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First Friday Juerga

December 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


First Friday Juerga is a free community event open to everyone of all ages. This flamenco inspired jam session encourages everyone who attends to join in the song dance music and creativity. Please BYOB and bring a snack to share.A juerga is a kind of flamenco jam session where there is no distinction between audience and performers and everyone takes part supporting each other in collective playing singing and dancing. During particularly inspired moments participants shout out “Olé!” encouraging each other with rhythmic handclapping called “palmas.” The atmosphere and camaraderie a juerga creates are much like that of a southern American gospel service and a “juerga flamenca” can easily attain the proportions of a religious ritual.The unique component in Pasión y Arte’s First Friday Juerga is that the invitation to participate is open to all genres of music singing dance and spoken word. The goal is to create new flamenco languages from different traditions. Special guest musicians and dancers ” both professional flamencos students aficionados artists from other Latino and non-Latino traditions ” are invited to each juerga.At the beginning of each First Friday Juerga Pasión y Arte’s Artistic and Executive Director Elba Hevia y Vaca gives a short lecture on the history of flamenco its components ” cante (deep song) baile (dance) and toque (guitar) ” and a mini-lesson so that the people present can become familiar with flamenco’s traditions.Pasión y Arte staged its first juerga ten years ago in 2007. 100 people came in total ” invited guests Pasión y Arte Conservatory students and people who simply wandered in off the street. Inspired by never-ending music and movement the juerga went on for three hours. First Friday Juerga has continued on since then and remains a very popular community event and currently takes places every other First Friday. 

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December 7, 2018
7:30 pm


Overbrook Garage Studio
6411 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151 United States


Elba Hevia y Vaca
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