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Celebrated Guitarist Amir John Haddad Announces New Album ‘Andalucía’

Amir John Haddad – El Amir

Virtuoso world music multi-instrumentalist Amir John Haddad – El Amir is set to release his new guitar album dedicated to Andalusia. The album will be released on February 28, 2020, coinciding with the Andalusia Day, and will include a musical piece dedicated to each province and a surprise closing track that will go beyond flamenco and guitar borders.

“Andalucía” is Amir’s third flamenco guitar album. It honors the land in southern Spain where he spent his summers as a child. Flamenco genres include rumbas, seguiriyas, granaína, tarantos, alegrias, soleás, mineras, even a lullaby.

There is a granaína dedicated to guitarist Juan Habichuela, a seguiriya to Pepe Justicia who was his guitar teacher during his stay in Jerez de la Frontera and some tangos dedicated to the late maestro Paco de Lucia.

Amir’s multi-ethnic background and his multi-instrumentalist essence is reflected in each of the tracks that make up “Andalucía”. El Amir’s sound encompasses different styles of music, not just flamenco, including Arabic music, Mediterranean folk music, rock, funk, electronic music and Indian music.

El amir’s discography includes: Pasando Por Tabernas ‎( 2005),
Uno ( 2011), 9 Guitarras ‎( 2013) and Dosr (2014)

More about Amir John Haddad – “El Amir”

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The Flamencos y Mestizos Series Returns to Madrid in December 2019

Naike Ponce & Paquete

The SGAE Foundation will present the latest edition of Flamenco y Mestizos (Flamenco and hybrids) this month. The ongoing series provides a window to emerging projects. The series will take place December 12-14, 2019 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid, Spain.

Flamencos y Mestizos will cover all aspects of current flamenco, focusing on singing, dancing, the guitar and saxophone.

Antonio Lizana – Photo by Ana Solinis

The first show will be on Thursday, December 12, with the project of young saxophonist and singer from Cádiz, Antonio Lizana, who fuses jazz and flamenco. The next concert that day will present singer Naike Ponce, from Salucar de Barrameda, accompanied by the guitar of Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, a member of the prestigious flamenco lineage of Los Porrina.

María Marín – Photo by Eantorique
Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona’

The next day, December 13, Flamencos y Mestizos will open with the self-taught vocals of María Marín, who will travel throughout the world with her voice, accompanied by her inseparable guitar. The second session of the night will showcase the dance performance of a young artist from Cádiz, Lucía Álvarez ‘La Piñona.’

La Fabi at Flamenco Eñe
Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Paco Lobato

The SGAE Foundation will conclude this series on Saturday, December 14 with the moaning style of La Fabi (Fabiola Pérez), who will present her album Frutos y flores, where she displays her powerful voice. The other artist featured, Antonia Jiménez will demonstrate that women can also embrace the curves of a guitar with fury, talent and passion.

Created in 2015, Flamencos y Mestizos has become a window for emerging artists who investigate the borders between deep flamenco and mestizo (hybrid) flamenco. The series is directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Shows start at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) at Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid. Price: 5.50 euros. Advance sale at the box office and tickets.com.

Schedule

Thursday, December 12
Antonio Lizana (sax and vocals)
Naike Ponce & Paquete (vocals and guitar)

Friday, December 13
María Marín (vocals and guitar)
La Piñona (dance)

Saturday, December 14
Antonia Jiménez (guitar)
La Fabi (vocals)

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Artist Profiles: Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’

Juan José Suárez ‘Paquete’, is an acclaimed guitarist and a successful record producer. Together with Enrique Heredia ‘El Negri’, he was part of the successful and unforgettable band of new flamenco La Barbería del Sur.

‘Paquete’ is a member of one of the great flamenco family lineages, Los Porrina de Badajoz. He’s a multi-talented artist who appeared as an actor in the movie ‘Tierra’ by Julio Meden. Paquete produced two Grammy-winning albums, Tomatito’s ‘Agua Dulce’ de Tomatito and ‘Picasso en mis ojos’ with Diego ‘El Cigala’.

