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Al Di Meola – Opus (earMUSIC, 2018)

Although Al Di Meola became famous as an outstanding and pioneering jazz-rock fusion guitarist, he’s demonstrated throughout the years that his music goes much further, crossing numerous musical boundaries. Opus is a very special album. Here, Al Di Meola showcases his talent as a musician and composer in various ways.

Musically, Al Di Meola treats the listener to an exquisite set of original shape-shifting pieces where you’ll find jazz, fusion, classical, Italian music, flamenco and Argentine musical influences.
More impressive is the fact that Al Di Meola plays practically every instrument on the album. In addition to guitars, he also plays percussion, keyboards and bass and does a great job indeed. In a handful of tracks, Al Di Meola has guest musicians on piano, keyboards and drums.

The recording of the guitars is pure delight. On every track you’ll hear a mix of guitars all played by Al Di Meola. The mixing lets you enjoy guitars on different channels, delivering masterful interplay. In addition, he adds soft ambient electric guitar effects that coat lightly the acoustic guitar sounds.

Al Di Meola uses his favorite Conde Hermanos acoustic nylon guitar throughout the album along with his trademark spectacular electric guitar solos. Conde Hermanos make some of the best guitars in the world and they sound splendid in Al Di Meola’s hands.

With Opus, I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer-guitarist than guitarist-composer”, articulates Di Meola. “For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”



Opus features Al Di Meola on guitars, cajon, snare, toms, drums, bass, electric effects; Kemuel Roig on acoustic piano; Dario Eskenazi on keyboards; Richie Morales on drums; and Rhani Krija on percussion.

Opus is a magnificently-crafted, genre defying album by one of the finest guitarists in the world, Al Di Meola.

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Artist Profiles: Sebastião Tapajós

Sebastião Tapajós

Sebastião Tapajós was baptized with Amazon water. He was born in 1944 on his Father’s boat, close to the town of Santarem, where the Rio Tapajós flows into the Amazon. Very early he started playing Choros and Boleros on the guitar. Later he was trained in classical guitar playing in the conservatories of Belem and Rio.

In 1964 Tapajós traveled to Lisbon (Portugal) to continue his studies, and from there he went to Madrid (Spain), studying with Emilio Pujol. During that period he started to perform throughout Europe.

Tapajós returned to Brazil, residing in Belem first and later in Rio de Janeiro. In Rio his classical studies mingled with the influences of the Música Popular, the Samba and the Bossa Nova. Since 1973 he’s toured Europe and Japan several times, appearing in TV shows and receiving the German Critics Award for his lifetime achievements as a musician. As a composer and arranger he participated in many Brazilian productions and he recorded more than 30 albums during the years. Sebastião Tapajós is known in Europe as one of the greatest living Brazilian Guitarists


Apresentando Sebastião Tapajós e Seu Conjunto (1963)
O Violão e…Tapajós (1968)
Sebastiao Tapajos + Pedro dos Santos (1972)
Guitarra Fantástica (1976)
Violão & Amigos (1979)
Guitarra Criolla (1982)
Zimbo Convida Sebastião Tapajós (1982)
Maurício Einhorn & Sebastião Tapajós (1984)
Visões Do Nordeste (1986)
Painel (1986)
Villa-Lobos (1987)
Lado a Lado, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1988)
Terra Brasis (1989)
Brasilidade, with João Cortez (1989)
Reflections, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1990)
Instrumental No Ccbb, with Gilson Peranzzetta, Maurício Einhorn and Paulinho Nogueira (1993)
Amazônia Brasileira, with Nilson Chaves (1997)
Ontem e Sempre (1997)
Afinidades, with Gilson Peranzzetta (1997)
Da Minha Terra, with Jane Duboc (1998)
Acorde Violão (2001)
Do Meu Gosto (2001)
Solos do Brasil (2001)
Choros e Valsas do Pará (2002)
Cristina Caetano interpreta Sebastião Tapajós & Parceiros (2010)
Tempo de Espera (2010)
Conversa de Violões, with Sérgio Abalos (2011)
Cordas do Tapajós, with Sérgio Abalos (2011)
Suíte das Amazonas – (2012)
Painel (Remasterização) (2012)
Da Lapa ao Mascote (2013)
Aos da Guitarrada (2013)
Violões do Pará, with Salomão Habib (2014)


Artist Profiles: Paulo Bellinati

Artist Profiles: Paulo Bellinati was born September 22, 1950 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has long been recognized as one of Brazil’s top contemporary guitarists and compozser as well. John Williams, Badi Assad, Cristina Azurna, The Assad Duo, The Strano Sisters, Shinichi Fukuda, Timothy Kain, Eduardo Isaac, Ricardo Cobo, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima are among the list of world class performers playing and recording his music.

