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Rocío Márquez, flamenco diva, in concert in Funchal and Lagos

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One of the most prestigious voices of contemporary flamenco, Rocío Márquez, returns to Portugal to present his latest and multi-award-winning album ‘Visto en El Jueves’.

Rocío Márquez, a Spanish singer acclaimed by the specialized press as “the voice of the new generation of flamenco singing”, returns to Portugal for two concerts to present her latest album Visto en El Jueves. Márquez will perform on the 29th of July at the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, in Funchal, and on the 7th of August at the Centro Cultural de Lagos.

Owner of a rare voice and virtuosity, Rocío Márquez, became one of the most prominent singers of her generation, living at the confluence of flamenco with other languages. Seen En El Jueves, published in 2019, is an exercise in memory, in which Márquez revisits and reinvents old chants, different palos and Spanish popular music that he collected over time in the bustling street markets of Seville.

In 2020, the album won the prestigious Les Victoires du Jazz award in the Best Music Album in the World category. This was the first time that a flamenco album and a Spanish artist were distinguished with this award.

Márquez is in the family of flamenco renovators. Her discography shows her love for the tradition of this genre, but also the need to expand its limits, exploring and experimenting with melodies, instrumentation, arrangements and lyrics.

Early in her career, in 2008, she was awarded the legendary Lámpara Minera-the most important distinction in the world of flamenco-and since then has edited five studio albums, always well received by the public and critics alike.

From her record debut in Aquí y Ahora (2009), her following works – Claridad (2012), El Niño (2014), Firmamento (2017) – and collaborations with Fahmi Alqhai, Diálogos de viejos y nuevos sones (2018) and with Enrike Solinís and Euskal Barrokensemble, Omnia Vincit Amor (2020), they chronicle a takeoff and show us an artist in a continuous search for herself through music.

Her creative restlessness led her to share the stage with Jorge Drexler, with whom she debuted Aquiles Puentes Subtilles in 2018, and also with the prestigious Catalan producer Raül Refree, mentor of the Lina_Raül Refree project and collaborator with names such as Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Luísa Sobral.

After dazzling audiences in Lisbon (CCB) and Porto (Casa da Música) in January 2020, the flamenco diva returns to Portugal accompanied by guitar virtuoso ‘Canito’ (Juan Antonio Suárez) and percussionist Agustín Diassera, to perform at the Centro Cultural de Lagos and at the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, in Funchal, where the artistic season of 2020/2021 will close.

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