Carmen Linares

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Carmen Linares is the stage name of Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez. Born in 1951 in Linares, Jaén Province, she is known as one of the finest flamenco singers in Spain.[1] She belongs to the same generation of artists like Enrique Morente, Camaron, Paco de Lucía, Pepe Habichuela, José Mercé and Tomatito and she is considered as flamenco legend.

Carmen Linares

Carmen Linares has carved out a place for herself in contemporary Spanish musical culture. She's conquered a privileged position in the world of Flamenco music on her own merits, having become one of Flamenco music's most critically acclaimed and international artists. She is recognized as flamenco lead vocal reference for young artist generation like Estrella Morente, Miguel Poveda, Pitingo, Arcangel, Marina Heredia and Rocio Marquez.

Biography[edit]

In the 1970s and '80s she worked in Madrid alongside artists such as Enrique Morente, Camarón, Carmen Mora, and the brothers Juan and Pepe Habichuela. That's how it all began.

Carmen Linares was the chosen voice to re-open Manuel de Falla's original version of "El Amor Brujo" in the open of Seville Flamenco Biennial. She's been one of the first Flamenco artists who, invited by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, acted in the Lincoln Center. The New York Times described her as "a singer with incredible expressive power". She has sung with important conductors like Frühbech de Burgos, Josep Pons and Leo Brower.

She recorded great flamenco albums like "Antología de la mujer en el cante" and "Lorca Traditional Popular Songs" Both album have been considered as top albums for flamenco specialist journalists. "Antología" was recorded with the guitars by Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Moraito, Pepe Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni, etc. and its one of the most famous flamenco albums. In "Canciones Populares de Lorca" she sang lyrics of Federico García Lorca and won French Academy Best Album. The first one because its about cante jondo classic and second one has been selected for soundtrack for Victor Ullate's Ballet and Theatral Piece "Un rato, un minuto, un siglo..." with actress Lola Herera.

Carmen Linares in Madrid (2017)

Carmen has got involved in projects like "Apocalipsis" with actress Irene Papas, "Locura de brisa y trino" by great guitar player Manolo Sanlúcar, "Poet in New York" by coreographer Blanca Li, "Lamentations of Jeremiah" by jazz pianist Uri Caine whom she has performed in venues as prestigious auditoriums as the Lincoln Center in New York, Sydney Opera House, Theatre Chaillot in Paris, Liceo de Barcelona and Madrid Auditorium.

Since 2009 to 2015 she has released several music projects like "Raíces y Alas", "Ensayo Flamenco", "Remembranzas" and "Oasis Abierto" dedicated to universal Spanish poets like Federico García Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez and Rafael Alberti.. Also she has premiered a new flamencojazz show titled "Cu4tro" with Jorge Pardo, Carlos Benavent and Tino Di Geraldo and a new flamencojazz "Encuentro" with Cañizares new adaptation about "El Amor Brujo" and flamenco traditional songs performing in Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Cite de la Musique in Paris, etc. In 2017 she release her new album "Verso a Verso homage to Miguel Hernández" and she won Best Flamenco Album MIN Awards.

In 2018 she was on tour with the show "Tempo de Luz" with singers Arcangel and Marina Heredia in Carnegie Hall in New York, Sadler's Wells in London, Wilshire Elbell in Los Angeles, Teatro Grec in Barcelona, Miami Adrienne and Teatro del Canal in Madrid, etc. In 2019 she is also on tour with "El Amor Brujo" with symphonic orchestra and with her last album "Verso a Verso" accompanied by a piano, guitar, double bass, and drums. Carmen's voice seeks out intimacy to convey her flamenco expression in this selection of unique songs.

She is the only flamenco woman artist who has won the National Music Award by Ministry of Culture of Spain.

