Cuando Lebrijano Canta Se Moja El Agua (Rosevil, 2008)
Juan Peña "El Lebrijano" is a living legend among Flamenco singers. Even though he performs the most traditional and difficult flamenco genres, he is also one of the most adventurous singers in the current Flamenco scene. El Lebrijano enjoys musical explorations, where his prodigious and commanding vocals are accompanied by unconventional musical arrangements. In the past e has collaborated with Middle Eastern and north African musicians on albums such as Casablanca and Encuentro.
On his latest CD, Cuando Lebrijano canta se moja el agua, El Lebrijano pays tribute to literary master Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Some time ago, Gabriel Garcia Márquez said that "When Lebrijano sings, water gets wet." El Lebrijano was so honored with the comment that, during that same day, he decided to return the favor. The result is Cuando Lebrijano canta se moja el agua, which features sections of Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s writing turned into songs.
This is one of El Lebrijano’s finest works. His passionate vocals are accompanied by Flamenco, classical and jazz elements. The producers are Pedro Maria and David Peña Dorantes, who introduce guitar, piano, a chamber music string ensemble and abundant percussion.
A true gem of cutting edge Flamenco.
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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.