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Artist Profiles: Manolo Sanlúcar

Manolo Sanlúcar

Manolo Sanlúcar, guitarist and composer, was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), a town by the seashore, where the Guadalquivir River ‘says farewell’ to Andalusia.

Initiated by his father “el tocador” (the guitar player) Isidro Muñoz, Manolo learned to passionately love the guitar. Very quickly, he assimilated its art and perfected it to the extent of becoming one of the best performers of the present time.

At the age of 12, he made his debut as a professional, and at the age of 18, putting aside the fashionable flamenco, he began to investigate and shape his unique conception and interpretation of flamenco music, gradually reinforcing himself, not only as a privileged instrumentalist, but also as a composer. A musician from the sensitive and lively people, faithful to the cultural heritage and to the precise call of the contemporary.

Manolo Sanlúcar belongs to that small group or artists upon which nobody doubts when coming to acknowledge their talent. Gifted with an exceptional musicality and a technique out of the ordinary, each of his recitals becomes a superb lesson in guitar, expertise and art.

His astonishing technique, which never loses contact with improvisation and the direct spiritual communication with flamenco style, doesn’t make of virtuosity a goal in itself, but praises it to convey deep emotional qualities.

“Trebujena”, guitar and orchestra concert in RE MAJOR, opened a new door to flamenco in the path of classical music and set up a full composite revelation, starting from the flamenco roots.

His “Medea”, composed for the Spanish National Ballet, was performed all over the world gathering success.

“Tauromagia”, is a musical journey that the composer undertook through the world of bullfighting. Themes where guitars and voices (a choir of strings, metals and percussion) keep threshing, note by note, the history of the art of the fighting, from the birth of the bull in the meadow (‘Nacencia’) to the triumphal appearance of the bullfighter through the big door (‘Prince’s Gate’), follow harmoniously linked the moments of hope, fear, happiness, death and glory that come into the fiesta.

On May 20th, 1992, he premierd in Malaga his symphonic poem “Aljibe”, a flamenco symphony for guitar, symphonic orchestra, male and female voices and percussion. The concert was with the Orquesta Ciudad de Málaga, conducted by Enrique García Asensio.

Manolo was the Musical Director of the film “Sevillanas” by Carlos Saura.

By request of the Malaga University, he composesd and performed the soundtrack of the “La Enciclopedia Electrónica de Andalucia”, presented at the pavilion of Andalusia at the Expo 92.

He is the composer of the Japanese documentary soundtrack about the Romería del Rocío, titled “Viva la Blanca Paloma”. The music was recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Manolo Sanlúcar himself.

In November 1997 he was nominated as a member of the Real Academia Provincial de Bellas Artes de Cádiz.

Discography:

Recital Flamenco (Marfer, 1969)
Inspiraciones (Vergara, 1970)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca Vol. 1 (CBS, 1971)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca Vol. 2 (CBS, 1973)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca. Volumen 3 (CBS, 1973)
Sanlucar (CBS, 1975)
King Of Flamenco Guitar (Columbia Masterworks, 1975)
Sentimiento (CBS, 1976)
Fantasia Para Guitarra y Orquesta (RCA Victor, 1978)
Y Regresarte (A Miguel Hernández) (RCA Victor, 1978)
Guitarras Flamencas/ Bailes Flamencos (Marfer, 1978)
Manolo Sanlúcar En Japon (RCA Victor, 1979)
Candela (RCA Victor, 1980)
Azahares (RCA Victor, 1981)
Al Viento (Polydor, 1982)
Tauromagia (Polydor, 1988)
Locura De Brisa y Trino (Mercury, 2000)

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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

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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

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