Jazz, flamenco, classical music and tango come together in this musical proposal created in 2004 by the cellist Jose Luis Lopez, saxophonist and flute player Ramiro Obedman and the piansita Pablo Suarez, who made his debut at the Singapore Arts Festival. And since then they have made multiple tours and edited three albums in their name.
Juan Rodriguez known as Juan El Flaco is a flamenco guitarist born in 1973 in France (Lyon currently resides) to a Gypsy family (The Marians and Los Bolecos), originally from Almeria. Self-taught guitarist, he has performed with leading figures of modern flamenco and Potito, Guadiana, Enrique The Piculabe, David de Jacoba, Saul Quiroz, Rafiki Madrid, Miguel El Rubio, Pack, Piranha, Manolo Franco, Vicente Amigo, Esperanza Fernandez, Chicuelo Miguel Poveda, Paloma Fantova, Jose Maya, Belen Lopez, Karime Amaya, … and their performances have been featured on numerous European stages (Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, France, ….).
New version of the Paco de Lucía Integral, 27 CDs his complete work remastered. "Cositas Buenas", his last album, comes as a new in this new Integral. Now in a new economic format. This collection is a unique tour of the work of Paco de Lucia from 1964 to 2004. Paco de Lucía wanted to highlight his capacity as both composer and interpreter in this 1972 album, evoking with the title the duende —the name Flamenco artists give to the power that comes from within. There are ten extraordinary tracks, some with orchestral arrangements by Paco and Torregrosan —transcriber of the score for Paco de Lucía's work in the early years of his career—, here responsible for the musical direction and the arrangements. For the first time the sound engineer is credited: José Díaz Auñón. The inclusion of an orchestra was at Paco’s own request, although it seemed he wasn’t totally satisfied with the results.
New version of the Paco de Lucía Integral, 27 CDs his complete work remastered. "Cositas Buenas", his last album, comes as a new in this new Integral. Now in a new economic format. This collection is a unique tour of the work of Paco de Lucia from 1964 to 2004. 1971 was without doubt a singular year in the recording career of Paco de Lucía. Far from trying to travel new paths alone, Paco preferred to record an album brimming with Flamenco inspiration with all of its ingredients: vocal, toque and dance.
Writer Elizabeth Kinder embarks on a journey through Andalusia from Malaga to Cadiz to find the soul of flamenco, the beguiling mix of guitar, song and dance strongly associated with southern Spain's gypsies.
Uno de los nombres destacados de la nueva generación de guitarristas flamencos, Santiago Lara, jerezano de 32 años, tiene ya prestigiosos premios como el de la Bienal de Sevilla y el 2º Premio Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba (2013). Productor, compositor y director musical, Santiago ha participado en las grabaciones del maestro Manolo Sanlúcar, así como en sus giras con orquesta. También es responsable de la música de la bailaora Mercedes Ruiz, a quien acompaña en sus giras mundiales. Como productor, además de sus primeros dos álbumes, Santiago ha realizado tres discos para cantaores de la nueva generación como son José Lara, Londro y David Lagos. Desde la vibrante versión de 'Minuano', que abre el álbum con la participación de Jorge Pardo o la vertiginosa 'James' con Antonio Serrano, emociona redescubrir un repertorio que ya abarca casi 40 años con un respeto y una creatividad que hacen honor al título.
Alto and soprano saxophonist Perico Sambeat is considered today as one of the most important spanish jazz musicians, owning a tremendous prestige with an extraordinary musical career inside and out of Spain. With more than twenty recordings as a leader and near a hundred as a sideman, they´re specially remarkable his works with musicians as Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tete Montoliu, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, and many others. Along his life, he´s received numerous awards, such as the "Bird Award" given by the North Sea Jazz Festival to the musician deserving wider recognition (2003), or the one given to the best recording of the year to "Flamenco Big Band" (2008 and 2009)
Jazz and flamenco first crossed paths not in Spain, but in the USA when Miles Davis and arranger/composer Gil Evans recorded “Sketches of Spain” in November 1959 and March 1960. It became one of the most successful jazz albums of all time. And the jazz musicians in Spain? They attempted to emulate – as did their colleagues world-wide – the American model. Jazz stood for open-mindedness; national folklore was thought of as too parochial. Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde was the only musician who, under the influence of “Sketches of Spain”, added a couple of flamenco melodies to his repertoire as he toured Europe accompanied by two Germans and a Swiss. That’s why Joachim-Ernst Berendt sought him out to play at the 1967 Berlin Jazz Festival. With the festival’s motto “Jazz Meets the World”, Berendt was looking…