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World Music Central Guide to Sevilla

Introduction

The ancient city of Sevilla is one of the cradles of Flamenco. It is is the home of numerous Flamenco clubs (peñas flamencas), nightclubs (tablaos), dance schools, record labels, booking agencies, and performers.

There is a fantastic Flamenco biennale (Bienal de Flamenco) and even a government agency dedicated to the promotion of Flamenco. But there is more than Flamenco in the area. The Andalusian capital has produced numerous bands that create hybrid sounds, combining Flamenco with pop, rock, Gypsy rumba, blues, hip hop, world music, jazz, and Medieval Arab-Andalusian music.

Live music

To find out what's happening in Sevilla, pick up a copy of a local newspaper or the Guia del Ocio, which is widely available at newstands. You can also check online at these two sites: El Giraldillo and Andalunet.

The following venues present world music, Flamenco and other forms of roots music:

Flamenco

It's important to know the difference between the various types of venues that offer Flamenco entertainment. Flamenco bars and cafes provide traditional and modern Flamenco concerts by singers and guitarists. For a taste of traditional Flamenco, peñas are one of the best choices. Peñas flamencas are clubs created by fans and cultural associations, where outstanding professional and aficionado musicians can be found. Many peñas have a small stage and bar with tapas and home cooked meals. Tablaos are Flamenco nightclubs, many of which cater to tourists, where dance is usually the highlight.

Flamenco cafés and bars

  • Café Lisboa serves a wide variety of coffees and presents various music styles, including Flamenco and world music. Flamenco nights usually take place at 10:30 p.m. Calle Alhondiga 43.
  • La Carboneria presents Flamenco shows. Calle Levies 18 (Santa Cruz).
  • Bar El Mundo has Flamenco Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. Calle Siete Revueltas 5, Sevilla. Phone: +34 954-229695.
  • La Madrugá presents Flamenco performances. Calle Salado (near Plaza de Cuba in Triana district).
  • Lola de los Reyes presents Flamenco performances. Avenida Blas Infante 6, Prolongación de República Argentina (Los Remedios).
  • El Rejoneo presents Flamenco. Calle Betis 32.
  • Lo Nuestro presents Flamenco most nights. Calle Betis 31 (Triana).
  • La Taberna presents Flamenco. Calle Duarte 3 (Triana).
  • Simpecao presents Flamenco jams. Paseo Nuestra Señora de la O (riverwalk in Triana district).
  • Taberna Flamenca presents Flamenco performances. Calle Adriano, near the bullfight arena (Arenal).
  • El Tamboril presents Flamenco and also sevillanas dances. Plaza de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz).
  • El Perro Andaluz presents flamenco on Sundays. Calle Bustos Tavera 11 (Santa Catalina).
  • Tertulia Flamenca presents Flamenco on Fridays. Calle Castilla 47 (Triana). Phone: +34 95 4333336.

Peñas flamencas

  • P.F. “Amigos de Manuel Mairena.” Calle Guillen de Castro 26, 41007 Sevilla.
  • P.F. “El Chozas.” Calle Ricardo Palma 133, 41006 Sevilla.
  • P.F. “El manantial.” Calle Arroyo 82, 1ob dcha, 41008 Sevilla.
  • P.F. “Nino de Arabal.” Calle Algaba 4 y 6, 41006 Sevilla.
  • P.F. “La fragua.” Calle Calderos 30. 41014 Bda. Bellavista de Sevilla.
  • P.F. “Los Cabales.” Calle Burgos 3. 41015 Bda. San Jeronimo de Sevilla.
  • P.F. Pepe Marchena.” Calle Torrentera 19, 41016 Sevilla.
  • P.F. “Pies de Plomo.” Calle Dársena 22, Sevilla.
  • P.F. “Torres Macarena.” Calle Torrijiano 20, 41009 Sevilla.
  • Peña Guitarrista “Niño Ricardo.” Calle Monte Tabor 3 (local), 41007 Sevilla.
  • Rama Flamenca de la Asociación “La Oliva.” Bda. Ntra. Sra. De la Oliva, parcela 6, 41013 Sevilla.
  • Tertulia Cultural Flamenca “Jumoza III.” Avda. Ciudad de Chiva Parque Alcosa, local 12, 41007 Sevilla.
  • Tertulia Flamencas de Enseñantes “Calixto Sanchez,” Facultad de Ciencias de la Información Avda de la Ciudad Jardin, s/n, 41005 Sevilla.
  • Tertulia Flamenca “Cantes al Aire.” Calle Castilla 47, Triana, 41010 Sevilla.

Tablaos (nightclubs)

Festivals

  • Bienal de Flamenco is one of the largest Flamenco events in the country with dozens of concerts, conferences, exhibitions and other events.
  • Territorios Sevilla is an annual world music festival featuring well known international acts, with a different theme every year. It takes place in June.

