Alternative View of Flamenco

Mixtolobo

Frontera (Bujio Producciones BJ-205, 2010)

Mixtolobo brings together the passionate worlds of Flamenco and rock music. Mixtolobo is led by two guitarists: Juan Diego Mateos Reina on flamenco guitar and Jorge Gómez Vidal on electric and acoustic guitars. The other members of the band are Ignacio Cintado on electric bass and El Chispa (Juan Peña Nieves) on percussion. Their latest recording is Frontera and the result is explosive, combining the fire and virtuosity of flamenco with the energy of rock and electric blues. Mixtolobo defines the music as an “alternative view of flamenco, a way to expand its language.”

Juan Diego Mateos Reina, born in Jerez, has a successful career as a flamenco soloist and accompanist. He was a member of the Joaquín Cortés Company, composed dance scores for Antonio el Pipa and for Antonio Vargas, and has accompanied bailaores (dancers) such as Joaquín Grilo, Juana Amaya, Merche Esmeralda and Antonio Canales.

As a studio guitarist, Juan Diego has recorded with Remedios Amaya, Jorge Pardo, Sorderita, and Pepe de Lucía. Juan Diego released his first solo album, ‘Luminaria’, in 2003. The album features renowned guests such as Jorge Pardo, Carlos Benavent, Remedios Amaya and Diego Carrasco.

Jorge Gómez Vidal was born in Bonn (Germany). He played in the Cologne (Germany) Flamenco circuit and started to fuse Flamenco with rock. He spent some time in Japan with the Sara Baras company. He later moved to Spain, where he worked with Tomasito and Navajita Platea.

Jorge Gómez Vidal has toured with Radio Tarifa, Raimundo Amador, Remedios Amaya, and Diego Carrasco. Jorge Gómez Vidal currently lives in Jerez de la Frontera, one of the cradles of flamenco, and currently performs with Mixtolobo, Centryfugal, Apargaterock, Tomasito, and Antonio El Madriles.

Mixtolobo’s Frontera is a dazzling fusion of flamenco and rock to the point where it achieves a flawlessly unified sound.

Buy the album: Frontera.

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 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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