Sitar player Gualberto, flamenco guitarist Ricardo Miño and flamenco pianist Ariadna Castellanos are set to perform today, Thursday, March 17, 2016 as part of the ‘Flamencos and mestizos’. The concert produced by SGAE Foundation will take place at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.
Gualberto García Pérez was a member of Smash, an iconic Spanish rock groups. He’s one of the pioneers of Andalusian rock. His music has evolved over time, absorbing influences from jazz, progressive rock, folk, Indian music, chamber music and flamenco. Along with Ricardo Miño he recorded in 1998, the album Con –Trastes, a perfect dialogue between flamenco guitar and sitar.
Ricardo Miño was born in the heart of Triana (Sevilla). Influenced by flamenco music that permeates the Triana neighborhood atmosphere, at age 12 he was already a professional musician. His gift for guitar led him to travel the world, exporting flamenco to Japan, the Americas and Europe. His work has been recognized with the National Guitar Award Manolo de Huelva.
Ariadna Castellanos is a pianist, composer and one of the emerging figures of flamenco jazz. Her piano approach is unique, mixing flamenco, jazz, electronics and other genres. She has collaborated with flamenco artists like Pepe de Lucía, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell “El Bola” and Niño Josele as well as international stars like Paco de Lucia, Michel Camilo, Alejandro Sanz, Herbie Hancock and Richard Bona, among others.
SGAE Foundation has announced the program of the new edition of the ‘Flamencos and mestizos’. The music and dance series will take place March 17-20 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.
The showcase will feature performances by Gualberto and Ricardo Miño; Ariadna Castellanos; Alonso Núñez “Rancapino Chico” with Manuel Jero; Alicia Gil, accompanied by Lito Espinosa; and dancers Asuncion Demartos, Aitana de los Reyes, Karen Lugo and Adi Akiva dancers.
Producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega returns as curator of this series, planned as a trilogy. The series takes place during December 2015, March and June 2016. The Sala Berlanga presents emerging artists that explore the boundary between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through instrumental performances, dancing and singing.
Flamingos and mestizos begins tomorrow, March 17, with a double bill featuring instrumental performances. First, Gualberto and Ricardo Miño (Indian sitar and flamenco guitar) will demonstrate their peculiar Sevillian flamenco fusion. The second part of the show will highlight the talent of Ariadna Castellanos who plays flamenco piano combined with jazz.
Flamenco roots will the focus on March 18 with the vocals Alonso Núñez “Rancapino Chico” accompanied by Manuel Jero on guitar, and the dancing of Asuncion Demartos. Meanwhile, on March 19, singer Alicia Gil will present her latest work accompanied by Lito Espinosa, and Aitana de los Reyes will show her unique dance style.
The series will conclude with dancers Karen Lugo and Adi Akiva, on March 20.
La Cañeta and Cancanilla de Málaga are set to perform on February 23 at the Teatro Central in Seville as part of the Flamenco Viene del Sur 2016 series.
Maria Teresa Sánchez Campos, La Cañeta, is a skilled singer and dancer. Cancanilla de Málaga is a powerful singer who delivers captivating live performances. Both are representatives of the Málaga school of flamenco singing that dates back to the nineteenth century, an era characterized by Juan Breva, El Canario, La Trini and El Perote viejo among others.
La Cañeta (vocals), Antonio Soto (guitar), Loli Salazar and Kilko (palmas)
Cancanilla de Málaga (vocals) y Chaparro de Málaga (guitar)
The show Qasida: Flamenco Meets Persian Music is set for Friday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. at Zankel Hall.
Qasida combines musicians from Spain and Iran who represent and expand upon the ancient musical relationships from which flamenco is derived.
Led by two powerful vocalists, Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” (Sevilla, Spain) and Mohammad Motamedi (Iran), the group explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi. Songs of Spanish folk poetry and Persian high art merge into a musical world in which the spirit of ancient ‘Al-Andalus’ is briefly revived.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, New York City.
Composer, producer, and one of the finest guitarists in the world, Vicente Amigo is set to perform at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. This concert is part of his first major tour of the United States.
Amigo won the Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for his album Ciudad de las Ideas (City of Ideas). The guitarist is known for pushing flamenco’s boundaries, venturing into other cultures. His most recent album, Tierra, combines Spanish and Celtic traditions and debuted at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2013.
