The Flamenco Poets Society began its annual Café Cantante series in 2007 to enhance the drama of our readings and introduce the audience to the relationship between poetry, music and dance in an intimate setting. Recent programs have included:
2014 – Manuel de Falla & Federico Garcia Lorca – Music & Poetry – In collaboration with artists Brinton Averil Smith, Cello & Evelyn Chen, Piano – (Siete Canciones Españolas, Danza Española from La Vida Breve & Danza Ritual del Fuego de “El Amor Brujo”) Ben Lind, Poetry Reading. The program pertains to Lorca & Falla’s collaboration during the Festival of Cante Jondo organized in Granada in 1922.
2013 – Pablo Neruda: Love Poems for Matilde Urrutia featuring Randy Cordero on flamenco guitar, Paco Garrigues (cante) and Ben Lind reading the poetry of Pablo Neruda.
2012 – Lorca – Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias. The Society celebrated our muse Federico Garcia Lorca with Ritmos Flamencos ( Flamenco Rhythms) with Randy Cordero, flamenco guitar, and Ben Lind, poetry reading at the Brazilian Arts Foundation.
2011- Lorca – Poema del Cante Jondo- Poetry, Music & Dance. This special collaborative presentation based on poems from “Poem of the Deep Song” included artists: Randy Cordero and Luisma Ramos ( flamenco guitarists) Paco Garrigues, cante, Alexandra Simmons & Laura Garrigues (dancers) & Ben Lind poetry.
2010 – Recopilando Poemas, Escritos con Amor. The society honored Colombian poet Guillermo Hernández Espinosa reading selections from his book of prose with performances of guitar, cante and baile.
Photo by Matt Bynum
Randy Cordero known as “El Garrobo” is a San Antonio based flamenco guitarist. He has studied both in Spain and the U.S. with prestigious guitarists such as Rene Heredia, Roberto Castellon, Paco Garrigues, Kai Narezo, Chuscales, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Domingo Rubichi. Randy’s musical style is a blend of traditional Jerez style flamenco and contemporary influences. An up-and-coming flamenco guitarist of great passion, he is in great demand to perform with flamenco groups throughout Texas. In addition, Mr. Cordero has collaborated with other professional flamenco artists and dance companies in Colorado and Mexico. Randy works closely with Flamenco Cantaor and guitarist Paco Garrigues and their duo, “Garrobo y Garrigues” strives to offer Texas a new perspective on flamenco. As an instructor, Randy teaches the basics of flamenco guitar to students of all levels. Using patience and dedication, Randy believes in passing down his skills to the next generation by emphasizing the traditional techniques of flamenco and exploring more modern influences. At present he is the artist in residence for The Flamenco Poets Society – Café Cantante Series.