In a contemporary approach to musical folklore, Bellinati presents the various musical styles of Brazil including Lundu, Modinha, Schottisch, Seresta. Maxixe, Baiao. Maracatu, Frevo, and Xaxado, and recreates them using all of the resources available to the modern guitar composer.


The Guitar Works of Garoto (GSP, 1991),
Guitares du Bresil (GHA, 1991)
Serenata – Choros & Waltzes of Brazil (GSP, 1993)
Afro-Sambas (GSP, 1996)
Lira Brasileira (GSP, 1996)
Genuinamente Brasileiro (Movie Play, 1999)
New Choros of Brazil (Acoustic Music Records, 2007)
A Felicidade (GSP, 2009)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003WFQ?ie=UTF8&tag=musidelmund-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B000003WFQPingue Pongue, with Cristina Azuma (Delira Música, 2011)


Artist profiles: Strunz & Farah

Strunz & Farah

Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah, originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, have pioneered a new expression for the acoustic guitar. Bringing the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic rhythmic and improvisation-rich original compositions these “fieras de la guitarra” (“wild animals of the guitar”) have profoundly influenced guitarists everywhere creating a new genre.

Jorge given his first guitar at age 6 grew up in a Caribbean environment, playing flamenco and classical guitar, incorporating jazz, Afro-Latin and Latin American folk forms. Ardeshir Farah was raised in Iran and England and also played guitar since childhood focusing on popular music and improvisation. Both began performing professionally in their early teens.

The travels of his diplomat father brought Jorge to the United States while Ardeshir arrived as a student of architecture. Fortune and music brought the two together when Ardeshir came to see Jorge perform with his Latin jazz-fusion group Caldera (which put out 4 albums on Capitol). When the two guitarists subsequently met it was instantly obvious that they were brothers of the guitar from opposite ends of the earth. They quickly prepared a repertoire began performing and recorded their first project ‘Mosaico’ in 1980.

Although record companies at that time were not yet ready for this exotic new music, jazz radio embraced it enthusiastically and the duo caught the attention of Milestone with whom they put out two CDs in the early 1980s ‘Frontera’ and ‘Guitarras’.

The intimate audiophile recording ‘Misterio’ was commissioned and recorded by Waterlily Acoustics in 1989. Following this came the phenomenally successful recordings ‘Primal Magic’ (1990) and ‘Americas’ (1992) on Mesa/Atlantic which won Billboard’s World Music Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination respectively.

The artists then started their own record company Selva as an artist-friendly alternative to the majors and put out ‘Heat of the Sun’ (top 1 Billboard World Music chart) and ‘Live’ the artists’ first live performance recording. Strunz & Farah received back the rights to ‘Primal Magic’ and ‘Americas’ which were re-released on Selva, an indepent label owned by the artists and distributed independently.

On Stringweave, Strunz and Farah are accompanied by guests such as Indian violin master Dr. L. Subramanian. Puerto Rican cuatro virtuoso Edwin Colón Zayas. Persian violinist Bijan Mortazevi and many others.


Mosaico (1982, Reissued on Selva 1997)

Frontera (Milestone 1984)

Guitarras (Milestone 1985)

Misterio (AudioQuest 1989)

Primal Magic (1990, Reissued on Selva 1999)

Americas (1992 Reissued on Selva 1999)

Heat Of The Sun (Selva 1995)

Live (Selva 1997)

Wild Muse (Selva 1998)

Best of Strunz &Farah (Selva 2000)

Stringweave (Selva 2001)

Rio de Colores (Selva 2003)

Zona Torrida (Selva 2004)

Desert Guitars (Selva 2005)

Jungle Guitars (Selva 2006)

Fantaseo (Selva 2006)

Journey Around The Sun (Selva 2011)

Moods and Visions (Selva 2014)


In Performance (2003)


Artist Profiles: Federico Ramos

Federico Ramos was born in the small town of 33 (Treinta y Tres) in Uruguay. He mastered the flamenco guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Spain and hanging out with his “brothers” the gypsies of the southern Spanish coast.

Besides the guitar, Federico has mastered the saz, charango, oud and guimbri among other string instruments. Federico has played and colaborated with Jackson Browne, Milton Nascimento, Mark Isham, Strunz & Farah, and Yusef Lateef among other greats.


Guitarists Jose Maria Bandera and Amir John Haddad to Celebrate Paco de Lucía’s Final Work

Canción Andaluza, the last album released by guitar maestro and Paco de Lucía will be presented live for the first time as a tribute led by two world class guitarists, Paco’s nephew José Maria Bandera (a regular member of Paco’s band) and Amir John Haddad (El Amir). The concert will take place at the IV Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Paco de Lucía on July 18th, 2017 in Paco de Lucia’s birthplace, Algeciras (Spain).

