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Cordoba Guitar Festival Announces 2018 Courses and Master Classes

Acclaimed international guitar event Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will offer twelve courses and two master classes in 2018.

The festival includes concerts by some of the world’s finest guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo and Pat Metheny. Additionally, the festival regularly features workshops and master classes I the areas of flamenco, classical music and jazz.

Classical guitar

Prestigious Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer returns to Córdoba to teach a classical guitar course on styles and articulation. It will be on July 6 and 7.

During July 6-8, the festival welcomes Polish renowned musician Marcin Dylla, who will work with his students on different and effective techniques to improve the interpretation.

Manuel Barrueco will offer an interpretation course on July 9 and 10; while David Russell will teach his technical workshop on July 10 and 11.

Paraguayan Berta Rojas will lead the final classical guitar educational program on July 12 and 13 with a course on the work of Barrios and Lauro, the classical guitar in Latin American music.

Flamenco guitar

The flamenco guitar is the other great pillar of the training program. On this occasion, four of the most prestigious masters of the national and international scene will assemble in Cordoba. The series begins with Juan Manuel Cañizares, who will teach a workshop of flamenco guitar technical exercises to develop improvisation from July 5 to 7.

Maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will lead a course July 8-10 dedicated to the flamenco concert guitar.

Meanwhile, Paco Jarana will conduct a workshop July 8-9 dedicated to flamenco guitar accompaniment.

Legendary guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will present his traditional flamenco guitar course which he has called “Architecture and pillars of flamenco.”

Flamenco Dance

Each year, the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba reserves a section of its formative program to flamenco dancing. On this occasion, the instructors will be María Pagés, Eva Yerbabuena and Javier Latorre, who will teach their classes at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

Master classes

Finally, the 38th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will host two master classes. The first will feature jazz guitarist Mike Stern as the protagonist and will be held on July 9 at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

The second master class will take place on July 13 at the Góngora Theater, led by prestigious Brazilian guitarist João Bosco. Attendance at these master classes includes free admission to their respective concerts.

More information about the concerts, workshops, and discounts for students at www.guitarracordoba.es


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


Robert Browning Associates Announces Winter/Spring 2018 World Music Shows in New York City

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Renowned world music presenter Robert Browning has announced the artists that are scheduled to perform in New York City during the winter/spring 2018 season.

The 2018 winter/spring program includes guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire Paolo Angeli, who mixes jazz and other genres with the music of his native Sardinia (Jan 26); masterful flamenco with guitar virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez, who will be making his first New York appearance since 2010 (Mar 3); the fiery Gypsy flamenco vocalist Antonio Montoya presenting Versos olvidados (Forgotten Verses), a tribute to the women poets of the Generation of 1927 (Mar 16).

Also scheduled: ‘ud (lute) and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Qantara, and the Qantara Berklee Ensemble performing a remarkable program of Arab film music (Mar 17); two celebrated artists, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora (harp-lute) player Seckou Keita, combining jazz, Latin and African influences (Mar 22).

The great multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, a brilliant interpreter of Sufi, folk and contemporary music of the Middle East (Apr 14); and the Fourth Annual A World in Trance Festival featuring the music of Afghanistan with Homayoun Sakhi, the outstanding Afghan rubab (lute) player of his generation (Apr 27); the music of India with Ustad Shahid Parvez, one of the world’s leading sitarists (Apr 28); and spiritual and mystical Persian classical music with virtuoso Hossein Omoumi, one of the leading Persian ney (flute) players (Apr 29).

Fri Jan 26, 8:30pm, Zankel Hall – Sardinia’s Paolo Angeli, vocals & guitar***

Sat Mar 3, 8:00pm, Roulette – Flamenco Festival: José Antonio Rodríguez, Flamenco Guitar Maestro**

Fri Mar 16, 8:00pm, Roulette – Flamenco Festival – Flamenco Eñe: Angelita Montoya, Versos Olvidados (Forgotten Verses): A Tribute to Women Poets**

Sat Mar 17, 8:00pm, Roulette – Musical Gems of the Arab Cinema: Simon Shaheen & Qantara with guest group Qantara Berklee Ensemble *

Thur Mar 22, 8:00pm, Roulette – Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: “Transparent Water”