Discography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Date Album Label Info
2017 "Verso a Verso" Salobre Carmen Linares, Salvador Gutiérrez and Eduardo Pacheco (guitars), Pablo Suárez (piano), Josemi Garzón (double bass), Karo Sampela (percussion), Silvia Perez Cruz, Arcángel (vocal), Lucía Espín (back vocal), Camerata Flamenco Project (flote and cello). Lirycs: Miguel Hernández
2011 "Remembranzas" Salobre Carmen Linares, Miguel Poveda, Juan Carlos Romero, Paco Cortés, Salvador Gutiérrez, Miguel Ángel Cortés, Eduardo Pacheco and Paco Cruzado (flamenco guitars) Pablo Suárez (piano), Jose Luis Ortiz Nuevo (actor), Julio Blasco (doublebass), Pedro Esparza (flute), Rafael Villanueva (violin), Ana María González, Javier González, Rosario Amador (backing vocal), Javier Baron (dance)
2008 "Raíces y Alas" Salobre Carmen Linares, Juan Carlos Romero (guitar), Tino Digeraldo and Antonio Coronel (percussion). Lirycs: Juan Ramón Jiménez
2002 "Un ramito de locura" Universal Carmen Linares, Gerardo Núñez (guitar), Pablo Martín Caminero, Cepillo. Letras Populares, José Angel Valente
1999 "Locura de brisa y trino" Universal Manolo Sanlúcar and Isidro Muñoz (guitars), Carmen Linares, Tino Di Geraldo, Cepillo. Letras de Federico García Lorca.

(Featuring)

1996 "Antología de la mujer" Universal Carmen Linares, Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Moraito, Pepe Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni, Juan Habichuela, Ketama, Enrique de Melchor, Paco Cepero, José Antonio Rodríguez, Manolo Franco, Juan Carmona, Perico del Lunar, Paco Cortés and Miguel Angel Cortés (guitars), Javier Barón, Manolo Soler and Antonio Carmona (percussion)
1993 "Canciones Populares de Lorca" Auvidis Carmen Linares, Paco Cortés and Miguel Ángel Cortés (guitar), Javier Colina (double bass), José Antonio Galicia (percussion), Juan Parrilla (flute), Bernardo Parrilla (violin), Estrella Morente (back vocals). Letras de Federico García Lorca
1994 "Desde el Alma" Network Carmen Linares, Paco Cortés and Miguel Angel Cortés (guitars), Jesús Heredia (percussion)
1991 "La luna en el río" Auvidis Carmen Linares, Paco Cortes and Pedro Sierra (guitars), Carlos Benavent (bass), Javier Barón (dance)
1988 "Cantaora" Warner Carmen Linares, Paco Cortes and Pedro Sierra (guitars), Antonio Carmona (percussion), Javier Barón (dance)
1984 "Su cante" Hispavox Carmen Linares, Pepe Habichuela and Luis Habichuela (guitars), Manuel Soler (dance), Juan Carmona Camborio (citar), Antonio Carmona (percussion), Guadiana and Amparo Habichuela (back vocals)
1978 "Carmen Linares" Hispavox Carmen Linares, Pepe Habichuela and Luis Habichuela (guitars)
1972 "Carmen Linares canta flamenco" Movieplay Carmen Linares, Juan Habichuela

Guest Performances (Music Albums)[edit]

