Duende or tener duende (“having duende”) loosely means..
h a v i n g s o u l . .
a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, often connected with flamenco. The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, a elf or goblin-like Magic creature in Spanish mythology.
El duende is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive.
….It is, in Lorca’s words, “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience… the very dearest thing that life can offer the intellectual.” The critic Brook Zern has written, of a performance of someone with duende, “it dilates the mind’s eye, so that the intensity becomes almost unendurable… There is a quality of first-timeness, of reality so heightened and exaggerated that it becomes unreal…”.
jason silva.. and the awe ness overcoming you.. and perhaps.. danny gokey.. heart beat again.. from beginning washing over you
Lorca writes: “The duende, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ‘The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning this: it is not a question of ability, but of true, living style, of blood, of the most ancient culture, of spontaneous creation.”. ….This..
‘mysterious power which everyone senses and no philosopher explains’ ..
is, in sum, the spirit of the earth, the same duende that scorched the heart of Nietzsche, who searched in vain for its external forms on the Rialto Bridge and in the music of Bizet, without knowing that the duende he was pursuing had leaped straight from the Greek mysteries to the dancers of Cadiz or the beheaded, Dionysian scream of Silverio’s siguiriya.” […] “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.” […] “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.”
first intro’d to duende via bif 2015:
Carla Dirlikov @cdirlikov
duende – that mysterious power that everyone feels but no one can explain – @# – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duende_(a…
– having soul
on globalization & chameleonism & finding voice. some things can’t be translated. so art. – @#
on researching emotion. offering us a reflection of who we are. what it means to be human. catharsis. – @#
st talk as data ness
we are all mutts of some sort. in search of duende. how is your soul. – @#