By JACOB LOPEZ
The San Benito High School Flamenco Ensemble is slated to perform at the Freddy Fender Humanitarian Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 9.
“We are very happy,” Flamenco Ensemble Director Jorge Mascorro said of his students.
Speaking in Spanish, Mascorro noted, “They considered them [the band] and invited us. Every year, we’ve been invited to important events. We’re happy because we’re representing the San Benito [school] district.”
Mascorro added that the ensemble is currently rehearsing for the performance, noting that Flamenco is a fusion of various styles.
“We combine flamenca music, which is flamenco, rumba and rumba rhythm – all of Spain,” he explained, further adding, “We also combine it with Mexican music.”
The fusion takes on a rumba feel, of which he describes as “cheerful” or upbeat. The guitar acts as the melody in such a style, Mascorro added.
“It’s a lead guitar that carries the melody, and the rest accompany that guitar. It’s as if the guitar is the singer,” he explained, elaborating on how the lead guitar takes on the role not unlike the lead singer of a band.
“We also play ‘Gypsy Kings’ and ‘Carlos Santana,” he said.
Mascorro said the Flamenco Ensemble began as four performers, or a quartet, but it has since grown into an ensemble consisting of 10 musicians.
“…So there is a lot of talent there,” he added.
The ceremony is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Texas State Technical College Cultural Arts Center.
For more information on the event, call (956) 399-7818.