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Artist Profiles: David Carmona

David Carmona – Photo by Pedro Walter

David Carmona Fernández was born in Granada in a well-known gypsy family of flamenco performers called Fernández de Íllora. Some of the best known artists in the family include Ramón de Loja, El Moreno (Diego El Cigala’s father) and Morenito de Íllora. Other family members include José Carmona, Carmen Carmona, Isabel Fernández and Evangelino Fernández, all of whom are familiar flamenco performers in Granada.

David has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Giradillo for Upcoming Artist at the XVI Biennial of Flamenco Art in Seville. In 2009, he won the first prize at the XXIII International Contest of Flamenco Guitar, organized by Peña Flamenca “Los Cernícalos” in Jerez de la Frontera, and that same year he won the Fundación Autor-SGAE Award for Musical Composition at The XVIII Contest of Choreography of Spanish Dance and Flamenco.

In 2011, he received the “Young Creators” award from the Fundación Instituto de Cultura Gitana (Foundation Institute of Gypsy Culture), and the Insignia de Oro 2011, from Peña Flamenca “La Platería” for his artistic career. At 12, he won the Hispamusic Prize at Canal Sur Televisión, in the “Veo Veo” program.

David Carmona recorded first album “Tratante” in 1997. He has accompanied leading acts since 2006, such as guitar master Manolo Sanlúcar and well –known singers and dancers like Estrella Morente, Esperanza Fernández, Diego “El Cigala”, Morenito de Íllora, Antonio Canales, Patricia Guerrero, Fuensanta “La Moneta”, and Luis “El Zambo.”

In 2008, he performed at the XV edition of the Biennial of Flamenco Art in Seville. In November of 2016, during Flamenco Day, David performed a concert organized by the Diputación Provincial de Granada within the “Flamenco and Culture” program and in December he was part of the program “Flamenco Encounters of Granada” together with José Enrique Morente.

David has a degree in music, specialized from the Superior Conservatory of Music “Rafael Orozco” of Córdoba.

His 2017 album “A Dream of Madness” features top flamenco acts such as Estrella Morente, Arcángel, Carmen Molina and Tino Di Geraldo.

Discography:

Tratante (1997)

David Carmona (Sony Music, 2005)

Un Sueño de locura (Nuevos Medios NM15929, 2017)

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David Carmona’s Guitar Dream

David Carmona – Un Sueño de locura (Nuevos Medios NM 15 929, 2017)

David Carmona is one of the rising stars of flamenco guitar. This young musician and composer from Granada grew up in a family of flamenco artists and studied with maestro Manolo Sanlucar.

On his new album “Un Sueño de locura,” co-produced by Manolo Sanlucar, David Carmona is joined by some of the finest flamenco performers in the current scene.
“Un Sueño de locura” demonstrates that David Carmona is a highly talented guitarist who sticks to the purest tradition on several of the musical pieces, but is also open to more modern flamenco arrangements.

The lineup on “Un Sueño de locura” includes David Carmona on guitars; Estrella Morente on vocals; Arcángel on vocals; Carmen Molina on vocals; Tino Di Geraldo on percussion; Agustín Diassera on percussion; Los Mellis and Carlos Grilo on palmas (handclap percussion); and El Bo, Carlos Grilo, José Cortés “El Pirata” and Ismael Tirado provide jaleos (shouts of encouragement).

 

 

“Un Sueño de locura” is a dazzling flamenco guitar album by one of the finest young players in the flamenco scene.

Buy the “Un Sueño de locura” digital version or the CD

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Jordi Savall Releases Granada 1013-1526

Jordi Savall - Granada 1013-1526
Jordi Savall – Granada 1013-1526

Composer and muician Jordi Savall has a new album titled Granada 1013-1526 (Alia Vox AVSA 9915). The recording features his regular ensemble Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya.
Granada 1013-1526 explores 500 years of Medieval Spanish history in a region where there frequent encounters between the three monotheistic religions.

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