Tomas de Perrate

Tomas de Perrate

 Zaragoza, Aragon, ESP
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We are a band always in evolution, and our objective is go a step forward on the tradicional music of Aragon, renew the tradicional sounds making them attractive for the public and bring it to new places.

Biography

I am an Andalusian gypsy. In our culture, "el Flamenco" is regarded as the vehicle which conveys the poetic, musical and the spiritual values of our people. It is passed down and adapted from generation to generation within the family, its most intimate and most important milieu.

The historical development of flamenco is generally viewed in terms of the contribution made by individual artists, but it is the family that provides the environment where the individual acquires the habit of listening to and observing the art of flamenco. Certain echoes and forms of musical expression peculiar to specific family clans are a consequence of a natural disposition towards the art of flamenco and living in close contact with flamenco as a part of everyday life awakens the individuals natural gift and develops his or her interpretative abilities.

Although my father, the singer Perrate, is a legendary figure in the world of flamenco, and although I was by his side until his death, I was not brought up with flamenco around me and so did not feel this desire to sing at an early age. Life in our house was overshadowed by my father's illness - he became paralysed and was confined to a wheelchair back in 1972 when he was fifty-five and I was ten and so there reigned a rather sombre atmosphere of misfortune and poverty. For this reason, I never had the opportunity of experiencing those "fiestas" or parties that his flamenco friends went to, nor those family celebrations which took place in most gypsy homes. But I did have my father as a model, his generous attitude, his ability to live life with dignity and his powerful aura which was palpable.

Today, as I feel more committed to flamenco than ever, I hear the voice of Perrate, and his spirit tells me it is good that a person is aware of his place in life and communes with the area where he was born and brought up: his roots. He goes on to say that they, the older generation, were not concerned with taking flamenco outside the home nor turning it into a universal art-form. It is up to us, the younger generation, to do this but, like them, our guiding principle must always be the aesthetic beauty of the music. Now that we have access to so much information about flamenco and its history, we should not be mere imitators of the past, no matter how good that past was, but take on the responsibility for the flamenco of today and the flamenco of the future, adapting it to suit the times we live in.

My father also told me that he knew our flamenco legacy (referring to his own) was no better than legacies of other gypsy clans but that we can be secure in the fact that it has its own distintive style. This differentiation gives our singing originality and at the same time allows us to feel a sense of ownership towards flamenco, our way of living and breathing this art.

This CD is a tribute to all the gypsy families who make up the flamenco scene of today, each within the tradition arising from their part of Andalusia, and especially to the one I belong to, the Perrate family.

Perraterias is so called because it includes songs passed down from different members of my family. The bulerias follow in the tradition of my aunt La Perrata (mother of El Lebrijano, Pedro Pena and Tere Pena) with their slower, more solemn rhythm, far removed from the dizzy speed of interpretations of this song in other areas of Andalusia. In the solea, the intense emotion is conveyed through chromatic vocal inflexions and through the livelier pace, which is faster than is common to other regions. The infundios sagrados or sacred tales originate from our great-uncle Curro El Vereo and have a gentle guitar accompaniment played by my cousin Gaspar de Utrera. With El Piyayo (tangos from Malaga) we recall the creative genius of Perrate and the guitarrist Diego del Gastor and have adapted it transformed this light-hearted, lyrical song in a truly innovative way while maintaining its characteristic feel and rhythm.

We have taken the light-hearted and lyrical song El Piyayo (tangos of Malaga) from Perrate and the guitarrist Diego del Gastor, witness to their creative genius, and adapted it in a truly innovative way while maintaining tis characteristic feel and rhythm.

I would like to thank the producers Ricardo Pachon, Antonio Castro and Juan Moyano, for all the sensitivity they have shown and for having faith in me, and also for their help with the musical production. Finally, special thanks go to Antonio Moya, for being my companion in this venture, for co-writing the music, and for our friendship.

