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Morocco’s Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival Reveals 2019 Lineup

Acclaimed Moroccan event Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival 2019 will take place June 20-23. The festival is held in Essawira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.

The festival will feature Gnawa music masters (maâlems) along with Cuban music, Tuareg grooves, Tamil sounds, jazz, flamenco, and reggae.

The lineup includes Osain del Monte (Cuba), Tuareg act Tinariwen (Mali), flamenco artists Maria del Mar Moreno and Jorge Pardo (Spain), Amazigh group Imdiazen, Congolese musician Baloji, and Tamil-British singer Susheela Raman.

The event also includes rising talent such as young maâlem Houssam Gania, Moh! Kouyaté, and Betweenatna.

More at www.festival-gnaoua.net

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Artist Profiles: Jorge Pardo

Jorge Pardo in 2014 – Photo by Manuel Naranjo

Jorge Pardo was born in Madrid in 1955. He started his studies at the Conservatory of Madrid at the age of 14. From very early on in his career he immersed himself in jazz and was one of the founding members of the group Dolores (together with Pedro Ruy-Blas). Today, Jorge is regarded as one of the true leaders of a style of music that fuses flamenco with jazz. In fact, he is among the elite group of jazz figures from Spain with an international following.

Introduced to the world of professional flamenco at the hands of groundbreaking flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, he has acquired a new hybrid language between jazz “de raiz” (“from the roots”) and flamenco.

Jorge Pardo in the late 1980s – Photo by Mario Pacheco

Jorge Pardo’s style and technique on both flute and the sax is blazing new trails in this constantly developing music. In addition to his work in Sexteto by Paco de Lucia, he has collaborated with nearly every major figure in the world of flamenco; his resume includes concerts with Chick Corea and Astrid Gilberto, and Jorge is also a longtime collaborator with flamenco rock bands Ketama and La Barberia del Sur, further exploring the outer reaches of the rhythms of flamenco.

In 2013, Jorge Pardo received the award for Best European Jazz Musician, by the French Academy of Jazz.

In 2016, Pardo released the Djinn Metaflamenco project that delved into the essence of flamenco, takinge it beyond the confines of its current borders. The album featured Hammond organs, keyboards with acid sounds, powerful drums, electric bass and flamenco guitars joined by saxophoness and flutes (sometimes processed) and the contributions of Dj’s and producers working with samples of vintage singing.

In 2017, Djinn Metaflamenco won the Best flamenco album award at the Premios MIN, the elading indepedne t jusic awards in Spain.

Discography:

Jorge Pardo (Blau, 1982)
El Canto De Los Guerreros (Linterna Música, 1983)
A Mi Aire (Nuevos Medios, 1987)
Las Cigarras Son Quizá Sordas (Nuevos Medios, 1991)
10 De Paco, with Chano Domínguez (Nuevos Medios, 1994)
De Dos En Dos (Nuevos Medios, 1995)
2332 (Nuevos Medios, 1997)
Music For Ebbe: Live In San Sebastian (El Delirio, 1999)
El Concierto De Sevilla (Nuevos Medios, 2000)
Directo (Satchmo Jazz Records, 2001)
Mira (Nuevos Medios, 2001)
Bouderbala, with Nass Marrakech and Omar Sosa (World Village, 2001)
Quid Pro Quo (Satchmo Jazz Records, 2003)
Vientos Flamencos (Manantial De Músicas, 2005)
3dd’3 (Quadrant Records, 2006)
Desvaríos (RTVE Música, 2007)
Entre (MusiMagic, 2008)
Sin Precedentes (Nuevos Medios, 2008)
Vientos Flamencos 2 (Flamenco World Music, 2009)
Sobre la Marcha (CQuadrant Records, 2011)
Huellas (Cabra Road, 2012)
Puerta Del Sol (Nuba Records, 2013)
Historias de Radha y Krishna (Fol Música, 2014)
Djinn (Karonte, 2016)

DVD

Live At The Auditori Pau Casals, El Vendrell (Quadrant Records Q00002V 2007

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Jorge Pardo Releases Djinn

Jorge Pardo
Jorge Pardo

Spanish jazz, flamenco and world music saxophonist and flutist Jorge Pardo has a new album titled Djinn.

Djinn combines jazz grooves, electronic beats and flamenco. Pardo uses acid Hammond organ, powerful drums, electric bass and flamenco guitar along with guest DJs from the world of electronic music.

Jorge Pardo - Djinn
Jorge Pardo – Djinn

Jorge Pardo was a member of pioneering Spanish salsa and Latin jazz band Dolores. He later worked with flamenco legends Paco de Lucia and Camarón. His essential albums include Vientos Flamencos, 10 de Paco, Huellas, and Historias de Radha y Krishna.

Jorge Pardo will be touring Spain to promote the new album. The next concerts will take place Friday, October 28 at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and Saturday, October 29 at Sala Malandar in Sevilla.

Buy the digital version of Djinn.

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Songs of Exultation and sorrow through the Flamenco Prism

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina – De Cerca (Universal Music Spain, 2016)

Flamenco meets jazz in this intimate collaboration between flamenco guitarist Josemi Carmona and jazz bassist Javier Colina. They are joined by Bandolero on percussion and palmas (Flamenco handclap percussion).

Ever since Carles Benavent adapted the bass to flamenco, Spain has produced a series of excellent bassists with a jazz background who adapt perfectly to flamenco. Javier Colina is one of these musicians. Former Ketama guitarist Josemi Carmona provides his own flamenco compositions, including alegrías, seductive tangos and a granaina.

In addition to flamenco and jazz, the musicians venture into the sounds of Latin America, incorporating versions of boleros and salsa songs. Wind instrument master and regular flamenco collaborator Jorge Pardo appears as guest on flute on “El incomprendido” (the misunderstood), a tribute to the late flamenco rumba star Antonio González, “El Pescaílla.”

Even though the majority of the album is instrumental, Spanish soul vocalist Amparo Velasco “La Negra” participates in the classic bittersweet bolero “Verdad amarga” written by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.

Carmona and Colina define De Cerca as an album directed to the heart featuring music that tell stories of joy and heartbreak.

Josemi Carmona was born in Madrid in 1971 within a family of flamenco artists (his father is famed guitarist Pepe Habichuela). He was one of the founders of the groundbreaking flamenco fusion band Ketama. After playing with Ketama for twenty years he worked with artists as diverse as Paco de Lucía, Miguel Bosé, Alejandro Sanz and Rosario. Josemi recorded an earlier flamenco guitar-jazz bass duet album titled “Sumando“, with bassist Carles Benavent.

Javier Colina was born in Pamplona in 1960. He has performed jazz and flamenco and participated in the iconic album “Lágrimas negras” by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés and flamenco vocalist Diego “El Cigala.”

De Cerca is an excellent collaboration by two of the finest musicians in the world of flamenco fusion.

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