I was very pleased to be contracted to play a mixture of Spanish Classical Compositions and Flamenco pieces for a private party held at the Hispania Spanish Restaurant in London.
I had prepared a very varied selection, each piece with its own characteristics and mood.
I imagined that people would like Asturias by Albeniz and Recuerdos de La Alhambra by Tarrega because these are such well known and popular pieces.
However, I was also very pleased that several people recognised and commented on other less well known pieces.
When playing flamenco, I am never entirely sure how it will go because the word flamenco evokes different feelings to different people.
I did not need to have any concerns; these flamenco pieces were also very well received.
There were several Spanish party guests and I thought it very kind of them to take a few minutes to come over and chat and tell me how much they enjoyed my playing; or to be little less modest some of them were very familiar with flamenco guitar playing from attending concerts on Spain and were very complimentary about my playing.
I suppose it is not the humblest thing to repeat that here but I think performers of all fields know that we do need to have feedback, we genuinely value all constructive criticism (provided we are genuine) and of course we are encouraged when people with real knowledge and experience and high expectations give us positive feedback on our work.
The host had explained to me before the event that he had a special affection for South American music and so I was very happy to prepare a few South American pieces whether within the flamenco repertiore or otherwise.
Hispania seems to be a rather up market Spanish restaurant and some very exquisite tapas had been prepared for this event.
One chef had the sole responsibility of cutting and serving Jamon Serrano 5 Jotas which if I am not mistaken is Jabugo Bellota and as such rather spectacular.
One of the perks of being a flamenco guitarist is that waiters bring you plates of Jamon 5 Jotas!
A luxury evening for me playing for a lovely private party at Hispania Restaurant London.