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Groundbreaking Flamencos and Mestizos Series Returns Tomorrow to Madrid

Ana Pilar Corral
Ana Pilar Corral

The SGAE Foundation has put together a new edition of its cutting-edge ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ series. The concert and dance series will take place from June 16 to 19 June, starying at 21:00 (9:00 pm) at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

The series will feature performances by Sandra Carrasco and Alba Heredia; the guitar duo of Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo, accompanied by dancer Carolina Pozuelo; singer Vicky Romero with violinist Lamaya Flamenca; and the vocals of Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Rios.

Alba Heredia
Alba Heredia

The series will begin on June 16 with the vocals of Sandra Carrasco, who will present her new album, Oceano, accompanied by piano. Dancer Alba Heredia, will present her first show as a solo performer.

Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes
Jose Maria Gallardo and Miguel Angel Cortes

Guitarrists Miguel Angel Cortes and Jose Maria Gallardo will present their show ‘Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo’ on June 17 along with dancer Carolina Pozuelo.

Vicky Romero
Vicky Romero

On June 18th, Vicky Romero will showcase her flamenco roots along with Japanese violinist Lamaya Flamenca.

The series will close on June 19 with a set of copla-style (couplets) songs by Ana Pilar Corral and Mercedes Ríos titled Princesas de la Copla.

Show times: 21:00
Sala Berlanga
Calle Andrés Mellado 53, Madrid
Price: 5.50 euros
Tickets available at ticketea.com


Deliciously Vibrant Flamenco

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos (ACT Music, 2016)

Journalist, writer and provocateur Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

Whether you’re bent on calling it inspiration or fuel, music is one of those things that indelibly mark us; it is those bright, shiny pieces we pick up simply because we are slaves to it whether we want to be or not. Speaking of the bright and shiny, guitar and flamenco fans have a set of the brilliantly fiery pieces to clutch at and put away in their pockets with ACT Music’s release of Logos by Spain’s famed flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nuñez and Sweden’s master jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius.

With recordings such as Calima (1998), Flamencos en Nueva York (1992), Travesia (2012) Jucal (1997) and Jazzpaña Live (2015) to his credit Mr. Nuñez teamed up with Mr. Wakenius, who has own recording credits that go beyond work with the Oscar Peterson quartet and the Ray Brown trio such as Vagabond (2012), Momento Magico (2014), Love is Real (2008) and Forever You (2013), for the live recording Jazzpaña Live in 2015. Hitching a ride to that collaboration, Logos is a rich and rewarding collaboration for this unlikely pairing. Fiery, masterful and simply superb, Logos dives deep into the waters where flamenco and jazz eddy together to create a whirlpool that’s warm and effervescent.

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius - Logos
Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos

Deliciously vibrant, Logos opens with title track “Logos” and it’s difficult not to get a little breathless as this pair finds a groove that is so finely and tautly drawn. Joined by flamenco percussionist Cepillo, as well as Mr. Nunez’s wife Carmen Cortes and daughter Isabel Nuñez on palmas, Logos travels a road that lushly landscaped, where every turn is yet another stunning overlook with tracks like “Selene,” “Habana” and “Mirlo.”

With the bulk of the composition credits going to Mr. Nuñez, Logos revisits a few of his earlier themes, but the pair collaborates together on flamenco fiery “Fui Piedra” that includes vocals by flamenco singer Cancun.

Mr. Wakenius takes his own composing credit for the breezily elegant “Mirlo.” Fans get other goodies like the rich and savvy “Orfeo,” the dramatic “Liber Pater” and the graceful “Sevilla.” Kudos should definitely go to sound people and studio staff because this is one of those crystal clear recordings where listeners can pick out every nuance and note.

Logos is indeed bright and shiny polished and is very definition of masterful, but it’s not like we’d expect anything different from these consummate guitarists. So, yeah, I see us going an extra fifty miles and beyond with this kind of fuel.

Buy Logos in the Americas

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Guitar Master José Antonio Rodríguez to Present New Album in Madrid

José Antonio Rodríguez
José Antonio Rodríguez

José Antonio Rodríguez, one of the leading guitar players in Spain, will be presenting his new album Adiós Muchachos… (2016) on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Festival Flamenco Madrid 2016. The concert will take place at Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Sala Guirau.

Accompanied by his regular band, José Antonio Rodríguez will perform pieces from the new album as well as earlier works.

Read the CD review: Masterful Guitar Celebration


Masterful Guitar Celebration

José Antonio Rodríguez – dAdiós Muchachos… (2016)

It looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for guitar albums. Some of the finest guitarists in the world have released new recordings. Flamenco guitarist José Antonio Rodríguez is one of the leading players in the genre and he has just released an extraordinary new album titled Adiós Muchachos… It’s an indie production showcasing the talent of José Antonio Rodríguez playing a mix of contemporary and orthodox flamenco pieces.

The 11 compositions on Adiós Muchachos include flamenco tangos, alegrías, bulerías, colombianas and granaínas. Although most of the album is instrumental, José Antonio Rodríguez invited two celebrated vocalists to the studio, José Valencia and Macarena de la Torre. The rest of the band includes Agustín Henke and Agustín Diassera on percussión, Pedro Vinagre on bass and Manuel Montero on guitar.

Special guests include guitar maestro Víctor Monge “Serranito” on the track “El Regalo.”

