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The flamenco singers Carmen Linares, José Menese, Paco Moyano and Curro Piñana, together with the guitarists Antonio Carrión, Eduardo Pacheco and Francisco Tornero, participate in the tribute that the flamenco world pays to the professor of the University of Alicante José Antonio Martínez Bernicola, who passed away last year. The act has been conceived as a concert-dialog directed by the flamenco expert Génesis García. It will take place next 30th of January at 20,00 in the Club Información.

Josefina Samper, widow of Bernicola, has been responsible for the coordination of the act which is organized by the University of Alicante and the Ruralcaja Foundation Alicante in collaboration with the Agencia Andaluza para el Desarrollo del Flamenco (Andalusian Agency for the Development of Flamenco) of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia. The act will have the presence of the president of the University of Alicante, Ignacio Jiménez Raneda and the vice-president of Extracurricular Activities, Josefina Bueno, although, as Samper says, "many friends from the world of flamenco, culture and the Faculty of Arts (the place where Bernicola taught) have already confirmed their attendance". With this tribute, the University of Alicante wants to pay a last tribute to the figure of José Antonio Martínez Bernicola "because of his defence of culture as an antidote against the loss of consciousness".

The tribute has been presented this morning in a press conference celebrated in the Venue Ciudad de Alicante in which the vice-president of Extracurricular Activities, Josefina Bueno, the director of the Ruralcaja Foundation Alicante, Ignacio López de Zamora, the director of the Venue Ciudad de Alicante, Catalina Iliescu and Josefina Samper have participated. This last has thanked, deeply moved, the celebration of this tribute because "speaking about flamenco is speaking about José", she said.
In turn, the vice-president of Extracurricular Activities has thanked the implication of the Ruralcaja Foundation, with which Bernicola was finalizing the preparation of the series Mundo y formas del flamenco, which he developed in the UA since 2002. The responsible for the Foundation, Ignacio López de Zamora has recognized "the honour that to sponsor the last flamenco course coordinated by Bernicola meant for them" and has assured that "it was evident that this course was made with affection and feelings, but especially with the rigor and seriousness characteristics of him".

Bernicola was town councillor of culture in the Town Hall of Alicante from 1983 to 1995. In this time he created tens of libraries and the City Archives. Some cultural initiatives as the program of the Main Theatre, the conversion of the Fish Market in Exhibitions Room, the Theatre Festival of Contemporary Authors or the Music Festival and the Festival of Puppets were created by him. Together with his family, the education and his political affiliation, the leitmotif of his life was always the flamenco. The series that have been made for years in the University of Alicante and which have bring to Alicante the main flamenco figures was due to him.
The entrance to the act is free but due to the limited capacity of the room, the organization begs the confirmation of attendance before the 27th of January on the phone: 965145952, Fax: 965145958, e-mail:, a fact which will be taken into account for the access to the act.

GÉNESIS GARCÍA (moderator)
She is a prestigious flamenco expert, member of several academic associations for flamenco, as well as specialist in the Analysis of Languages and Texts in Social Communication, hardened in the "arte jondo" in the town of La Unión, recognized melting pot of the musical feeling of the mining mountains of Cartagena, Génesis García is a PhD in Spanish Studies (Filología Hispánica), has directed a department of Flamenco Studies and has published, among other studies, "Cante flamenco, cante minero: una interpretación sociocultural"(1993) and "José Menese, Biografía Jonda"(1996).

She is an artist with a great international projection. She drank from the source of flamenco, getting guitar and singing sounds in her childhood, to gift us after that with her own art reflected in unique works as "Locura de brisa y trino" (2000) about Lorca texts or the flamenco recreation of "Las Canciones Populares Antiguas" (1994). With her widely changeable style, she put flamenco sticks to Hernández, Machado or Bergamín and she believes in the necessity of evolution of this art "which was never alien to the age in which it had to live".

He started his career as flamenco singer in the Madrid of the sixties. He frequented the intellectual circles anti-Franco and he forged an orthodox art style, with jeopardized lyrics and exceeding everything until he became one of the patriarchs of flamenco. With more than four decades on his back in which time he acted in the Olympia of París or the headquarters of the UNO and with a great labour in the spread of flamenco in the university world, Menese is the maximum representative of the mairenista school and he incarnates that statement that says "the good singing hurts".

"Careful with the treatment of the popular substance, to the research of expressive qualities flying over the vulgarization and the pastiche", Paco Moyano is an artist who undertakes and risks, who fights with the singing, specially with the soleás and cantiñas de Cádiz. His taste and sensibility give to his voice a singular and own character. He directed his own Flamenco Company with more than 480 performances in Spain and abroad. He acted in the Casino Theatre of Paris, the Olympia in Madrid, the Manuel de Falla in Granada, as well as in the most emblematic places of Moscow, Buenos Aires, La Habana, among others.

He is "an artist of non-rigid metabolism". Since the flamenco adaptation of the poems by Ibn al 'Arabí "De lo humano y lo divino" (1998) and to his more recent productions as "De la vigilia al alba" (2004) or "Misa Flamenca" (2007), his art shows the polyhedral capacity of the flamenco to satisfy the intimate experiences of the receptor and confirms its intercultural dimension based on the creative reinterpretation of its roots.

He is the son of the flamenco singer Carrión de Mairena. His toque has its roots in the schools of Melchor de Marchena, Niño Ricardo and Manolo de Huelva mainly. Among other recognitions he has been awarded in the National Prizes of Flamenco of the Cátedra de Flamencología in Jerez with the prize for the best guitar of the years 2008 and 2009.

He is a guitarist and a student of flamenco, and a regular partner of Carmen Linares. He outstands for a toque with classical rigor and for the research that characterizes the current time.

He is a young guitarist from Albacete trained in the flamenco clubs of Jaén. He has acted as a companion in many places of the Spanish geography with artists as Curro Piñana, Antonio Artero and Niño Jorge, among others.

Attached file: Programa-1143

Attached file: Rueda de prensa: presentación acto homenaje a Bernicola

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