Tomas de Perrate

Lyrics

Tangos del Piyayo

Written By: Rafael Flores Nieto

Mi madre va a la tienda de Félix Saenz
Compra la tela por metro
después la vende por vara
se vale de su talento
para engañar a las castellanas

Adios para siempre adios
adios patio de la cárcel
rincón de la barbería
que si no tienes dinero
te afeitan con agua fría

Yo tengo una mala maña
que a mi mismo me da pena
que yo me acuesto en mi cama
y amanezco en cama ajena

El chino por ser tan chino
y no entendía de letras
le dieron un vuen destino
le dieron una carreta
y la atascó en el camino
vaya chino sinvergüenza

Bulerias del Perrate

Written By: Tomas de Perrate, Caetano Veloso, Antonio Moya, Quintero, Leon y Quiroga

Si yo tuviera la luna
yo se la daria a mi madre
que siempre se acuesta a oscuras

Mira prima como vengo
con la chaquetita rota
toda llena de remiendos

Sin frio ni calentura
Ay, Gran Poder qué tendra mi cuerpo
si seria la muerte horrorosa
que me viene persiguiendo

Yo no se si este amor es pecado, que tiene castigo
si es faltar a las leyes honradas
del hombre y de Dios
Solo se que me aturde la vida como un torbellino
que me arrastra a tus brazos en ciega pasion

Es mas fuerte que yo, que mi vida, mi credo y mi sino,
es mas fuerte que el miedo a la muerte y el temor a dios
Aunque sea pecado te quiero, te quiero lo mismo
y aunque todo me niegue el derecho
vivo aferrado a tu amor

A la orilla de un rio
yo me voy solo
y aumento la corriente
con lo que lloro

Vente conmigo a las buenas
comas lo que yo coma
beberas lo que yo beba

Yo no me di cuenta, de lo que te queria
hasta el mismo dia en que te perdi
y vi claramente que no te tenia
cuando ya no habia remedio para mi
Llevame por calles de hiel y amargura
ponme ligaduras y hasta escupeme
echame en los ojos un puñado de arena
matame de pena, pero quiereme
Porque yo te llevo dentro de mi corazon
y por la salucita de la madre mia
te lo juro yo

El que jura por su madre, jura
el que jura por su madre y rompa ese juramento
merecia un castigo grande

Apoyado en el quicio de la mancebia
miraba encenderse la luna de mayo
pasaban los hombres y tu sonreias
hasta que a tu puerta pare mi caballo
Serrana, si tu me das, yo te doy este clavel
ven a tomarlo en mis labios
que yo fuego te dare
Baje del caballo, de cerca te vi
y fueron tus ojos dos lindos luceros de mayo para mi
Ojos verde, como la albahaca

Compay Diego

Written By: Tomas de Perrate

Como soy buen vocalista
quiero cantar
a los clásicos
medidos a compás

Yo quiero ser barítono
soprano, o tenor
medirme en el metrónomo
y afinar en tono menor

Pero cuando mis primos
me tocan las palmas
yo no sé que me entra
yo no lo puedo evitar
el cuerpo se me mueve
involuntariamente
y me entra un sentimiento....
que me hace vibrar

Como soy un buen gitano
quiero cantar
a todos mis hermanos
por bulerías seguiriyas y tonás

Rememorar a nuestros viejos
cantar en la barra de un bar
templarme con una guitarra
o llorar solo cantando por soleá.

En mí nace un sentimiento
que Dios me vino a regalar
ese que no entiende de tiempo
que me emborracha y tití, tiritrán.

Como soy un buen sonero
quiero guarachar
tambores de cuero
a ritmo de clave y machacando un timbal

Yo quiero ser rumbero
cantar un guacancó
sabroso en una cumbia
mulatito con arroz.

Como tengo voz sonora
mucho porte de Don Juan
yo me paro a cualquier hora
y allí me pongo a cantar

Discography

Tomas de Perrate and family Fods 2003
Tomas de Perrate Perraterias Flamenco Vivo 2005

Set List

Tona
Tangos de Malaga (del Piyayo)
Seguiriya
Solea
Buleria
Cuple