Duende Night! Is an on-going event at The Alchemist's Kitchen in NYC that celebrates the healing aspects of experiencing duende, as a collective psycho-spiritual exercise, combining music appreciation (and other forms of expression!) that come from a place of authenticity- charged by the unity of a group that works collectively to be in the moment.
Duende or tener duende ("having duende") loosely means having soul. It's what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. Traditionally used to describe glimpses at spirit during spontaneous bursts of flamenco, poet Federico Garcia Lorca coined the term duende as universal concept in his 1922 manifesto, "Theory and Play of Duende." He wrote: "All arts are capable of duende, but where it finds greatest range, naturally, is in music, dance, and spoken poetry, for these arts require a living body to interpret them, being forms that are born, die, and open their contours against an exact present."
The program includes an introduction and on-going discussion by duende scholar and filmmaker, Trina Bardusco, followed by musical performances curated by composer and classical guitarist, Nilko Andreas, culminating in a "duende" jam session where participants can "jump in" with whatever they choose to express.
"The duende's arrival always means a radical change in forms. It brings to old planes unknown feelings of freshness, with the quality of something newly created, like a miracle, and it produces an almost religious enthusiasm." Federico Garcia Lorca.