Record stores

Compás Sur is an independent store that specializes in Flamenco and other southern Spanish styles. Calle Cuesta del Rosario 7-F, 41003 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 5662. E-mail: compasur@compas-sur.com.

Other indie stores are Discos Burial, Calle Alfalfar 7-11 interior, 41007 Sevilla; and Sevilla Rock, Calle Sierpes 81, 41004 Sevilla.

A well-known Spanish department store chain has a record store with a decent selection of Flamenco and world music: El Corte Inglés, Plaza Duque de la Victoria, 41003 Sevilla.

Record labels

Most of the record labels in Sevilla specialize in Flamenco, rumbas and Sevillanas (a popular song and dance style that is danced at city fairs, pilgrimages and other events).

There are many other small independent labels such as Alfaisan Records, Bolillon Records, Producciones Gramic, Triana Records S.L.

Musical Instruments

Some of the world's best hand crafted guitars can be found in Sevilla. Most guitar luthiers specialize in classical and Flamenco guitars. There are also a number of castanet manufacturers and shops.

Guitar shops

Percussion & Castanets

Modern and traditional instruments

Music schools

  • The Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco has degrees in Flamenco singing, Flamenco guitar, as well as palmas (Flamenco handclap percussion). Calle Fabiola 1, 41004 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 7058, Fax: +34 95 422 8879.
  • Taller Flamenco provides classes in Flamenco guitar and palmas. Calle Siete Revueltas 5, Sevilla 41004. Phone: +34 95 456 4234. E-mail: tFlamenco@interbook.net.

Booking agencies

Radio

Canal Fiesta Radio, part of Canal Sur, RTVA de Andalucía, has a world music show called Corazón de Melón, which plays from son to Latin jazz. The show is on the air Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5 pm. Address: Pedro Rodr?gez Espejo, Dpto. de Programas, Edificio Canal Sur, Avda. Jose de Gálvez n? 1, Isla de la Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla. E-mail: prodrigueze@rtva.es. Phone: +34 955055923.

Trade shows

  • WOMEX, the largest international trade show and conference for world music has found a home in Sevilla since 2003. WOMEX is held at FIBES - Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Sevilla's Conference and Exhibition Centre is situated in the Northeast part of the city between the airport and the city centre.

Cultural Organizations and Government Agencies

Foundations

The Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco supports young Flamenco performers, providing grants and scholarships. It also has a school for Flamenco music and dance.

Fundación El Monte provides support to social and cultural activities, including flamenco and chamber music performances.

Fundación Machado is an important ethnographic research center dedicated to the study of Andalusian traditions, including Flamenco. It has a series of Flamenco conferences and publishes books about Flamenco, Andalusian dances and other traditions.

Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo promotes the three main cultures of the Mediterranean. Some of its activities include world music concerts.

Dance schools

  • Estudio Flamenco de Helena Pachón. Calle Marqués del Nervión 10, local 6, 41005 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 457 3202.
  • The Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco has a school for Flamenco dance. Calle Fabiola 1, 41004 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 7058, Fax: +34 95 422 8879.
  • Taller Flamenco. Calle Siete Revueltas 5, Sevilla 41004. Phone: +34 95 456 4234. E-mail: tflamenco@interbook.net.
  • Estudio de baile Alicia Marquez. Calle Cantabria 7, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 490 1097.
  • Estudio Alicia Vega. Calle Jes?s del Gran Poder 37, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 438 3559.
  • Ballet de Cristina Hoyos. Calle Betis 14, local, 41080 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 434 0311.
  • Ryo Matmumoto. Calle Fary Diego de C?diz 35, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 490 3456.
  • Andres Martin. Calle Doctor Letamendi 34 B, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 490 7428.
  • Juana Amaya. Calle Juan del Castillo 12, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 7695.
  • Academia Juan Triana. Calle Quevedo 7, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 438 1902.
  • Jose Galvén. Calle Venecia 12, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 442 1245.
  • María del Mar Berlanga. Calle Vicente Araniz 29, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 442 3996.
  • Academia Manolo Marín. Calle Rodrigo de Triana 30-32, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 434 0519.
  • Centro Profesional y Superior de Danza Matilde Coral. Calle Castilla 82-24, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 433 9731.
  • La Toná. Calle Lealtad 24, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 445 2654.
  • Compañía de Israel Galván. Calle Fabiola 1, 41004 Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 7058.
  • Academia de Baile Flamenco Antonio el Farruco. Calle Salteras 1, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 466 0998.

Flamenco clothes and accessories

There are quite a few stores that cater to Flamenco dance aficionados. Accessories include shoes, boots (for men), dresses, skirts, castanets and other items.

