Toronto, Canada – Canadian flamenco guitarist, Roger Scannura has just released his sixth disc titled ‘Noche Flamenca‘, an homage to Jerez, Spain and the improvised evenings that take place at flamenco gatherings. It is also symbolic of the nomadic life of the gypsies and the importance of
family which gives their life continuity.
This is Scannura’s most soulful disc to date however, the opening title “Noche Flamenca’ starts the album on a note of intensity with the raging compass of the hard driven Bulerias. ‘Burning Bridges’ is a rumba played in the key of the flamenco Taranta which gives this cut a deep Arabic flavor. ‘Leyena y Sola’ (Soleares) is the root of expression in flamencoand encompasses a wide berth of playing styles. ‘En Malaga’ is a live cut from a recent tablao-style performance with dynamic castanet and violin accompaniment.
Scannura has dedicated several pieces to his family members like ‘Santuario por Manuel’ and ‘El Surco’ flamenco dancer daughter, Anjelica. Accompanying Roger on the disc are Laurence Stevenson playing melodic counterpoint on fiddle and mandola, the strong percussive skills of Kevin ‘Quevedo’
Smith and the flamenco palmas and castanets are by Scannura’s wife, Valeria.
Roger Scannura has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as music director of Ritmo Flamenco Dance & Music Ensemble. He is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited to become a faculty member of the York University Music Department. Scannura’s repertoire consists of 5 CD’s of original music all of which have been received with great critical praise. He is the recipient of the
prestigious Toronto Arts Award for composition and has composed music for award winning documentaries on TVO (Expulsion & Memory) as well as for film.
For more information go to: www.ritmoflamenco.ca.