Artist Profiles: Chicuelo

Chicuelo

Juan Gómez “Chicuelo”(Little Kid) was born in Barcelona in 1968. He began studying the guitar as a boy in the flamenco peñas (clubs) of Barcelona. He was an outstanding student of Manolo Sanlucar and his brother Isidro Muñoz. In 1989, he received recognition as a guitarist from Sabicas in Carmen Amaya’s home in Begur (in the province of Gerona) as part of the first International Flamenco Seminar.

In his early years, he worked at the Tablao de Carmen nightclub in Barcelona with Mario Escudero, Angelita Vargas, La Tolea, Yerbabuena, Sara Varas, Adrián Galia, Belén Maya, Antonio El Pipa, Joaquín Grilo, etc. He worked as a studio musician on recordings by a variety of artists including Tomatito, Duquende, Mayte Martín, Ginesa Ortega, and Joan Manuel Serrat. He also worked as musical director on various recordings including “Siento”(HMI 987011) y “Oscuriá”(HMI 987016) by Ginesa Ortega, and “Suena Flamenco”(HMI 987019) by Miguel Poveda.

In 1992, he participated at the World Expo and in Seville’s Flamenco Biennial. Since then, he has toured through out Europe, Japan, and the United States he did the cover version of the music for Orson Welles’ latest film, “El Quijote” and he participated in Paris’ Flamenco Youth Festival with unprecedented success.

In 1996, he founded and led the group Cambalache. Chicuelo has accompanied outstanding cantaores such as Enrique Morente, Rancapino, Chano Lobato, José Mercé, Duquende, Mayte Martín, and Potito he is Miguel Poveda’s regular guitarist.

Translated by Rita Granda, rgranda@sympatico.ca

Discography:

Siento, with Ginesa Ortega ‎(Harmonia Mundi, 1997)
Cómplices
‎(Harmonia Mundi, 2000)
Diapasión ‎(Flamenco Records, 2007)
Coplas Del Querer, with Miguel Poveda and Albert Amargos (Universal Music, 2009)
Cante I Orquestra ‎(DiscMedi Blau, 2009)
Qawwali Flamenco ‎(Accords Croisés, 2013)
Sintonías ‎(Taller De Músics, 2016)
Conexión ‎(Taller De Músics, 2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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