Friday, September 9, 2011


Definition (Wikipedia): El duende is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to music. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive.

Federico García Lorca writes in his Duende speech: "Duende, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, 'Duende is not in the throat; duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning this: it is not a question of ability, but of true, living style, of blood, of the most ancient culture, of spontaneous creation"

Alexia - Remember Boston (from Re-Be 2010)

"Duende's arrival always means a radical change in forms. It brings to old planes unknown feelings of freshness, with the quality of something newly created, like a miracle, and it produces an almost religious enthusiasm."
"All arts are capable of duende, but where it finds greatest range, naturally, is in music, dance, and spoken poetry…"

Alexia - My Tango (from Re-Be 2010)

Well…I certainly was not expecting such an amazing album from Alexia. Not because she’s not capable of delivering one (she just did actually) but because I was not prepared for this. It’s too much for me to handle. And I’m not talking about the album’s length (3 discs, 50 songs, 200-page booklet with bi-lingual lyrics), I’m talking about DUENDE. It’s personal and universal, it’s passionate, emotional and yet down to earth, it’s educating and entertaining, it’s pop and jazz and blues and spoken poetry, it’s inspired and natural.

Alexia - Electricity/Family (Re-Be 2010)

and here's the above song with different orchestration and lyrics (practically a new song and equally beautiful):
Alexia - Time/Love me (Re-Be 2010)

It took her 10 years to prepare. She wrote all the music, lyrics and performed. Every single detail is great, from the package to the web site:

It’s Re-Be and it’s amazing!

Alexia - The Street I Live (live on Greek TV)

More info about Alexia here

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