The origin of flamenco is as fascinating as the performance of the art itself. Flamenco developed over centuries from Gypsy, Moorish, and Andalucian artistic traditions to its Flamenco Dancer present form and is now performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall.
There are many factors that come together to form the beauty and spirit that is flamenco, but none shape and guide the contour of the art and the journey of the music so decisively as the guitar. While the foundation of the different rhythms or "compas" is held together by hand clapping ("palmas"), percussion, or dancing; the guitar acts as a messenger of emotion to all those playing and has an especially intricate relationship with the "cantaor" or singer. The techniques in flamenco require the guitarist to compel the guitar to breathe the same passion and fire demanded by the rhythm of the song, the intention of the voice, and the movement of the dance.