The Flamenco Experience with Brook Zern


About The Flamenco Experience

The Flamenco Experience offers special programs for both general audiences and academic groups. The academic programs are designed for university departments including Spanish, Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology and Sociology. The general audience programs appeal to a wide array of groups, ranging from the intellectually curious to serious flamenco aficionados and avid students of the art. While the commentaries draw upon rigorous underlying knowledge, the mood is light and informal, with questions always welcome and spontaneous exchanges especially valued.

Flamenco GuitarIn addition to showing rare films, flamenco guitar playing may be used to illustrate key musical points, and Master Classes for flamenco guitarists can be added to the program. All programs can be presented in Spanish if desired.

Whether you are planning a university academic program, a music festival or other cultural event, The Flamenco Experience offers an extremely convenient, cost-effective way to add an informative, intriguing and always welcome dimension.

The Flamenco Experience also works with tour operators who want to provide an authentic and memorable cultural experience as a highlight of any tour to Spain.

Add the flamenco experience to your next event:

University Programs

Music Festivals/Cultural Events

Authentic Spanish Flamenco Tours

About the Director

Brook Zern photo by Paco SanchezBrook Zern, director of The Flamenco Experience, has spent the past four decades learning about the art of flamenco and its cultural context in Spain, and sharing his insights with audiences across the U.S. He is widely considered a leading authority on the subject, and his perspective on flamenco also sheds light on Spain’s literature, poetry, art, traditions and fast-changing society.

In November 2008, King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Brook with the Cruz de Isabel la Catolica for his extraordinary work in disseminating Spanish culture in the U.S.

It is the first time that this rare honor – the highest that Spain can bestow upon a foreigner – has been awarded for the dissemination of insight and information about flamenco and its many cultural dimensions within Spain and the world beyond.

Brook Zern knightedIn addition to frequently speaking about flamenco at Music Festivals, cultural events and universities, Brook has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the subject. He has appeared on television and on hundreds of radio programs.

Brook is Flamenco Editor of Guitar Review, and his articles have run in the New York Times, Music Journal and El Pais among many other American and Spanish publications. He also directs the Flamenco Center USA, providing resources and guidance to scholars and flamenco aficionados.

Brook Zern in 1968But the fact is, formal credentials don't mean much in flamenco circles. The essential knowledge about the art is not acquired from reading – or writing – books. It is imparted person-to-person, and only after gaining the respect of artists and aficionados who then share their views in conversation and by performing for friends in intimate fiestas in secret city cellars, or in dingy bars in dusty towns.

Brook has had the rare privilege of knowing many of the now immortal figures in the art singers such as La Fernanda de Utrera, Juan Talega, Manolito de la Maria, El Chocolate and Manuel Agujetas; guitarists (and his teachers) Diego del Gastor, Nino Ricardo, Pepe Martinez, Sabicas and Mario Escudero; and dancers El Farruco, Angelita Vargas and Manuela Carrasco. These and hundreds of other artists and aficionados are his sources.

"Twenty years ago, I thought I knew a lot about this art," Brook says. "Since then, I have gradually realized that I've barely begun the learning process."

(Bio photo by Paco Sánchez)

Text and images © Brook Zern / The Flamenco Experience / / Paco Sánchez



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