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Chano Dominguez: Ole!

Chano Dominguez
Chano Dominguez

There is a word in Spanish that describes a concept in flamenco that does not have a literal English translation: duende. It can mean many things but principally it has to do with feeling. Intense feeling. The kind of feeling that makes a dancer dig his or her heels a little deeper into a step. A feeling that comes after a majestic sweep of notes on a guitar or one that elicits a spontaneous ole! from a singer.

There is plenty of duende in the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium on a chilly Washington, D.C. afternoon.

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