Diego El Cigala, the award-winning brilliant Madrid cantaor (flamenco singer) who redefined the core existence of flamenco music arrives in Israel for the fourth time featuring a passionate and unbounded duo performance in the background of the mesmerizing views of Eilat Port.
Over the last decade and a half, Diego El Cigala has been known as one of the greatest flamenco singers in the world and the one who made a huge difference bringing traditional style into modern times. He is renowned for his warm vibrato vocal, mastery of a variety of Latin music styles, abundant musical collaborations and allegiance to the authentic flamenco legacy that is at the core of his heart.
His appearance as a pioneering bright artist in the documentary ‘Calle 54’ by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, alongside star Latin jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Eliane Elias, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, and Michel Camilo, marked his international breakthrough in the early 2000s. Subsequently his third album ‘Corren Tiempos De Alegria’, that featured some of the musicians who appeared in the film including pianist Bebo Valdés and trumpeter Jerry González, was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Flamenco Album.
Deepening the collaboration with Bebo Valdés, his fifth album, ‘Lágrimas Negras’ (Black Tears) was a stunning success worldwide, further establishing Diego El Cigala’s status as an international star. Fusing together the cante flamenco and Cuban piano has created an innovative composition that received raving reviews. ‘Lágrimas Negras’ won several music awards, was nominated for seven American and Latin Grammy Awards and was titled in 2003, Album of the Year by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times.
Diego El Cigala’s highly sought-after performance, Lágrimas Negras Duo, breathes life into this intrinsic album this year at the Red Sea Jazz Festival bringing to the stage his captivating gypsy Spanish wild spirit alongside the sensitive and powerful piano Cuban style. A wide spectrum of emotions revealed through this musical journey into the romantic landscapes of flamenco and exciting rendezvous with the worlds of tango, salsa, bolero, rumba, and other Latin music realms.
Diego El Cigala – Lágrimas Negras Duo
Diego El Cigala Vocals
Jaime Calabuch Piano
Photography by Anya Bartel
Duration of the show: 75 minutes