The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will present on April 4 & 5th, 2014 at Symphony Space in New York City, the documentary Guitarra de Palo, followed by a live flamenco jazz performance featuring leading artists representing the contemporary fusion of jazz and flamenco. The film screening and live performance is dedicated to the memory of legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia.
Guitarra de Palo is directed by Andrea Zapata-Girau and was co-produced by Andrea Zapata-Girau and Anton Jimenez. The live concert at Symphony Space will feature some of today’s leading flamenco and jazz players, including trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez, guitarist Antón Jiménez, flutist Jorge Pardo, flamenco-blues guitarist Raimundo Amador, bass player Javier Colina, percussionist Israel Suárez “Piraña”, flamenco singer Rafita Jiménez, and flamenco dancer David Paniagua.
Guitarra de Palo is a trip through the roots of flamenco to its modern day fusions. Shot in Madrid (Spain), Cordoba (Spain), New York (USA), Havana (Cuba), Chinandega (Nicaragua), Granada (Nicaragua), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Tomsk (Russia), Berlin (Germany), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Tampere (Finland) and Cayman Islands with flamenco guitar as main character and with the participation of world renowned artists such as the guitarist Antón Jiménez (Ciudad de Barcelona Award), dancer Lola Greco (National Dance Award 2009), legendary New York trumpet and conga player Jerry González, flamenco blues genius Raimundo Amador, flutist Jorge Pardo (Best European Jazz Musician 2013), bassist Javier Colina, flamenco singer Rafita Jiménez, Russian accordionist Oleg Nehls, harmonicist Antonio Serrano… and the special collaboration of the famous guitar maker Mariano Conde.
This film is highlighted by its stunning cinematography and sound design, the work of Goya Winner’s (Spain’s Academy Awards) Pelayo Gutiérrez and Nacho Royo-Villanova.
There will be a pre-performance moderated discussion on Friday, April 4th at 7:00 pm.