Flamenco music has been around my ears since my childhood in Havana, on the radio, on recordings, the readings and plays of Garcia Lorca, and later on during my visits to Andalusía. The place where Flamenco music is performed is usually called Tablao. The piece contains the essence of different instrumental elements of that music in a dismembered way.
Tablao exists in two versions, for tape and for guitar and tape. In the latter the solo part plays the role of one member of the instrumental ensemble as well as that of the cantaor (Spanish for flamenco music singer) who in the middle section evokes elements of Cuban street vendor music rooted in Spanish traditions. The tape part mostly uses microtonal settings of FM synthesis sounds I programed and performed with a DX-7IIFD(E!) and a TX-802 synthesizers.
Tablao was realized in the Fall of 1991 at the Laboratorio de Informática y Electrónica Musical (LIEM) from the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (Spain) where I was invited to work with my old friend guitarist Flores Chaviano. The piece was completed at Ireme Studio in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). It was commissioned by Flores Chaviano with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA) and premiered by him in Madrid in February, 1992. The Canadian premiere was presented by Montréal-based Colombian guitarist Arturo Parra in 1994 in Montréal.
- February 1992, Premiere of the mixed version: Flores Chaviano, guitar • Concert, Madrid (Spain)