Madrid, Spain – Renowned Spanish guitarist Mario Escudero died in Miami,
Florida, November 19, 2004, at 8 a.m. Escudero had been suffering of Parkinson’s
disease. His son will bury his ashes in Madrid.
Mario Escudero Valero was born in Alicante (Spain), in 1928. He was one of
the great innovators of the guitar in the 20th century. Escudero studied in Madrid
under the tutelage of two of the greatest Flamenco guitarists of the time, Ramón
Montoya and Niño Ricardo.Escudero moved to the United States and recorded several guitar albums in New York, as a
duet with another Spanish master, Sabicas. Some of these recordings became a
reference point for the great modernizer of Flamenco guitar in the 1970s,
Mario Escudero became a US citizen in 1969. He maintained homes in Sevilla & New York for over 30 years and returned to Spain in the
1980s. In 1994 he moved back to the United States, when his son Ramón died in 1994, and gradually lost his ability
to perform due to Parkinson’s disease.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.