Gipsy Kings Guitar Duet

I provide Performances of Spanish Guitar Duets in the Gipsy Kings style together with an accompanying guitarist.

We perform at a variety of events such as weddings, private parties, in restaurants and for Spanish themed events.

I discuss our music with each client so that we can provide exactly the kind of musical experience that they would ideally like.

Thus the show can be exclusively Gipsy Kings style duets or these can be interspersed with some softer Flamenco, South American and Spanish Classical Guitar solos.

My accompanying guitarist is a great fan on the Gipsy Kings, has met them on various occasions and has introduced them in concert in the U.K.

Additionally, he very frequently spends time in the South of France at the Gipsy Festival of Saint Marie de La Mer where he is a welcomed and respected guitarist specialising in the Rumba rhythm.

We soon realised that by combining his extensive knowledge of Rumba chord sequences with my solo playing for the melody we could produce music that is fun for us to play and fun for our audience.

We are not however a copy of the Gipsy Kings at all or what is sometimes referred to as a tribute band; that is not our intention at all. Our compositions while being inspired by their energetic exciting style are nonetheless original compositions.

Please contact me if you think this kind of music on its own or together with the other pieces as described above would be appropriate for your event.

Paco de Lucía Remembered

When Paco de Lucía died I knew that I was not going to write something here simply because that is what one does. I decided to wait until I could put something together that would communicate some of the admiration that I have always felt for this master guitarist.

I was still a child when I first heard Paco. I had heard Sabicas, Niño Ricardo, Ramón Montoya, Serranito and Paco Peña when I was sent  to school in Britain. Of course I thought that all of these guitarists were absolutely wonderful and I still do but Paco de Lucía was very different.

Many guitarists around me would talk about his phenomenal technique and especially the speed of his picado and certainly I noticed these things too but when I listened to him I was hearing something quite special. It was as if he was using both his extraordinary technical skill and his relentless torrent of ideas to give life the profound emotions within him.

Even when playing some of the happy flamenco forms that we refer to as cante chico these Paco expressed with a special edge of energy and powerful emotion.

There is no point in me listing a few of his pieces because to me each and every one of his pieces was a spectacular outstanding composition. To me he was a creative genius in the real sense.

Yet with all this skill and all these ideas I found him to be profoundly and genuinely flamenco. People talk about his work with jazz guitarists or his work with orchestras etc. but for me this has never detracted from his flamenco personality. I am not sure if he ever played jazz or jazz fusion as such; perhaps he just had friends who were jazz guitarists and he enjoyed playing with them.

My personal preferences are for his early works. People have often thought quite wrongly that the fact that I do not play any of his pieces must mean that I do not like his music. Nothing could be further from the truth; I listen to his playing all the time. I am much inspired by Paco de Lucía but then I play the style and pieces that are natural to me.

Paco was quite well established when he came to perform at the Teatro Circo in Cartagena, Murcia. The sense of anticipation in the hall was electrifying people knew something big was going to happen and as the start time approached there were short bursts of applause from the pure excitement. If I remember correctly he was accompanied on that occasion by José María Bandera and Juan Manuel Cañizares. Paco was much more relaxed that when I had seen him outside of Spain, even to the extent of making jokes. As I remember he introduced the two guitarists as very good players, good looking and after a pause they have money. So we all laughed because that meant they had it all.

As for the concert itself well he did what he always did: people on their feet crying out for more or as we say in Spanish ” Se armo la marimorena”. He played superlatively, better in my opinion than he had out of Spain, because it felt like he was more free, more at home.

In 1992 I went to the Expo 92 in Sevilla and of course planned it so that I could see the concert by Paco. What an immense joy. Paco, young, handsome, full of energy and smiling, happy enjoying. The atmosphere at Expo 92 was almost impossible to describe. This massive international exposition of countries from all over the world and not in Madrid or Barcelona which of course would have been great but in Sevilla one of the cradles of Flamenco, the capital of Andalucía. As we walked around the exhibitions and met all the people and watched all the performances we were buzzing with a  sense of positive anticipation and celebration of the world and of being Spanish and Andaluz as we walked around. We were ready for a big emotional experience and Paco delivered.

This is how I remember Paco de Lucía. In his prime, full of energy and giving to flamenco a precious gift that will last forever.

 

Gerundino Flamenco Guitar for Sale

I have a Gerundino Flamenco Guitar for Sale.

spanish version

I do not buy and sell guitars but if you feel that you would like to own a Gerundino I may be able to help you.

This guitar is:

Cypress back and sides (blanca)

Spruce face

Machine heads

1996 bought directly from Gerundino at his house in Almería

I have read all the opinions on the Internet from people who seem to have their own agenda. To the very best of my knowledge this guitar which I bought directly from Gerundino is absolutely authentic.

It sounds like a Gerundino, big loud powerful, kind of metalic and woody at the same time with sweet but sharp trebles and growling lamenting basses. You can feel it moving. It has all the signs with the typical Gerundino stamp cut into the back of the head/neck.

Condition: Very good with minor signs of playing

Youtube: if you visit my YouTube page which is linked from my videos page you can see a solo called Colombiana. That is this guitar. The guitar on other videos is different as is the guitar in the sound clips on this site.

Available: collect only from within UK

Price: Enquire

But please be aware that I have no special interest in selling this guitar and the price is quite high. I would respectfully ask you to refrain from enquiring if you are just curious or you wish to buy and sell. I am very sure that I want this Gerundino to go to a good home and to be played by a flamenco guitarist.

 

Flamenco Concert Oxford 4 April 2016

UPDATE

The concert raised £320.00 for the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

The church was full and people responded very enthusiastically to the music as well as to the reason for the concert.

I thank everyone at St. Michael’s in the Northgate for their help with the organisation and presentation of the concert, the sound system and the publicity including the very attractive posters and programmes.

 

This will be a most important flamenco concert for me.

It will be free but all donations will be given to the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team who rescued my younger brother.

The details about the concert are on the Concerts page.

In March 2015 my brother Ventura had a very serious fall in the Ben Nevis mountain in Scotland. Despite being very fit and an experienced and sensible moutain walker as night approached and visibility became difficult he lost his way and fell.

On seeing that he had not returned the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team went out that very same evening  but they could not see anything and had to stop.

The following morning at first light they went out again and this time found my brother. He was in coma, covered in snow, frost bitten and with very serious injuries.

They used a helicopter to air lift him to hospital where he started a long and painful process of recovery.

Now he is recovered from his physical injuries although with regular  medical check- ups. The emotional psychological impact is of course a more complex recovery.

But he is recovering very well in every sense and I believe that this, together of course with the medical attention, is very much due to his positive happy outlook on life.

I was always the creative one staying at home playing the guitar and  he was always the sportsman and adventurer.

My brother Ventura still is forward looking, positive, brave, optimistic and a person who while having  a quiet personality nonetheless loves life to the full.

This concert will be a celebration of my brother Ventura and his wonderful outlook on life.

Of course , it would not have been possible for me to give this concert of celebration had it not been for the work of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and all donations will be sent to them to support them in their continued work of saving lives.

Flamenco Boots Men

Flamenco Boots Men

Make: Senovilla

Size: The boot says 3.5 but in fact it fits British size man 7 or 7.5

Colour: Black like suede or velvet

Condition: Brand new. These have never been worn

Price: £60.00 Such boots cost about £140.00 in a shop

To try them: Contact me and meet me where I travel in Britain which is very extensive