Carmen Linares

Real Name:
Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez
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Flamenco singer, born 1951 in Linares, Jaén, Spain.

Her professional career began in the dance companies of Paco Romero and Carmen Mora, and she made her first recording in 1970 with Juan "Habichuela". She was one of the first flamenco artists to be invited by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to perform "El Amor Brujo" by Falla in the Lincoln Center.

"Cantaora" is the title of one of Carmen Linares' albums because she is the indisputable 'Cantaora' (female flamenco singer) of our time. Born in Linares (Jaén, Andalusia), she has conquered a privileged position in the world of Flamenco music on her own merits, having become one of Flamenco's most critically acclaimed and international artists.

If Carmen is a mainstay in Flamenco's singing world, she's also the one who best conveys the heritage of a female tradition which has always dwelled in the same origins as 'Cante Jondo' (deep-rooted flamenco singing). For she who sings is Carmen Linares. She does not imitate; she shares her tone, her interpretational intensity, to update a first-rate musical and literary legacy.

She moved to Madrid in 1965, where she encounterd the singing prowess of some of the most renowned artists at the time – Pepe Matrona, Juan Varea, Rafael Romero, Fosforito and many others. At the turn of the decade she began her professional career in Carmen Mora and Paco Romero's dance companies, making her debut album in 1970 accompanied by Juan Habichuela. Afterwards she made the great professional leap into the intense world of 'Tablaos' (Flamenco venues) – Torres Bermejas, Chinitas – which gathered talents such as Camarón, Enrique Morente, Perla de Cádiz, Serranito, the "Habichuelas". That is how it all began.

Carmen Linares was the chosen voice to re-open Manuel de Falla's original version of "El Amor Brujo" (The Magic Love), in the inauguration of the VI Biennal of Flamenco Art in Seville. That constant search for new forms of expression, has culminated in an enriching art capable of combining 'Cante Jondo' with chamber and symphony orchestras. She's been one of the first Flamenco artists who, invited by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, acted in the Lincoln Center. The New York Times described her as "a singer with incredible expressive power". Alongside directors of the stature of Frühbech de Burgos, Josep Pons and Leo Brower she has appeared performing "El Amor Brujo" and "La vida breve" (A Brief Life) at the 'Teatro Colón' in Buenos Aires, at the Sydney Opera House and the Great Theatre of Córdoba, Spain.

From her remake of the "Canciones populares antiguas" (Traditional Popular Songs) which Lorca had depicted, a new album arose which would stand as musical background to Victor Ullate's ballet giving way to the creation of a new show starred by Carmen herself and the female actor Lola Herrera, "Un rato, un minuto, un siglo..." (A moment, a minute, a century), premiered in the Royal Theatre of Madrid.

"Antologia de la Mujer en el Cante" (Anthology of the woman in flamenco singing), is a key part of flamenco discography. It rescues valuable items of the past to project them into the future with a contemporary musical attitude. In 2000 the composer and guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar chose her to sing in his discographical project "Locura de Brisa y Trino" (Madness of Breeze and Trill), to recover poems by Federico Garcia Lorca harmonised for modern guitar composition. In 2002 Carmen recorded "Un Ramito de Locura" (A Branch of Madness) with the great guitarist Gerardo Nuñez, which was nominated for Best Flamenco Album in the Premios de la Musica and the Latin Grammys 2003.

Carmen has looked after her artistic direction meticulously and has earned prestigious prizes such as the 'Premio Nacional de Música' in 2001 and the Gold Medal of the Bellas Artes in 2006. In 2008 she completed yet another great challenge: getting involved with Juan Ramón Jiménez's poetry. The result is the album "Raíces y Alas" (Roots and Wings) in which she counted with the musical compositions of Juan Carlos Romero.

Her authentic and powerful cante is enriched by her knowledge of the art of flamenco with which she moves the public in a spontaneous and sincere way. Without doubt flamenco has grown with her.
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Carmen Linares Discography Tracks

Albums

Carmen Linares - Cantaora album art Carmen Linares Cantaora (Album) Gasa Spain 1988 Sell This Version
Carmen Linares - La Luna En El Río album art Carmen Linares La Luna En El Río (Album) Auvidis Ethnic France 1991 Sell This Version
Carmen Linares - Canciones Populares Antiguas album art Carmen Linares Canciones Populares Antiguas (Album) Auvidis Ethnic France 1994 Sell This Version
56.983 Carmen Linares - Spain: Desde El Alma (Cante Flamenco En Vivo) album art Carmen Linares Spain: Desde El Alma (Cante Flamenco En Vivo)(CD, Album) Network Medien 56.983 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Carmen Linares - Antología (La Mujer En El Cante) album art Carmen Linares Antología (La Mujer En El Cante) (Album) Mercury Spain 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 53402 2 2 Carmen Linares - Su Cante album art Carmen Linares Su Cante(CD, Album, RE) Hispavox 7243 8 53402 2 2 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
06012 157202 2 8 Carmen Linares - Locura De Brisa Y Trino album art Manolo Sanlúcar Con Carmen Linares Manolo Sanlúcar Con Carmen Linares - Locura De Brisa Y Trino(CD, Album) Mercury 06012 157202 2 8 Spain 2000 Sell This Version
Carmen Linares - Un Ramito De Locura album art Carmen Linares Con Gerardo Nuñez Trío Carmen Linares Con Gerardo Nuñez Trío - Un Ramito De Locura (Album) Mercury Spain 2002 Sell This Version
SA 01568, SAL 01 Carmen Linares - Raíces Y Alas album art Carmen Linares & Juan Carlos Romero Carmen Linares & Juan Carlos Romero - Raíces Y Alas(CD, Album) Salobre, Salobre SA 01568, SAL 01 Spain 2008 Sell This Version
SAL 02 Carmen Linares - Remembranzas album art Carmen Linares Remembranzas(CD, Album, Dig) Salobre SAL 02 Spain 2011 Sell This Version
SAL03 Carmen Linares - Verso A Verso (Canta A Miguel Hernández) album art Carmen Linares Verso A Verso (Canta A Miguel Hernández)(CD, Album) Salobre SAL03 Spain 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

852 952-2 Carmen Linares - Antología album art Carmen Linares Antología(CD, Single, Promo) Mercury 852 952-2 Spain 1996 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Carmen Linares - Las Reinas album art Carmen Linares, La Susi (2) & Remedios Amaya Carmen Linares, La Susi (2) & Remedios Amaya - Las Reinas(CD, Comp) Altaya none Spain 2000 Sell This Version
0602527422541 Carmen Linares - El Flamenco Es... Carmen Linares (Vive El Arte Y El Sentimiento)  album art Carmen Linares El Flamenco Es... Carmen Linares (Vive El Arte Y El Sentimiento) (CD, Comp) Universal Music Group 0602527422541 Spain 2010 Sell This Version
0602537844555 Carmen Linares - Todo Carmen Linares album art Carmen Linares Todo Carmen Linares(3xCD, Comp) Universal Music Group 0602537844555 Spain 2014 Sell This Version
0602537797509 Carmen Linares - Lo Mejor De... Carmen Linares album art Carmen Linares Lo Mejor De... Carmen Linares(CD, Comp) Universal Music Group 0602537797509 Spain 2014 Sell This Version
0602547313812 Carmen Linares - Antología album art Carmen Linares Antología(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music Group 0602547313812 Spain 2015 Sell This Version

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