Canción Andaluza focused on popular Andalusian music known as copla. It received two 2 Latin Grammy awards in 2014 for Best Flamenco Album and Best Album of the Year.
The lineup for this special concert includes José María Bandera on guitar; El Amir on guitar and bouzouki; Josemi Garzón on double bass; and Israel Katumba on percussion. Celebrated flamenco singer Arcángel is scheduled to appear as special guest.

July 18th, 2017
Parque María Cristina, Algeciras
10:00 p.m.


Artist profiles: Ian Carr

Ian Carr

Ian Carr is a Welsh guitarist known for his work with Kathryn Tickell, The Old Rope String Band, Simon Thoumire, Syncopace and has guested on recordings by John McCusker, Kate Rusby, Gordon Duncan and several others. He is a member of Anglo-Swedish band Swap and Alan Kelly Gang. He recorded two albums with accordionist Karen Tweed: Fyace and Shhh.


Hootz! , with Simon Thoumire (Black Crow Records, 1990)
Shhh, with Karen Tweed (1995)
Fyace, with Karen Tweed (1997)
Swåp (Amigo, 1997)
Sic (Amigo, 1999)
Mosquito Hunter (Amigo, 2002)
Step on it!, with Niklas Roswall (Drone Music, 2003)
Du Da (2005)
Timber!, with Maria Jonsson and Mikael Marin (Nordic Tradition, 2007)
He Thinks He`s Invisible, with Simon Thoumire (Foot Stomping, 2013)


Artist Profiles: Gerard Edery

Gerard Edery

Gerard Edery was born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York City, speaking several languages throughout his childhood as he absorbed a variety of musical traditions spanning three continents.

Trained as a classical baritone while earning his Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, he has since sung more than thirty roles with opera companies around the United States.

Gerard is also a virtuoso guitarist: melding classical, flamenco, jazz and folk techniques, he brings an intricate, sophisticated personal style both to original compositions and to his elaborate, expressive arrangements of traditional songs – a world-girdling repertoire encompassing some dozen different languages.

His special passion is the rich heritage of French, Spanish and Judeo-Spanish melody. Considered one of the leading interpreters of Sephardic Song, he was honored with the 1997 Sephardic Musical Heritage Award. In 2, he was also awarded a Meet the Composer! grant to write original songs.

Gerard has performed in major concert halls and festivals throughout the world. Gerard offers many inspiring programs in collaboration with many artists, including ud virtuoso George Mgrdichian, storyteller Peninnah Schram, cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Aaron Bensoussan, soprano Nell Snaidas, percussionist Rex Benincasa, playwright/lyricist Adina Ruskin and composer Noa Ain.

Edery is a prolific recording artist and has released over ten CDs on the Sefarad Records label.


Chansons d’Amour (Sefarad Records, 1998)

Linda Amiga (Sefarad Records, 1999)

Morena (Sefarad Records, 1999)

The Minstrel and the Storyteller (1999)

Oigo (Sefarad Records, 2000)

Sing to the Eternal (2002)

Romanzas Sefarditas (2002)

Guitar Give Me Your Song (2002)

Amid the Jasmine (Sefarad Records 2007)

Two Faiths One Voice (2008)

Dai de Cenar (Sefarad Records 2009)

Shiru Hakadosh: Sephardic Liturgical Songs (2012)

Edery Sings Yupanqui (2012)



Flamencos from Hamburg

Selva Negra – Mar lleno

Selva Negra – Mar lleno (Trekel Records/ Selva Negra Music SNM003, 2016)

German duo Selva Negra (black forest in Spanish) draws its inspiration from Spanish flamenco, Latin American music and jazz. Selva Negra’s sound revolves around Björn Vollmer’s guitar and electric bass and Steffen Hanschmann’s percussion.

There’s a nice balance between lively pieces and laid back material. Björn Vollmer’s guitar style is inspired by current Spanish guitarists and does a very good job at staying true to flamenco. Meanwhile, Steffen Hanschmann uses percussion that is typically found in modern flamenco: cajón and palmas.

Guests include Omar Calvo on double bass and Illian Garnet on violin.

Mar lleno showcases the talent of two young German musicians from northern Germany heavily inspired by flamenco.

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Remarkable Solo Celtic Guitar

Soïg Sibéril – Habask (Coop Breizh, 2017)

Virtuoso guitarist Soïg Sibéril has become of the finest performers in the Celtic guitar field. He’s been involved in countless musical projects with leading Breton and Celtic music artists.

Although he’s recorded solo albums before, Habask is truly a solo album, with no guests. It’s just Soïg and his guitar, playing acoustic music inspired by the traditional music of various Celtic cultures.

Habask features mesmerizing originals by Soïg Sibéril along with adaptations of traditional songs from Brittany and other parts of the Celtic music world.

Habask delivers exceptionally expressive acoustic guitar performances rooted in Celtic music.

Buy the digital download version of Habask. Or buy the CD from www.coop-breizh.fr