Travesuras (Blue Light Records, 2010)
What do you do when you want to absorb the soul of flamenco, go to Jerez, of course. American guitarist traveled to Jerez in southern Spain and recorded with local musicians. This gives his album an authenticity that is hard to find in other recordings by American guitarists who claim to play flamenco.
Diaz is joined by Niño Jero, Bernardo Parrilla, Luis Moneo, Cristo Cortes, Jose Cortez, El bo and Rosario de la Melchora. With this support, Ricardo Diaz is able to get real cante, jaleos and palmas.
Although Travesuras contains primarily flamenco influences, Diaz adds other global sounds such as Indian tabla.
Ricardo Diaz grew up in San Francisco. He studied flamenco and guitar in Madrid and Andalusia (southern Spain). Diaz began performing in festivals and flamenco “tablaos” (nightclubs) in the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and Europe.
His work includes collaborations with international dance companies such as Teatro Flamenco and “La Tania” of San Francisco, Caterina Costa of Rome, Italy, Yjastros of Albuquerque, New Mexico and his own group, Flamenco Sur, based in Marseilles, France.
Ricardo also has toured and performed with flamenco artists such as Alejandro Granados, Jose Anillo, Pastora Galvan, Cristo Cortes and Andres Marin.
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.