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THE DOCUMENTARY FILM VIAJE AL DUENDE IS THE RESULT OF MY JOURNEY TO SPAIN LOOKING FOR THE TRUE SOUL OF FLAMENCO.

 

IN 1999 I TRAVELED ALONE TO SPAIN TO SEE IF I COULD FIND FLAMENCO IN IT'S PUREST FORM.¬† I AM AMERICAN WHO PLAYS GUITAR AND CONTINUING TO DEVELOP AS A FLAMENCO PLAYER.  YET ON THIS JOURNEY, MORE THAN SEEKING TO IMPROVE MY TECHNIQUE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE MUSIC, I WAS LOOKING TO EXPERIENCE THE CORE OF THE CULTURE IN FLAMENCO.

 

I WAS HOPING TO FEEL MY HAIR STANDING ON END WITH GOOSE BUMPS ON MY ARMS, THAT FEELING WHEN YOUR EYES WELL UP IN TEARS WITH A BEWILDERED SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND SHIVERS GO UP THE SPINE. WHEN A PERSON SEES, HEARS AND FEELS SOMETHING TRUE, PURE AND INSPIRATIONAL OR WHEN AN ARTIST IS IN THE "MOMENT" CONNECTED TO THE AUDIENCE, THAT IS REFERRED TO IN FLAMENCO AS THE "DUENDE" AND THAT IS WHAT I WAS HOPING TO FIND.

 

MY FIRST TRIP LASTED ABOUT 6 MONTHS.¬†DURING THIS TIME I SOUGHT OUT, TRAVELED WITH AND EVEN HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO PLAY GUITAR WITH SOME BRILLIANT FLAMENCO MUSICIANS AS WELL AS HAVING HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THAT ALLUSIVE "MOMENT" THAT THEY CALL "DUENDE."  OVER THE FOLLOWING YEARS I RETURNED TO SPAIN SEVERAL TIMES TO FILM THOSE ARTISTS AND MANY MORE.

 

VIAJE AL DUENDE IS AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT IT IS LIKE TO EXPERIENCE FLAMENCO IN THE STREETS AND HOMES OF ANDALUSIA, (THE SOUTHERN REGION OF SPAIN) WHERE THE HEART OF FLAMENCO COMES FROM.

 

IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS DOCUMENTARY, WHICH AT TIMES SEEMED TO BE MAKING ITSELF, I FELT AS THOUGH I WAS LITERALLY BEING GUIDED BY "EL DUENDE."