one of the many public baths that existed in the Roman era, evidenced by the numerous remnant spires that adorn the main courtyard and by the caladarium which serves as the space in which the flamenco recitals take place. In the 10th century, at the height of the Muslim culture in Spain, these spaces were reutilized for the construction of the Arab baths of Santa María of which still remains the bi-color gallery arches. In the 14th century this locale became part of a typical Cordoba style palace, thus receiving the last brushstrokes of history that formed this beautiful and unique locale, undeniably an intricate part of the citys architectural entirety.
The locales promoter, Jos el Macareno, is an extraordinary flamenco guitar player with an extensive career during which he has performed in the most important concert halls the world over such as the Berlin Philharmonic among many others. The artist says with pride and emotion I had never felt the duende (muses) as strongly as when I play here. After an hour of recital we can declare that the artist transmits those sensations in every one of the palos he performs. Nowadays, they have a incredible Flamenco troupe with dancers like Ángel Reyes.
This is flamenco with Denomination of Origin: of this land, which has some of the most important conservatories of Dance and Music and from which great flamenco guitar players such as Vicente Amigo, Paco Pea o Gabriel Expsito hail.
Tablao Flamenco Arte y Sabores de Crdoba makes an effort to provide recitals every day, from Mondays to Saturdays (on Sundays by reservation only) of approximately one hour which sometimes extends over when artists and public connect. This happens often as the artistic level, as well as the esthetic and musical quality of the performance is irrefutably of the highest notch. Under the musical direction of El Macareno, the intimate atmosphere, the minimalist decor of typical handcrafted Cordoba style tables and chairs, and a photograph of Camarn de la Isla opposite the stage all serve as inspiration for the audience and artists alike.
Customarily the recitals are of 5 artist troupe who dedicate all their passion and determination in transmitting authenticity to their stage performance even when there is a small crowd. All the seats face the stage which is slightly raised off the ground and very well cushioned to avoid excess reverberation off the walls from the tap dancing. The barrel vault form of this locale has extraordinary natural acoustics and is slightly backed up by sound technicians to find the perfect blend of guitar, song, and dance. There is also a unique lighting design, very simple, using the small nooks and crannies of the vault as points of light to illuminate the space without breaking the atmosphere.Undoubtedly what must be foremost in the visitors mind when visiting this locale is that it is not just a flamenco tablao; it is part of the historical entirety of the city, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1994 as was flamenco declared World Heritage in 2010.