Playing July 9, 2011
An Evening with Jonathan Richman
Tony Gatliff Spain/France/Germany/Japan 2000
Local musician Jonathan Richman will appear in person at the Red Vic to present one of his favorite films, Vengo (Dir. Tony Gatlif, Spain, 2000). Vengo features some amazing flamenco guitarists and singers, including many that are hard to find anywhere else. Jonathan will be joined by Berkeley flamenco guitarist Keni el Lebrijano.

The rich and passionate sounds of Spanish flamenco music provide the backdrop for this emotional drama of two families at war in the hilly country of southern Spain. Caco (Antonio Canales) is a man whose family has long been at odds with the Caravacas, a prominent family living in the same village. Mario, Caco's brother, murdered one of the Caravacas, and now the family is out for blood, with Mario's son Diego (Orestes Villasan Rodriguez) the expected target. Vengo features performances by a number of noted flamenco performers, including La Paquera de Jerez. From director Tony Gatlif (Gadjo Dilo, Liberté).

Keni el Lebrijano: A master of flamenco guitar and "the godfather of the Berkeley flamenco scene," Keni was also a student of Diego Del Gastor, one of the most influential flamenco guitar players of the 20th century.

Jonathan Richman: Jonathan has been writing songs and performing music for most of his life, and is known for his guileless honesty and playful, catchy compositions. In the early 1970s, he formed The Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for punk rock. Since then, he has moved on to a much quieter sound and a gentler lyrical focus, including Latin-influenced songs performed entirely in Spanish.

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