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Oliver Rajamani - Flamenco India Film Screening & Performance
Thursday May 3rd (7pm)
Texas Folkife Gallery
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
“Flamenco India” is an innovative musical journey into the deep and historical Indian roots of Spain’s Gypsy flamenco created and guided by award-winning Austin, TX based artist Oliver Rajamani.
This project is a culturally unique endeavor depicting the journey of the Romani people from India to Spain in music and dance. The Flamenco India All Stars is a culturally unique music ensemble composed of musicians such as Ismail Khan, Sakoor Khan, Bandu Khan Langa, and Hanif Khan Langa and Daniel Caballero Perez.
Rajamani has been honing his unique interpretations of flamenco and Indian music by adding new rhythms and melodies and composing original pieces of music not found anywhere. With deep knowledge in both flamenco and Indian traditions and lauded by many in the musical field including the great Paco De Lucia for his original Indo-flamenco creations, Rajamani is one of the very few artists in the world who has been shedding light on the Indian roots of Spain's Gypsy flamenco music and dance before it became a commonly recognized concept.
Rajamani's documentary film incorporates the history of how flamenco and Roma culture influenced the Americas, especially Mexico and Texas. Flamenco India charts the cultural history of Texas and the people who settled here, featuring interviews with a variety of scholars and artists. The film also brings focus to the World Romani Center, located in Austin, the world's largest historical Romani archives.
With "Flamenco India", Rajamani enhances the Indian roots to the flamenco experience by adding new Indian rhythmic, melodic and dance concepts not found in traditional flamenco. Rajamani takes his audiences back to the original ancient roots of Roma/Gypsy genetics and music which begins in the ancient deep mystical lands of Southern India, then migrating to Rajasthan and Spain.
"Flamenco India" sample
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