Date Label Artist Title Songs
2018 MeliamMusic Roque Baños "The man who killed Don Quijote" "Tarde azul de Abril" with José Luis Montón. Original Soundtrack Band for movie "The man who killed Don Quijote" by Terry Gilliam
2018 Salobre Camerata Flamenco Project "Falla 3.0" Nana-Asturiana of "Siete Canciones Populares" by Manuel de Falla
2016 Universal Homenaje a Luz Casal "Una luz flamenca" "Entre mis recuerdos" with Lucía Espín.
2016 Universal Miguel Poveda 13 "La luz que a mi me alumbraba" with Miguel Poveda – in Las Ventas Madrid
2014 Universal Pitingo "Cambio de tercio" "Arbolé, Arbolé". Lyrics: Federico García Lorca
2014 Sony Joan Manuel Serrat "Antología desordenada" "Saeta" with Joan Manuel Serrat. Producer: Javier Limón
2014 Cozytime José Luis Móntón y Teresa del Pozo "Flamencokids 2" "Juanito el Burgahillo"
2013 Warner Miguel Campello "Chatarrero2" "Tuyo" with Carlos Benavent, Tino Di Geraldo
2013 Universal Hommage to Miguel Hernández "Para la libertad" "El sol, la rosa y el niño" con Pablo Suárez. Lyrics: Miguel Hernández
2012 EMI Los Evangelistas "Homenaje a Enrique Morente" "Delante de mi madre" with Los Planetas
2012 Sony Hommage to Joaquín Sabina "De purísima y oro" "Pongamos que hablo de Madrid" con Javier Limón
2011 Universal Hommage to Joan Manuel Serrat "Cantares" "Poema de amor" con Juan Carlos Romero
2010 Universal Javier Limón "Mujeres de agua" "Media luna me sonríe"
2003 Universal Varios artistas "Territorio flamenco" "Se equivocó la paloma". Lirycs: Rafael Alberti
2003 Universal Hommage to Juanito Valderrama "Flamencos por Valderrama" "Garbo Malagueño" con Niño Josele
1999 Universal Manolo Sanlúcar "Locura de brisa y trino" "Adan", "Normas", "El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba", "Gacela de amor desesperado", "Campo", "Son de negros", "Normas". Lyrics: Federico García Lorca
1999 Universal Carlos Nuñez "Os amores libres" "A orillas del río Sil"

Guest Performances (Theatre, Cinema)[edit]

Date Title Perform Art Artist Info
2018 "Jaén. Virgen & Extra" Cinema José Luis Lopez Linares Recording Studio for Original Soundtrack Band. Songs: "Aceituneros", "Nana" and "Canción de los Olivitos".
2018 "The man who killed Don Quijote" Cinema Terry Gilliam Recording Studio for Original Soundtrack Band. Song: "Tarde Azul de Abril"
2017 "Seneca" Theatre Performing Theatre Spanish Company Actress and singer rolling as "Helvia" (Seneca's mother) with Antonio Valero. Adaptation and Director: Emilio Hernandez. Original Screenplay: Antonio Gala
2016 "Miguel Poveda. 13" Cinema Miguel Poveda Performing with Miguel Poveda in Plaza de las Ventas in Madrid.
2013 "Federico García Lorca. Que no he muerto" Theatre José Samano Music Direction for theatre play about life and plays of Federico García Lorca
2009 "The limits of control" Cinema Jim Jarmusch Recording Studio for Original Soundtrack Band. Song: "El que se tenga por grande"
2007 "Poet in Nueva York" Theatre Blanca Lí Performing Music Theatre Show with Blanca Li about life and plays of Federico García Lorca
1998 "Apocalipsis, voz de mujer" Theatre Irene Papas Actress and singer rolling as Luz
1997 "Un rato, un minuto, un siglo..." Theatre José Sámano Theatre Play with Lola Herrera about life and plays of Federico García Lorca
1995 "Flamenco" Cinema Carlos Saura "Taranta" with Rafael Riqueni

Awards[edit]

Date Premio
2019 Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts by City of Madrid
2019 Nomination Best Original Song – Goya Awards – Song: "Tarde azul de abril" de Roque Baños for the movie "The man who killed Don Quijote" de Terry Gilliam
2018 Best Flamenco Álbum – MIN Awards – Album: "Verso a Verso canta a Miguel Hernández"
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award – Spanish Music Academy –
2009 Best Flamenco Álbum – Spanish Music Academy – Album: "Raíces y Alas"
2006 Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts by the Ministry of Culture of Spain
2001 National Music Award by the Ministry of Culture os Spain
2000 Nomination Best Flamenco Album – Latin Grammy Awards – Album: "Ramito de Locura"
2000 Nomination Best Flamenco Album – Spanish Music Academy – Album: "Ramito de Locura"
1998 Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts by Government of Andalucía
1991 Best Flamenco Álbum – French Music Academy – Album: "La Luna en el río"
1988
Best Music Álbum – ICARO Awards – Album: "Cantaora"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webster, Jason (8 June 2015). "The Recent Rise of Female Famenco Guitarists: Here Come Las Tocaoras!". Classical Guitar. Retrieved 4 January 2016.

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