Throughout his career, he has performed with Enrique, Kiki and Estrella Morente; La Tana, Piraña, El Bandolero, Yelsy Heredia, Caramelo, Diego Carrasco, Montse Cortés, Alain Pérez, José Soto ‘El
Sorderita’, and mamny others.

‘Mr. Pakett’ was his great solo project, an album that incorporated a mix of tradiitonal flamenco guitar along with jazz explorations.

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Artist Profiles: Antonia Jiménez

Antonia Jiménez – Photo by Luca Fiaccavento

Guitarist Antonia Jiménez was born in the Port of Santa María (Cádiz). She started learning flamenco guitar with Antonio Villar at a young age. She accompanied Villar singing and dancing at Andalusian tablaos (flamenco nightclubs) and flamenco clubs. Later she moved to Madrid, where she played at the most relevant tablaos and the leading venues in the Spanish capital, accompanying various artists.

Antonia Jiménez has toured the globe accompanying high profile performers such as singers Carmen Linares, Montse Cortés and Juan Pinilla and dancers like Merche Esmeralda, Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Rocío Molina, Manuel Liñán, and Belén Maya.

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Brilliant Profile of Paco de Lucia

Paco de Lucia – Antologia

Paco de Lucia – Antologia (Mercury, 1995)

This is a magnificent profile of Paco de Lucia, one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

The Spanish composer and guitarist was particularly skilled in flamenco, but crossed over into a range of other styles such as classical, jazz and world music.

His vast archive of music combined technical magic, raw energy, tender emotion and superb melody. From bulerias and tanguillos to tangos and rhumbas, this compilation showcases Paco de Lucia’s virtuosity.

If you can’t make it to Andalucia in southern Spain, this album will give you a flavor! We particularly recommend the tracks ‘Danza Ritual Del Fuego,’ ‘Cepa Andaluza’ and ‘Rumba Improvisada.’

More about Paco de Lucia

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Young Cordoba Guitarist Juan José León Wins 2019 Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest

Juan José León, Winner of First Prize of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest 2019

Talento Flamenco (Flamenco talent) closed its third edition at the 2019 Cordoba Guitar Festival. In a crowded courtyard at the Posada del Potro, the Fosforito Flamenco Center hosted on July 12th the hard-fought final of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Contest 2019, organized by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. The award went to Cordoba-born Juan José León. The first prize is endowed with 1,400 euros and a trophy.

The second prize, worth 900 euros, went to Pablo Fernández (Barcelona), to whom the jury also awarded the Acciona Scholarship, worth 5,000 euros, which will allow him to study the next academic year at the Cristina Heeren flamenco school in Seville.

The third prize, 600 euros, went to Luis González from Badajoz.

In total, in its three editions, Talento Flamenco has given awards to more than fifty young singers, guitarists and dancers, aged 16 to 30 years, mostly Andalusians, but also from other points of the Spanish geography and countries such as Brazil and France.

The Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest 2019 is sponsored by the Cristina Heeren Foundation with the aim of “giving young people the boost they need to, with knowledge and practice, shining on their talent“, according to Pepa Sánchez, Academic Director of the school.

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Artist Profiles: Juan Habichuela Nieto

Juan Habichuela Nieto

Juan Torres Fajardo, better known as Juan Habichuela Nieto was born in Granada, Spain on May 31, 1989. He is a renowned guitarist and composer who belongs to one of the most important flamenco dynasties. He is the grandson of Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’, an indisputable maestro guitarist who passed away in 2016.

At the age of 15, Juan was already playing guitar, accompanying the late Enrique Morente, one of the finest singers of his generation, performing on the best stages in the world.

Juan Habichuela Nieto

Since then he has worked with great artists like Pitingo, Estrella Morente, Jose Enrique Morente, his uncle Antonio Carmona, Juan de Juan, Antonio Canales, Carlos Benavent and Jorge Pardo among others.

