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Legendary Flamenco and Cuban Dynasties to Perform in the USA

Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona – Photo by Jose Torres

Familia habichuela: Legendary Dynasties featuring flamenco guitar maestro Pepe Habichuela and his son Josemi Carmona (founder of seminal “New Flamenco” band Ketama) are set to perform in New York city on March 24th at 8pm. Pepe Habichuela and vocalist Kiki Morente will perform today, March 21st at Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

The New York performance by Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona also features special guest artists: Latin Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, award-winning leader of New York’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and his son Adam O’Farrill. They will also be joined by vocalist Kiki Morente; Javier Colina, one of the finest bass players in Spain; José Manuel Ruiz, “Bandolero,” a leading percussionist in flamenco; and flamenco dancer Alba Heredia, a member of the Maya family, another celebrated flamenco gypsy dynasty.

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Flamenco guitarist Daniel Casares to Showcase Picassares in the United States

Daniel Casares performing ‘Picassares’ at Flamenco Eñe – Photo by Jesús Domínguez

Acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer Daniel Casares is set to perform in New York on March 24, 2018 at Joe’s Pub. Casares will present his latest work, Picassares, inspired by the paintings of the Malaga-born genius Picasso. “To me it is an opportunity to show instrumental flamenco and to claim the sound of the guitar, initiatives like Flamenco Eñe give us life,” said Daniel Casares. The next day, Casares will also participate in the Flamenco Rave in Miami.

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Rycardo Moreno to Present Galeano in the United States

Rycardo Moreno

Spanish guitarist Rycardo Moreno will present his new show titled Galeano on March 10, 2018 at Joe’s Pub in New York. A day later he will play at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, in a concert framed within the activities of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2018 that is supported by SGAE Foundation.

Galeano is a flamenco tribute dedicated to iconic Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. “Spain is the only country where flamenco jazz is made. Why don’t we export it and modernize flamenco? With Galeano we do a bit of that, it is a cutting-edge project, which sets to the most social and current texts of this international author. I think it will work well abroad, “said Moreno at Flamenco Eñe.

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Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez Returns to New York City

José Antonio Rodríguez – Photo by Athena Salvador

José Antonio Rodríguez, one the leading flamenco guitarists of his generation, is set to perform Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn.

A significant guitarist, renowned for his powerful and evocative renditions of contemporary flamenco, José Antonio Rodríguez has composed music for orchestras, dance companies, and film, participated in major projects with Paco de Lucía and Alejandro Sanz, and appeared in Carlos Saura’s Flamenco. For this show, he will be accompanied by Patricio Cámara “Pachi” on percussion, vocal and Paco Peña on bass.

José Antonio Rodríguez – Adiós Muchachos… (2016)

José Antonio Rodríguez’s most recent album is the critically acclaimed Adiós Muchachos.

This concert is part of The Flamenco Festival.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Tickets available at www.robertbrowningassociates.com

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Engaging Fusion of Jazz and Flamenco with Josemi Carmona at Barceló Torre de Madrid

Acclaimed flamenco guitar innovator Josemi Carmona is set to perform this evening, Friday, December 15, 2017 at Garra Bar in Barceló Torre de Madrid, a luxury designer hotel in Spain’s capital.

Josemi Carmona is one of the key figures in recent Spanish music. He was a member of iconic band Ketama and is part of one of the most traditional flamenco sagas, the Habichuelas. Josemi toured with his father, Pepe el Habichuela, as part of the Flamenco Puro show in the United States, along with other renowned flamenco artists.

Garra Bar is a place where art, music and urban style meet. It’s a location for music and cocktails in the heart of Madrid, by the Plaza de España.

Admission is free.
Barceló Torre de Madrid  
Plaza de los Cubos
Plaza de España, 18, 28008 Madrid, Spain

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Artist Profiles: Ramón Montoya

Ramón Montoya

Ramón Montoya Salazar is considered a genius by most Flamenco guitarists. He was born November 2, 1879. Some biographies mention he was born near Toledo (Spain), while others indicate his birthplace as Madrid, Spain.

As a child he visited Madrid’s influential Cafe de la Marina, watching guitarists play. The key moment came when he met the most important classical guitarist of that time Miguel Llobet.

Ramón Montoya recorded his first solo piece as a soloist in 1936 in Paris, at the age of 56. Until then Montoya had only recorded as accompanist.

Ramón Montoya died July 20, 1949 in Madrid, Spain.

Discography:

Flamenquistas volume II (Stinson Records, 1962)
Arte Clasico Flamenco. Un Maestro De La Guitarra (Hispavox, 1971)
Le Vrai Flamenco Instrumental ‎(Disc’Az, 1974)
Great Masters of Flamenco, Vol .5 – Grandes Figures Du Flamenco (Le chant du Monde, 1996)
El Genio De La Guitarra Flamenca (2003)
Maestro De La Guitarra Flamenca ‎(Calé Records, 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Paco Fernandez

Francisco Fernández Vargas “Paco Fernández” was born in Triana (Sevilla) in 1967. He grew up in a family of singers, guitar players and dancers.

At the age of eight he began playing the guitar and received his first lessons from Rafael Amador, a member of the “Pata Negra” band. He later continued his apprenticeship with guitar teacher Miguel Pérez (senior).