“I’ve always been interested in mixes,” says Amigo. “We ourselves are products of a mix of our father and our mother, how could we be against it? Besides, one of the wonders in music is that is open-ended, infinite, and in the place you least expect it, you can find something that enriches you as a musician and as a person.”
Amigo’s March 4 concert will focus specifically on flamenco with a few selections from Tierra arranged for Amigo and his fellow musicians: Antonio “Añil” Fernández (second guitar), Francisco “Paquito” González (cajón), Ewen Vernal (bass), and Rafael de Utrera (vocals), along with special guest flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “Choro.”
Tickets, priced $35–$65, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
The first Indian world music festival. Udaipur World Music Festival, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2016. The two-day event will take place throughout Udaipur, a monumental city in Rajasthan in western India known as the city of lakes.
Udaipur World Music Festival is a multi-venue music festival, cutting across several genres of music that will bring together more than 100 global artists and ensembles from over 12 countries, including Spain, Ghana, Venezuela, Italy, France and India among many others. The festival also marks the celebrations of 60 years of the diplomatic relations between Spain and India.
The lineup in this inaugural year includes one of the most popular fado singers from Portugal, Carminho, who will be performing for the first time in India.
French multi-instrumentalist and composer Mathias Duplessy will collaborate with exceptional Rajasthani vocalist Mukhtiyar Ali from the semi-nomadic community called Mirasi from the Thar Desert.
The thrilling passion of flamenco will be represented by one of the best Flamenco groups Tamara & Fernando (Tamara Lucio and Fernando Jiménez), presenting Paso A Dos from Spain.
Stage 2 will feature pan-African beat music vocalist, dancer and percussionist Dobet Gnahoré, a Grammy award winner from the Ivory Coast. The evening will conclude with ne of the most popular fusion rock bands of India – The Raghu Dixit Project.
Day 2 begins with a fusion of Sufi and Gospel music Sonam Kalra &The Sufi Gospel Project. Moroccan Saharan artist Oum will present a style rarely seen in India.
The evening will also feature instrumental Spanish Flamenco guitar by one of the finest guitarists in Spain, Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey.
Family Atlantica will showcase a mix of Afrobeat, Venezuelan music and cumbia. The Festival will conclude on a high note with Indian rock fusion band: Papon and the East Indian Company.
The goal of this global music gathering is to establish an annual signature event in Rajasthan and at the same time establish Udaipur as a major destination for world music in South Asia.
Udaipur World Music Festival is presented by Hindustan Zinc in association with Wonder Cement and Rajasthan Tourism and conceptualized and produced by Seher.
Afro-Spanish Spanish singer-songwriter and composer Buika developed Vivir sin miedo (To Live without Fear) in Miami, which is her current home. Buika is a do it yourself artist so she composed and played all the instruments in her original demos for the new album while she was in Miami, New York and Madrid.
Buika is known for venturing into different musical directions. In the past, she has recorded Afropop, flamenco, boleros, Cuban music, jazz and others genres. Vivir sin miedo presents another eclectic mix with a Caribbean flavor and smooth pop flavor, including reggae, dub, ragga, flamenco, R&B, afrobeat, pop and gospel, although the dub feel seems to permeate most of the album. Buika is also trying to appeal to a wider audience so she sings in a mix of Spanish and English.
With the support of Warner Music, Buika invited two well-known international artists Meshell Ndegeocello (bass) and Jason Mraz (vocals), as well as masterful flamenco singer Potito. The album was recorded in London, co-produced by Martin Terefe (Coldplay, James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Zaz), who played bass and guitars on Vivir sin miedo.
Vivir sin miedo is clearly an effort to expand Buika’s reach to English-language and bilingual pop fans as well as the reggae market.
Josemi Carmona is one of the leading figures in the world of flamenco fusion. He is respected by flamenco fans and urban hipsters as well. Most music fans will recognize him as one of the founders of legendary nuevo flamenco band Ketama and a well known producer of pop and flamenco recordings. Although this may seem surprising, Las pequeñas cosas is Josemi’s debut solo album. His reputation is such that he was able to bring together a stellar cast of musicians from various music disciplines such as jazz, flamenco, and rock.