Sat Apr 14, 8:30pm, Zankel Hall- Sufi, Folk & Contemporary Music of Turkey & the Middle East: Omar Faruk Tekbilek***

Fri Apr 27-Sun Apr 29 Roulette – 4th Annual A World in Trance Festival

Fri Apr 27, 8:00pm, Roulette – A World in Trance – Afghanistan: Homayoun Sakhi*

Sat Apr 28, 8:00pm, Roulette – A World in Trance – India: Ustad Shahid Parvez*

Sun Apr 29, 7:00pm, Roulette – A World in Trance – Persia: Hossein Omoumi*

*Presented by Robert Browning Associates with Lotus Music & Dance
**Presented by Robert Browning Associates in partnership with Flamenco Festival
***Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates

More at www.robertbrowningassociates.com


Artist Profiles: Jose Antonio Rodríguez

Jose Antonio Rodríguez

Jose Antonio Rodríguez was born in Córdoba on March 28th, 1964. In 1981 he won the First Prize for Flamenco Guitar Concert, at the XXI Festival de Cante de las Minas de la Unión.

In 1982 Rodriguez won First Prize for Flamenco Guitar Concert at the XI National Contest of Flamenco Guitar in Jerez de la Frontera.

In 1984 he obtained the Official title of Flamenco Guitar teacher at the High Conservatory of Music in Córdoba. At the age of 20, he was the youngest guitar teacher of flamenco.

1986 – National Prize “Ramón Montoya” for Flamenco Guitar Concert at the XI National Contest of Flamenco Art in Córdoba. The same year he was elected member of Fundación Societat i Cultura “Live Music now” as a guitar player. His premiere in Madrid, at Centro Cultural de la Villa, was a great success, where many influenwriters, musciians and actors were present.

1987 – Premiere of his work “Guajira Para Guitarra Flamenca y Orquesta” within the extraordinary concerts on the occasion of “Andalucía Day”.

1988 – Intensive period of concerts in Europe and America. That same year he composed the music for the work “Tiempo De Amor y Muerte” for its premiere in Sevilla, with choreography of Mario Maya. He has two solo CDs interpreting his own compositions, “Calahorra” and “Callejon De Las Flores”. Some of his compositions are included in CDs released in Europe, such as his “Valls Flamenco” released by Ex Libris Digital Recording.

1990 – Premiere of his ambitious concert for flamenco guitar “Viento De Libertad”, that featured orchestral arrangements by Joan Albert Amargós.

1992 – The Bienal de Arte Flamenco “Ciudad de Sevilla” asked him to arrange the composition, orchestration and musical management of the show “Tango”. He took part in the recording of “Sevilla Es Asi” for the inauguration of EXPO 92 in Sevilla.

1993 – He took part in the soundtrack of the film “La Lola Se Va A Los Puertos”, starring Rocío Jurado.

1994 – He composed “Requiem”, together with Joan Albert Amargós and choreography by Mario Maya, for the world premiere of the Compañía Andaluza De Danza. He also participated in the performance of the show “A Oscuras” together with Enrique Morente and Esperanza Fernández.

1995 – He toured with the Cultural Series “Conocer el Flamenco” along with Manolo Sanlúcar.

He took part in the “Flamenco” film by Carlos Saura. He also participated in the new mixing of the recording “Nochebuena Gitana” accompanying Camarón and Paco de Lucía.

He composed the original music of the work “Retratos En La Memoria” with choreography of Ramón Oller, whose premiere was at the Festival Internacional de Danza in Sevilla.

1996 – Premiere of the new orchestration of “Viento De Libertad” conducted by Joan Albert Amargós.

1997 – He composed the work “El Jaleo” by request of Centro Andaluz De Danza with choreography by María Pages and Fernando Romero.

1998 – Premiere of his recording work “Manhattan De La Frontera” at Bienal De Arte Flamenco De Sevilla.

In 2016 he released an independently produced album titled Adiós Muchachos (2016). It features many guests, including one track where he invited some of the finest guitarists in Spain.


* Calahorra (1984)
* Callejón De Las Flores (1988)
* Manhattan De La Frontera (1999)
* La Leyenda (2003)
* Córdoba… en el tiempo (2007)
* Anartista (2012)
* Adios Muchachos (2016)

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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