  • Calzados Mayo specializes in Flamenco shoes, boots, castanets, as well as skirts and dresses for dancers. Plaza de la Alfalfa 2, Sevilla. Phone: + 34 95 422 5555.
  • Trajes folclóricos “Lina” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Lineros 7, Sevilla.
  • Trajes de flamenca “Pardales” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Cuna 23, Sevilla 41004. Phone: +34 95 421 3709.
  • Mantilla “Feliciano Foronda” specializes in Andalusian shawls. Calle Alvarez Quintero 52.
  • Abanicos “Casa Rubio” sells traditional fans, which are sometimes used in Flamenco dance. Calle Sierpes 56, Sevilla.
  • Zapatilla “Coral” sells Flamenco shoes. Plaza de la Gavidia 9, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 437 6003.
  • Vestidos “Crisso” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Francos 16, Sevilla. Phone: +34 954-212382.
  • Vestidos “Elena Bernal” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Cerrajería 12, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 422 9048.
  • Vestidos 'Arte y ensayo” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Jesús del Gran Poder 39, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 438 6757.
  • Vestidos “Ciudad de Londres” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Cerrajería 2, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 422 4690.
  • Vestidos “Aurora Gavino” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Blanca de los Rios 1, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 421 1069.
  • Vestidos “Paco Alvarez” sells Flamenco dresses. Calle Castilla 11, Sevilla. Phone: +34 95 434 3232.

Gift stores

El Azulejo has Andalusian ceramics, tiles and crafts. Two locations: Calle Mateos Gago 10. Phone: 95 422 0085 & Calle Joaquín Romero Murube 1A. Phone: 95 421 8088.

Sightseeing

Sevilla has a long and rich history. The Romans founded a colony there called Italica. Its ruins are a popular tourist attraction.

The biggest influence on the city, however, is the legacy of the Muslim period. For several centuries the city was under Muslim rule, until 1248.

Monuments

The Reales Alcazares, at Plaza del Triunfo, is a beautiful complex of palaces, gardens and patios left by the Arab rulers and expanded by the Christian kings. The Jardines del Alcázar gardens feature Arabic, Ranaissance and modern elements.

Other monuments from the Muslim period include: La Giralda, at Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, a legendary tower built by the Almohads; La Torre del Oro (the Gold Tower), at Paseo de las Delicias, (known as Borg-al-Azajal by the Arabs) was built by an Almohad governor as a guard tower; and the Triana barrio will give you an idea of what a medieval Moorish Sevilla neighborhood looked like.

Parks

The Parque de María Luisa, at Plaza de España, is a delightful urban park donated in 1893 by Royal Princess María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón y Borbón, Duchess of Montpensier. It was designed by French engineer Jean-Claude Forestier, who added Andalusian and French elements to the park. The Museo de Artes y Costumbres populares (Museum of Popular Arts and Costumes) is located by the park at Plaza de América. Phone: +34 95 423 2576.

Neighborhoods

For many years, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in Sevilla. The Jewish quarters are known as juderías. Walking through calle Céspedes, you will be in the heart of the Barrio de San Bartolomé, which, together with the Santa Cruz barrio, formed the old Jewish Quarter of Sevilla. The Iglesia de San Bartolomé church, used to be a synagogue until the 14th century.

Museums

Museo de Bellas Artes is one of Spain's most important art galleries after Madrid's Museo del Prado. Its 14 halls houses works from the Gothic period until the 20th Century. Plaza del Museo 9. Phone: +34 95 4220790. Fax: 954413862.

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Andalusian Art Center). Avenida Americo Vespucio 2. Phone: +34 95 5037070.

After the Muslim period, Sevilla became the gateway to the Americas. Many ships returned to the port of Sevilla from the American colonies. The Archivo de Indias (Archive of the Indies), located at Avda. de la Constitución s/n, is one of the world's greatest archives. It includes Christopher Columbus' diary, as well as thousands of documents related with the Spanish presence in the Americas.

Museo de Carruajes is the coach museum. Convento de los Remedios. Plaza de Cuba 5. Phone: +34 95 4272604.

Churches and Cathedrals

As other major European cities, Sevilla also has impressive Christian houses of worship. The Cathedral is located at Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, right next to La Giralda. There is also the Basilica de la Macarena, at Calle Resolana s/n, which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city and houses one of the city's oldest Holy Week religious brotherhoods.

Palaces

Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House), located at Plaza de Pilatos is a magnificent 16th century Seville-style palace built by the Marquee of Tarifa.

Theme Parks

If you like theme parks, go to Isla Mágica, www.islamagica.es at Cartuja Island, where the 1992 World Expo took place. It is dedicated to Spanish exploration and the Americas, including areas dedicated to the Maya culture, the Amazon, etc.

Resources for Tourists

There are many other monuments, museums and cool places to visit. For more information about Sevilla, check out the city's tourist information site, which has a section in English: http://www.turismo.Sevilla.org

Sources

Alonso Montoya (Lunadisco), Ricardo de Castro (Contradanza) and Angel Romero.

sevilla.txt · Last modified: 2011/09/22 00:55 by angelromero