As Josemi himself said after the release of the album, Las pequeñas cosas is not exactly a flamenco album. It contains deep flamenco roots, but you will also find jazz elements, pop, hip hop and more.
Las pequeñas cosas opens with a fabulous instrumental titled ‘Tangroove.’ As the title of the album indicates, this piece is based on a flamenco tango groove. It’s a mix of infectious rhythms and outstanding solo work by Josemi on the guitar and mandola. The lineup here includes Quiqui Ferrer on drums, Alain Perez on bass, Adrián Schinoff on piano and keyboards, Israel Suárez ‘Piraña’ on percussion, Bugge Wesseltoft plays a tasteful synth solo, Sandra Carrasco and Antonio Montoya on backing vocals, and the palmas (handclap percussion) beat machine comprised of Bandolero, Juanito and José Antonio Carmona.
The second cut, ‘Cuenta’ is a ballad with top-40 pop radio in mind. It features Manuel Carrasco on vocals with Josemi on guitars, Borja Barrueta on drums, Antonio Ramos “Maka” on bass, Alfonso Pérez on piano, electric guitar and keyboards, and Juanito Carmona and Luis Dulzaidez on percussion.
The title track ‘Las pequeñas cosas’ is a solo guitar piece, without any accompaniment. It’s a short mesmerizing introspective composition that segues into ‘Dos Puñales,’ a brilliant track that begins with a short vocal introduction by José Antonio Carmona that paves the way to memorable guitar by special guest Paco de Lucia who provides dazzling interplay with Josemi and pianist Alfonso Pérez. The rest of the band includes Juanito Carmona on cajón, Borja Barrueta on drums, Antonio Ramos “Maka” on electric bass, Martin Leiton on acoustic bass, Adrián Schinoff on keyboards, and palmas performed by Bandolero, Juanito and Josemi.
‘Mi Gorda’ is an exquisite laid back flamenco-jazz instrumental with Josemi on guitar, mandola and palmas; Alfonso Pérez on piano; Antonio Ramos “Maka” on electric bass; and Juanito Carmona on percussion. If you want to listen to great breezy guitar music as you drive down California’s Pacific Coast Highway, forget Ottmar Liebert and Jesse Cook. Josemi is the real deal.
Flamenco and Cuban musicians have had a mutual fascination for each other’s music for many years. ‘Ni contigo ni sin ti’ presents Alex Cuba on vocals. This is a tasty flamenco rumba demonstrating the strong ties between Cuba and Spain. The rest of the lineup here includes Josemi on mandola and guitar, Antonio Ramos “Maka” on electric bass, Juanito Carmona on percussion, palmas played by Bandolero, Juanito and Josemi.
‘Tosca’ is another short solo guitar delight by Josemi. It gives way to the beautiful ‘Pasando por Huelva’ where another high profile guest makes an appearance. It’s celebrated jazz bassist Dave Holland. This is not his first flamenco collaboration. Hollland blends perfectly with Josemi’s guitar, Borja Barrueta’s drums, and Alfonso Pérez’s piano.
For some reason hip hop gets inserted in many world music recordings for no apparent reason other than pandering to the hip hop fans. “De viaje’ features Malian rapper Oxmo, along with a string ensemble. Thankfully, the rapping is kept to a minimum. The band here includes Josemi on guitar, Antonio Ramos “Maka” on electric bass, Adrián Schinoff on keyboards, Borja Barrueta on drums, Luis Dulzaides on percussion, Bugge Wesseltoft plays keyboards and made the string arrangements featuring Julio César Fernández on violin, Chika Izumi on violin, Sergio Fernández Ruiz on viola and Eduardo del Rio Robles on cello.
‘Tres almas’ features Josemi and Carlitos Carmona on guitars and Juanito Carmona on percussion.
The unmistakable vocals of Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler join Josemi’s guitar on ‘Un par de dias antes de ti’, a delightful song accompanied by piano, bass and drums.
The album ends with ‘Gran Torino’, a captivating flamenco adaption of Kyle Eastwood’s composition.
Las pequeñas cosas is a first rate debut album by one of the essential musicians in the Spanish music scene.