In 2011, he received the Bordón de Oro award from the Cante de las Minas Festival.

Juan Habichuela Nieto’s first solo album was “Mi alma a solas” (Universal Music Spain). It features well-known guest artists such as Estrella Morente, Marina Heredia, Antonio Carmona, Lolita, Rosario Flores, etc.

His second album “Sentimientos de mi ser” (Universal Music Spain) was released in July of 2017.

Discography:

Mi alma a solas (Universal Music Spain, 2014)
Sentimientos de mi ser (Universal Music Spain, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Diego Del Morao

Diego Del Morao

Diego Moreno Jiménez, better known as , was born September 20, 1978 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

He grew up as a member of the renowned dynasty of the Morao. Diego is the eldest son of Moraito Chico and he trained at home under the watchful eye of his father, although he also received training at the Carbonero school.

He appeared on stage at 14, accompanying artists at different clubs and festivals. Soon his guitar attracted the attention of flamenco stars such as José Mercé. Enrique Morente, Diego el Cigala, la Niña Pastori, Miguel Poveda, Pansequito, Diego Carrasco, Montse Cortés, Marina Heredia, and others.

Discography:

Del Manzanares Al Guadalquivir, with Israel Paz El Moñi ‎(Alía Discos, 1999)
Orate (Warner Music Spain, 2010)
Vuelve El Flamenco, with Diego El Cigala (Cigala Music, 2014)
Antonio Reyes / Diego Del Morao – Directo En El Círculo Flamenco De Madrid ‎(El Flamenco Vive, 2016)

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Flamenco and Jazz, Andreas Arnold’s Two Hearts

Andreas Arnold – Odisea

Andreas Arnold – Odisea (Galileo Music, 2019)

Andreas Arnold is a US-based, jazz-trained German guitarist who fell in love with flamenco and spent some time in southern Spain immersed in flamenco culture. Odisea is his third release and it is deeply influenced by flamenco guitar and Mediterranean music. Unlike other non-Spanish guitarists who play easy listening flamenco rumbas, Arnold plays the real stuff: soleas, tangos and other forms.

Odisea is a melting pot of musical ideas and cross-pollination. Andreas Arnold incorporates jazz, flamenco, Greek and other world music influences. This project showcases a skilled trio format that includes Arnold on guitars, Greek musician Petros Klampanis on acoustic bass and Japanese percussionist Miguel Hiroshi, who was raised in Granada, Spain.

I think this album is sort of a homecoming for me,” says Arnold about Odisea. “Back to a looser and improvised approach, while incorporating many things that I’ve learned during my travels across the vast seas of flamenco. Back to jazz elements, even back to classical elements that are rooted in my childhood.”

The recordings took place in Brooklyn (New York) and also in Cadiz and Madrid (Spain) and feature additional guests who provide additional authenticity to the flamenco side of the album. Guests include Carlos Ronda on cajon and palmas (flamenco handclap percussion); Cristian Soto on vocals; David Enhco on trumpet; Guy Mintus on piano and melodica; Jeremy Smith on percussion; Juan Carmona on percussion and palmas; Lucas Carmona on palmas; Maria Manousaki on violin; Ricardo Piñero on electric bass and palmas; and Rocio Parilla on vocals and palmas.

Odisea is a remarkable journey through the spirited sounds of western Mediterranean flamenco, eastern Mediterranean Cretan and Greek music and contemporary jazz.

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Guitarist Cañizares Wins Best Flamenco Album Award at Spanish Independent Music Awards 2019

The album “El mito de la caverna” by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Cañizares is the winner of the Best Flamenco Album Award at Premios MIN 2019, Spain’s independent music awards.

El mito de la caverna is Cañizares’ 14th album and he describes it as a heartfelt tribute to his roots and traditions.

Cañizares is a classically-trained flamenco guitarist who bridges the worlds of flamenco and classical music.

More about Cañizares.

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