At the age of twelve, Paco Fernandez officially debuted with his brothers Esperanza and José Fernández at the Álvarez Quintero Theater in Seville, forming the group Pandilla Gitana. The following year, his father Curro Fernández, along with the important representative José Antonio “Pulpon”, had the great idea of forming one of the most recognized flamenco families in the country, “La Familia Fernández”, which toured for eight years throughout America, Europe, Japan, and India.

At a young age, Paco was recruited by guitar maestro Rafael Riqueni as second guitarist in his shows. Later, he participated with guitar virtuoso Gerardo Núñez on a tour of Germany.

In 1992, Paco played guitar in Roció Jurado’s album, “Dos Mundos Cantan”, in the songs “Fandangos de Descubrimiento” and “Del Amor de España”.

In 1995, Paco participated in the song “Bulerias del Olivar” from the album “De Aquí a Ketama” and on the album “Pasión Gitana by dancer Joaquín Cortes “.

In 1996 Paco participated, together with Tomatito on the album by Morenito De Illora. He also accompanied Niña Pastori and Joaquín Cortes dring their tours.

In 1998, he started as a music producer on Carmen Carmona’s album, intervening as musical director, arranger and guitarist of all the songs. At the end of the same year he also produces and plays the guitar on the album “Sueños” by La Chiqui.

In 1999 he produced two albums, “Sueños de Mimbre” by Rocío Ruiz and “Volcán” by the group Varaya; both productions for the OFS discography.

In the year 2001 he participated with his show “Sastipen Tali”, at the Lewes Guitar Festival in Great Britain. Also at the eighth Astaffort Guitar Festival in France.

In 2002 he collaborated as a musical producer and guitarist in the show “Yo misma” by Juana Amaya, participating in the XII Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. That same year he toured with acclaimed singer and guitarist Raimundo Amador.

In January 2003, he received a platinum record for his song “Teléfono de Mi Casa” from Javi Cantero’s album and that year he also took part in the “Por Derecho” tour with Juana Amaya and Farruquito.

In 2005, Paco released his first solo album “Sastipen Tali.” Paco Fernandez is currently one of the most sought-after guitarists in Spain.

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Artist Profiles: Pepe Habichuela

Pepe Habichuela

José Antonio Carmona Carmona, better known as Pepe Habichuela, was born in Granada (Spain) in 1944. The guitar has always been present in the Habichuela dynasty. Pepe Habichuela’s grandfather, Tio José Habichuela and father Juan Carmona Habichuela played the guitar and all his brothers are professional players. His son is Josemi Carmona, who along with Pepe’s nephews, founded innovative flamenco fusion group Ketama.

As many other guitarists Pepe Habichuela’s professional career started as accompanist to well-known cantaores (singers) like Camarón de la Isla. His collaboration with the great cantaor Enrique Morente meant a giant step for modern Flamenco. Pepe Habichuela participated in several of Morente’s superb albums: Se hace camino al andar, Homenaje a Don Antonio Chacon and Despegando.

Since 1980 Pepe Habichuela has been giving concerts as a soloist. Pepe Habichuela’s first solo album was a tribute to his grandfather.

Pepe has gone beyond traditional Flamenco guitar by adding bass, percussion and Jazz elements to his compositions. His interest in Jazz has led him to collaborations with jazzmen Don Cherry and David Holland. He has also explored the connections between flamenco and Indian music collaborating with Nithin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar and The Bollywood Strings.

Discography:

Homenaje a D. Antonio Chacón, with Enrique Morente ((Hispavox, 1976)
Despegando (CBS, 1977)
A Mandeli (Nuevos Medios, 1983)
Habichuela en Rama (Nuevos Medios, 1997)
Yerbagüena, with The Bollywood Strings (Nuevos Medios NM15788, 2001)
Hands, with Dave Holland (Dare2 Records, 2010)

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Artist Profiles: Miguel Angel Cortés

Miguel Angel Cortés

 

Miguel Angel Cortés was born in Granada (Spain) on January 26th, 1972. The Cortés family is well known for its fine guitarists so it is not surprising that Miguel Angel displayed an early enthusiasm for carrying on the family tradition. His unusual talent was discovered when he was given a guitar at the age of 8. He made his debut into the world of flamenco at the Zambra del Sacromonte club in the famous Gypsy caves of Granada.

By the time he was 14 years old Miguel Angel was already touring extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Turkey and Japan accompanying top Flamenco dancers such as Mariquilla, Manolote, Antonio Canales, Javier Barón and Juan Andrés Maya and flamenco singers José de la Tomasa, José Merce, Chano Lobato, Luis El Polaco Morenito de Illora and Estrella Morente.

In 1994, Miguel Angel won the Paco de Lucía Guitar Award. For the past several years he and his brother Paco Cortés have been working and touring with one of the leading flamenco singers in Spain, Carmen Linares. They also worked on a music project in collaboration with several other musicians and El Guito, formerly Paco de Lucia’s dancer.

Miguel Angel’s pride as a Gypsy musician compels him to continue composing and performing Flamenco music. He is traditional in his approach while still being an active participant in the exciting ongoing evolution of Spanish guitar music.

To me it is more important to ‘feel the pain’ with sensibility when playing flamenco because anyone can achieve technical speed by rehearsing 12 hours a day.”

Discography:

Patriarca (Antequera Records/Alula Records, 1998)
Bordón De Trapo ‎(Nuba Records KAR7714, 2006)

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