Eliseo Parra is one of the treasures of Spanish world music. He focuses on the lesser known folk roots of various Spanish regions, including Castile, Extremadura, and Asturias. Parra is an innovative singer and multi-instrumentalist, who specializes in Spanish percussion and stringed instruments.
On his latest CD, De Ayer Mañana, Parra uses an extensive collection of conventional and unconventional musical instruments, including kitchen utensils and garden tools. With his instruments, accompanied by excellent musicians, Parra recreates ancient folk songs and gives them an inspired new life.
La Jambre is a wonderful discovery. This imaginative group comes from southern Spain, but it does not play Flamenco, nor Gypsy rumba. Instead, it plays revitalized versions of traditional folk songs from Andalusia. The approach on Saltalindes is very contemporary, with an exhilarating mix of funk bass, trap drums, reeds and other instruments.
Bebe has been called a punk rebel, but her music has little to do with punk rock. She is an urban singer-songwriter who shows her Andalusian wit and good humor in her lyrics. Her style is hard to categorize. On Pafuera Telarañas one
can find hip hop beats, folk, pop, ska, R&B, and Flamenco rumba.
One of the most interesting Flamenco recordings is the debut CD, Son de la Frontera, by Son de la Frontera. Purist curmudgeons have already manifested their lack of enthusiasm for this group, claiming that it is not Flamenco. But, how do you tell musicians from one of the cradles of Flamenco (Morón de la Frontera), some of whom are direct descendants of legendary Flamenco performers, that their music is not Flamenco?
Son de la Frontera use ardent flamenco beats (primarily handclaps and taps), guitar and cante jondo singing. What makes them peculiar is the use of the Cuban tres as a solo instrument. The tres is certainly not a Flamenco instrument, but when it’s played by fiery flamenco musicians it undoubtedly sounds like it.
Madrid composer, flautist and sax player musician Lorenzo Azcona produced and released his CD Bajo la piel (under the skin). Stylistically, composes contemporary instrumental music that has a cinematic feel. Sometime he ventures into jazz and chamber music. Other times he explores world sounds through the use of percussion, zanfona (hurdy gurdy), didjeridu and other instruments.
The Rough Guide to Flamenco Nuevo focuses on Flamenco innovators and new trends in flamenco. There are many artists included who certainly deserve more attention from the international public. The ubiquitous fusionists Ojos de Brujo are included as well as veterans like virtuoso sax player Jorge Pardo, known for playing with Paco de Lucía and Chick Corea. There are lesser known veterans such as Diego Amador and Flamenco jam master Diego Carrasco.
Andalusian singer-songwriter Javier Ruibal writes some of the most beautiful Spanish songs I’ve heard. He has grown in popularity in the UK. Ruibal is not a flamenco singer, although he uses Flamenco elements in his music.
Some of the new blood in Flamenco and its offspring are represented on Rough Guide to Flamenco Nuevo: master guitarist Jerónimo and Son de la Frontera (mentioned earlier). Other artists made it to the compilation that perhaps shouldn’t have. French Gypsy rumba is not exactly Flamenco and there are dozens of similar bands in Spain that are just as good if not better.
Another Flamenco angle is provided by innovative cellist José Luis López. He has recorded a CD, Soleando, where he plays Flamenco with a cello. The result is an intriguing and ear-catching mix of chamber classical music with Flamenco melodies and beats. The album is available from flamenco-world.com.
Eclectic keyboardist and accordionist Tomás San Miguel has recorded an extraordinary series of primarily instrumental albums that feature San Miguel on accordion and Ttukunak on chalaparta (an ancient Basque percussion instrument). Dan Txa is the latest album in the collection. The new pieces are inspired by Basque melodies and txalaparta rhythms. In addition to San Miguel and Ttukunak, the album features Dissidenten percussionist Marlon Klein, sax player Jorge Pardo and guitarist Antonio Gómez.
Madrid, Spain -Flamenco singer José el Francés has chosen Emanuele Ruffinengo and Javier Limón to produce Agua de esperanza (Water of Hope), his new album. Ruffinengo, an Italian producer, is known for his close work with Alejandro Sanz. ´Me sobra la fe´ was used as a single to promote the album.The tracks have a pop structure and jondo flamenco roots.
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