There is also a piece titled “La fiesta de los locos” that features many of the finest guitarists in Spain: Manolo Sanlucar, “Serranito”, Paco Cepero, Diego Cortes Amaya “Dieguito de Morón”, Domi Serralbo, Dani de Morón, José Quevedo “Bolita”, Jesús Guerrero, Diego del Morao, Manuel Montero, and Chico Gallardo. You can see them all in this music video:

Adiós Muchachos… is an impressive guitar recording. It clearly demonstrates that José Antonio Rodríguez is one of the finest players in today’s flamenco guitar scene. A candidate for best guitar album of 2016.

Buy the digital download version of Adiós Muchachos…

Buy the Adiós Muchachos… CD


Spanish Flamenco Fusion Guitarist Alberto Carrión to Perform in New York


The second concert of the last season of ‘The Flame Series’ will feature Spanish flamenco fusion guitarist Alberto Carrión. The concert will take place next Saturday, May 21st at Cornelia St Café. This performance is produced by World Music Boutique Productions in collaboration with Cornelia St Café and Spain Culture NY (Consulate General of Spain in New York).

‘The Flame’ showcases performances of artists that combine jazz, Flamenco and other forms. Alberto Carrión, based in Toledo, Spain, was born in a small town in the outskirts of Toledo, Spain and began playing guitar at the age of 12 taught by his father who was himself a guitarist.

Homeschooled at first, Alberto soon found the need to expand his musical knowledge and started studying music at local academies and afterwards in Madrid, at the prestigious ‘Ateneo Jazz’.

The last three years of his studies he focused heavily in the study of harmony applied to flamenco. With a very refreshing approach to the flamenco guitar, his compositions reflect all of his musical influences, from Jazz to Latin to pop but, trying to maintain the roots of flamenco but infusing it with ‘a little something extra’.

Alberto Carrión has worked, as a studio musician and as a sideman for live performances, with musicians from all musical genres. Alberto has shown to be a very prolific composer for theater, dance school and TV commercials. His latest album is ‘Poesia en pentagrama’ (‘Poetry on a pentagram’) which brings a soft combination of classical guitar, Latin, Jazz music and Flamenco.

The concert will take place from 6:00-7:30PM at the downstairs of Cornelia St Café, 29 Cornelia St, Greenwich Village, NY. 212 989 9319.


Gualberto & Ricardo Miño plus Ariadna Castellanos to Perform at ‘Flamencos and mestizos’ in Spain

Gualberto & Ricardo Miño
Gualberto & Ricardo Miño

Sitar player Gualberto, flamenco guitarist Ricardo Miño and flamenco pianist Ariadna Castellanos are set to perform today, Thursday, March 17, 2016 as part of the ‘Flamencos and mestizos’. The concert produced by SGAE Foundation will take place at Sala Berlanga in Madrid.

Gualberto García Pérez was a member of Smash, an iconic Spanish rock groups. He’s one of the pioneers of Andalusian rock. His music has evolved over time, absorbing influences from jazz, progressive rock, folk, Indian music, chamber music and flamenco. Along with Ricardo Miño he recorded in 1998, the album Con –Trastes, a perfect dialogue between flamenco guitar and sitar.

Gualberto & Ricardo Miño
Gualberto & Ricardo Miño

Ricardo Miño was born in the heart of Triana (Sevilla). Influenced by flamenco music that permeates the Triana neighborhood atmosphere, at age 12 he was already a professional musician. His gift for guitar led him to travel the world, exporting flamenco to Japan, the Americas and Europe. His work has been recognized with the National Guitar Award Manolo de Huelva.

Ariadna Castellanos - Photo by Jorge Calvo
Ariadna Castellanos – Photo by Jorge Calvo

Ariadna Castellanos is a pianist, composer and one of the emerging figures of flamenco jazz. Her piano approach is unique, mixing flamenco, jazz, electronics and other genres. She has collaborated with flamenco artists like Pepe de Lucía, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell “El Bola” and Niño Josele as well as international stars like Paco de Lucia, Michel Camilo, Alejandro Sanz, Herbie Hancock and Richard Bona, among others.


Flamenco Guitar Master Vicente Amigo to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Vicente Amigo
Vicente Amigo

Composer, producer, and one of the finest guitarists in the world, Vicente Amigo is set to perform at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. This concert is part of his first major tour of the United States.

Amigo won the Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for his album Ciudad de las Ideas (City of Ideas). The guitarist is known for pushing flamenco’s boundaries, venturing into other cultures. His most recent album, Tierra, combines Spanish and Celtic traditions and debuted at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2013.


Vicente Amigo - Ciudad de las Ideas
Vicente Amigo – Ciudad de las Ideas


Vicente Amigo - Tierra
Vicente Amigo – Tierra


I’ve always been interested in mixes,” says Amigo. “We ourselves are products of a mix of our father and our mother, how could we be against it? Besides, one of the wonders in music is that is open-ended, infinite, and in the place you least expect it, you can find something that enriches you as a musician and as a person.”

Amigo’s March 4 concert will focus specifically on flamenco with a few selections from Tierra arranged for Amigo and his fellow musicians: Antonio “Añil” Fernández (second guitar), Francisco “Paquito” González (cajón), Ewen Vernal (bass), and Rafael de Utrera (vocals), along with special guest flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “Choro.”

Amigos’ discography includes De Mi Corazon Al Aire (Sony Music Spain, 1992), Vivencias Imaginadas (Sony Music Spain, 1995), Poeta (Sony, 1997), Ciudad de las Ideas (Europe: BMG Music 74321784952, 2001) / City of Ideas (USA: Windham Hill, 2002), Un Momento En El Sonido (2005), Paseo De Gracia (SonyBMG, 2009), “Vivencias” La Obra Completa de un Genio (2010), and Tierra (2013).

Ticket Information

Tickets, priced $35–$65, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.