Ser (Escalera, 2007)
Not all Spanish guitarists play Flamenco. Madrid-based acoustic guitarist Julio García performs creative and esthetically beautiful acoustic music that combines Spanish folk influences with classical music and world music elements.
Ser is Julio García’s 5th album, which was produced with support of Fundación Ananta.In this recording, vocals play a bigger role, together with a trio of strings. In addition to García’s guitar, there is bansuri and bandoneón.
The musicians that collaborate with Julio García on the Cd are some of Madrid’s finest. Teresa Barrientos, (a former member of Joan Valent’s Ars Ensemble and headliner in the Spanish version of Phantom of the opera), Helena de Alfonso (lead singer of one of the finest Spanish folk groups, Barahúnda), the young Lara Rosales (who is only 17 years old) and Carmen Ros, who co-wrote some of the songs.
The string trio is formed by Juan Luis Gallego on violin, Cristina Pozas on viola and Miguel Jiménez on cello.
The bansuri is played by one of the luminaries of Spanish world music, Javier Paxariño. Julio Albertos plays flute, Fabián Carbone (of tango group Tango Quattro) plays bandoneón and José Miguel Garzón (who performs with Flamenco star Joaquín Cortés) plays bass.
The CD is also available for download at iTunes and other music portals.
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.