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Bright start of the I International Congress on Cantes flamenco Mining (02/06/2010)

The Mayor of La Union and President of the International Festival of Cante de Las Minas, Francisco Bernabé, the Director General of Universities and Scientific Policy, Eduardo Osuna, the Director of the Universidad del Mar, Manuela Lopez Tenes, and the Vice President for University Extension University of Murcia, Francisco Guillermo Díaz Baños, presided the opening ceremony of the First International Conference on Cantes Flamenco Miners, to be held in the mining town until 4 June.

Francisco Bernabé has indicated that "this was the year shown to start the Congress has done."

"It's a big year for the Festival which celebrates its Golden Jubilee, and also for the municipality, which in 2010 celebrated its first 150 years of life."

Barnabas has listed the important news that has featured the Festival throughout the year "award for foreign correspondents in Spain as the event in our country with the highest international impact, accepting the honorary presidency of the event by His Majesty the King the initiation of the resulting file with the declaration of Cultural Property for Cantes Miners, the establishment of the Foundation Cante de Las Minas, etc. All these facts, coupled with the exceptional programming L Festival, will make this a unforgettable year, "Barnabas continued, only to encourage students to" enjoy the wonderful world of flamenco. "

The researcher and writer José Blas Vega has been commissioned to deliver the inaugural lecture of the congress deep into the formation and development of mining cante.

Blas Vega is the first scholar to write about the songs of mine at work sketch for a history of singing from the mines, which provided for an overview of these styles.

The Spaniard has meant to the Alpargatero The Red and Antonio Chacón as "the great teachers and performers who had the singing up."

Blas Vega has referred to The Red The Alpargatero as the "operator of the mine" while it was Ramon Montoya "touches mine."

Professor Miguel Angel López Morell, and the official chronicler of La Union, Francisco Rodenas, have staged the second of the conference reflecting on the history of mining and unionense society.

To close the morning session, the documentary has been screened 40 years of flamenco, issued by the prestigious weekly report TVE program to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Festival del Cante de Las Minas.

And in the evening, the First International Conference on Cantes Flamenco Mining has continued with the presentation by Antonio & David Hurtado Torres, entitled The Songs of Mine: key of flamenco music.

During his presentation, stressed that "the peculiarity that flamenco has not been accompanied by the musicology that it should be assumed. Much of the flamenco is myth or legend and oral tradition, which may have distorted the history of flamenco" .

For siblings Hurtado, mining songs occupy "a leading position in the history of flamenco. Flamenco should not be solely the province of Andalusia, but there are regions like Extremadura and Murcia, which have meaning for its flamenco tradition ".

The conference day ended with Professor José Francisco Ortega Castejon, academic director of the Congress.

Ortega has highlighted the difficulty of flamenco to be "an unwritten tradition music, which has the disadvantage that have been songs by the way."

"Thanks to the recordings have been saved styles that have been lost."

To end the first day of Congress, welcomed the action by Rocío Segura, accompanied on guitar by child sponsorship.

Safe, Efficient Mining in 2000, has been demonstrated in the mine Groups Vicenta, rather than the recital, his great command of rhythm, momentum and knowledge of singing, qualities which made him triumphant in La Union a decade ago.

The First International Conference on Cantes Flamenco Miners, to be held in the Union until June 4 is part of the schedule of summer courses at the Universidad Internacional del Mar.

Source: Ayuntamiento de La Unión

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