April 7, 2012. 8.30 p.m.
Martirio, the Spanish singer who reinvented popular Spanish music, comes back to Miami after four years to celebrate 25 years on stage. Presented by FUNDarte and Mega TV, Martirio invites us to join her celebration with “Re-Cordar”, a unique concert to remember her best songs, which will take place on Saturday, April 7th at 8.30 p.m. at the Miami- Dade County Auditorium.
Martirio has occupied a unique place in the world of Spanish music, and world music overall; she has taken ownership over the expression of heartbreak and female sensuality so common to the copla, and has reinvigorated it with a new, emancipated energy and soulfulness. “With her dark sunglasses and spired peineta (the ornamental comb worn by flamenco singers), she’s created a semi-satiric princess-of-darkness persona that isn’t hard for outsiders to understand” observed The New York Times, and reviewed her performances as completely unique in their ability to bewitch audiences with her depth of expression, but refreshing in their accessibility – even to non-Spanish speakers.
Re-Cordar is an intimate concert, almost a Cabaret, in which Martirio’s voice will be accompanied by the guitarist Pepe Rodríguez and the pianist Jesús Lavilla. In Martirio’s own words, Re-Cordar is “to share again those songs that remain in her memories and heart. These songs have walked by my side for 25 years of research and love of popular music, which I have put all together inside a copla, bolero, tango, jazz, flamenco, and tumbao…”
For 25 years, Martirio has reinvented the copla, a Spanish traditional music genre, bestowing upon it with the universality that it deserves and freeing it from any bondage of the past. She has dared all styles: jazz, bossa nova, tango, flamenco, bolero, pop, rock and even with the traditional Sevillanas; an audacity that she has shared with other contemporaries such as Chano Domínguez, Kiko Veneno, Vicente Amigo, Lila Downs, Omara Portuondo, Franco Battiato, Compay Segundo and Chucho Valdes. Martirio has been nominated for a Latin Grammy (Best 2002 Flamenco Album for “Mucho corazón”) and has received two awards from the Academy of Spanish Music: Best Spanish album of 2005 for “Acoplados” and Best Fusion Album 2007 for “Primavera en NY “.
Tickets are $48, $38, $33, and $28. $5 discount for Students (18 and under) & Seniors (65 and over), and Centro Cultural de España en Miami (CCEM) Members with ID. Available discounts for groups (10 or more). For tickets, please call 800.745.3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Box-office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. General information is available by calling 305.547.5414.