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Isla Verde (Flamenco Guitar)

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Isla Verde (fandango abandola'o) was written & and performed by José Manuel León.

The flamenco fandango abandolado ("abandola'o") is a 3/4 style often written and performed using Spanish Phrygian, major or minor key centers. Its origins lie in the Spanish folkloric fandango which came into existence in the early 1700s -- about 150 years before flamenco was recognized as a genre. The folkloric version of the fandango eventually evolved into 3 sub-styles: 1) the fandango abandola'o, 2) the fandango de Huelva, and 3) the fandangos naturales (i.e., ad libitum). It's important to know that the fandango is the foundation for many styles of flamenco music including the soleá, the polo, caña, and several others. León's fandango is a very contemporary version of the fandango.


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