7th Biennial New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium

In conjunction with the 32nd Annual Festival Flamenco Alburquerque

The National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 21-22, 2019


This year’s conference theme is “In Time: The Past, Present, and Future of Temporality in Flamenco.” We seek to facilitate discourse surround “time” as it has related and currently relates to flamenco, focusing on the impact of history and historicity, the process of transmission, moments and impacts of historical moments of fissure, and understandings of time throughout the history, educational, and presentation of flamenco. From an ethnomusicology perspective, this could include discussions about flamenco time signatures, ideas about how time is practiced, and influences and development in use of time.

Held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, the New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium is a biennial event that is a comprehensive gathering of theorists, practitioners, artists, patrons, and members of the public, each providing a unique opportunity to discuss various aspects of the art form of flamenco, including its history in New Mexico and abroad. We invite faculty, staff and students of higher education, researchers, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to participate in the New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium. This event is open to the public, providing academic and practical learning opportunities as well as access to the world's foremost flamenco scholars, historians, and artists. The purpose of this conference is to supplement traditional means of education with fresh ideas in the ever-evolving world of flamenco arts.


Dr. Norberto Torres

Dr. Norberto Torres

Considered an accomplished flamenco guitarist and one of the most revered flamenco guitar scholars in the world today, we are proud to welcome Dr. Norberto Torres to FFABQ32!

Torres was born in Saint-Fons, Lyon, France in 1960 to parents who emigrated from Andalucía. He holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Lyon II, a Diploma in Classical Guitar and Solfege from the Vénissieux Conservatory (Lyon), is Full Professor of French Philology at EEMM since 1987, is a Doctor in Human and Social Sciences from the University of Almería since 2009, with the thesis of 'The Popular to Flamenco: Musicological and Cultural Aspects of the Flamenco Guitar (Centuries XVI-XIX)'. The author of numerous books, Dr. Torres is a respected interpreter of the history and cultural influence of the flamenco guitar. 

Dr. Torres will present “Paco de Lucía y la Tradicción Guitarristica del Flamenco,” focusing on Paco de Lucía’s professional and recording career, and exploring his musical language so as to observe to what extent it has renewed the tradition of flamenco guitar while projecting it into the current of “world music.”


Estela Zatania

Estela Zatania

Estela Zatania began playing folk guitar at the age of eleven, but soon switched to flamenco under the guidance of maestro Mario Escudero.  At the same time, she began studying flamenco singing with a disciple of legendary singer Antonio el Chaqueta.  At 18, she went on tour singing for the José Greco company, and worked in Canada and South America with other major flamenco groups of the era. In 1970 she moved to Spain and continued singing for dance groups and in tablaos

In 1980 she formed her own group with which she worked non-stop through the year 2001 when the director of an online flamenco magazine, after reading some of her messages on an internet forum, asked her to join the staff as commentator, and in 2002 she was signed on as managing editor of the electronic magazine Deflamenco, where she continues to work and has published hundreds of articles.

In 2003 she received a research grant from the Cultural Ministry of the Andalusian government to study the development of flamenco among migrant gypsy field-workers in the area of the lower Guadalquivir river after the Spanish Civil War, a period and location now considered crucial in the preservation and cultivation of traditional flamenco.  The result of that study, Flamencos de Gañanía (2007 Ediciones Giralda, Sevilla), has been hailed by Spanish experts as a seminal work, and was voted best flamenco book of 2007.

Contributing writer for numerous specialized books, and consultant for a number of flamenco documentaries, in 2014 she was named Honorary Consultant of the Fundación Carlos Ledermann para las Artes Musicales. In 2004 she received the National Prize “Ciudad de La Unión” for Excellence in Flamenco Journalism.  In 2005 the same prize was awarded to Deflamenco which also received the critic’s choice award “Flamenco Hoy” for best source of flamenco information.

Founding member of the Foro Cultural Flamenco “Morón 2004”, Estela is a regular panel member of the weekly flamenco radio program “Los Caminos del Cante” since 2004 and bilingual speaker on flamenco in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Estela Zatania lives in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and is a regular contributor to specialized magazines such as Acordes de Flamenco, Nueva Alboreá (official publication of the Spanish Cultural Ministry), Arco Flamenco, Sevilla Flamenca, Alma100, El Olivo, A Compás, La Flamenca, Al-Yazirat Sociedad de Cante Grande, official magazines of the Festival de Jerez and the Festival del Cante de las Minas de La Unión, and in summer writes a regular flamenco column for the newspaper La Voz de Cádiz.


Registration information

Conference registration fees include access to Symposium presentations, a printed Symposium program, Festival Flamenco 32 tote bag, Festival Flamenco 32 commemorative program, boxed lunch, and refreshments.

Presenter Registration: $30 (additional discount codes do not apply)

Student Conference Registration: $75 (offer available for all students with valid student ID, required at check-in)

Half-Day Attendance,* Regular Registration $85

*Attendee selects half-day Saturday attendance (includes Friday programming and either 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Saturday, includes lunch and entry to Keynote Speaker presentation)

Full Conference Registration,* Regular Registration $125

*Attendee receives entry to both days of conference programming, lunch, and entry to Keynote Speaker presentation)

**Festival Registrant Discount 40% OFF PROMO CODE: FFABQ32History

**This discount is available for any Festival Flamenco participant (excluding conference presenters) who has registered for a Festival Flamenco Workshop, All Access Package, or purchased a Ticket Package or NM Ticket Pass.


Alice Blumenfeld

Silvia Canarim

Eva Encinias

Maria Gabriela Estrada

Julie Galle Baggenstoss

Theresa Goldbach

Dr. Nancy G. Heller

Daniele Luciana Zill Heuert

Dr. Fernando López

Dr. Kathy Milazzo

Ryan Rockmore

Catherine Taylor

Dr. Norberto Torres

Estela Zatania

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