French flamenco guitar maestro Juan Carmona is widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of the new flamenco generation. Driven by a deep awareness of traditional styles, Carmona offers music that also rewards with remarkable modernity and emotional acuity.
Born in Lyon, France, Carmona was a noted guitar prodigy before moving to Spain to soak up the music of his Andalusian ancestors. The young student studied for nine years with the greatest Spanish masters of the guitar, winning the ultimate winner: the first prize in the Paco de Lucia competition in Madrid.
Four of Carmona’s 11 albums have been nominated for Flamenco Album of the Year by the Latin Grammy Awards. Now he has released his most beautiful and ambitious album to date, Zyriab 6.7.
A tribute to the ninth-century poet-musician Zyriab, a major figure in the history of Arab-Andalusian music, the album retraces Zyriab’s Mediterranean journey, from Iraq to Spain. At each stage of the journey, Carmona invites many artists to join him in recorded performances. The resulting music is globally diverse, as singers, instrumental soloists and ensembles unite the traditional folk music of their region with the exquisite guitar playing of Carmona.
Carmona’s peerless quartet – Sergio Di Finizio on bass, Domingo Patricio on flutes and keyboards, and Isidro Suarez on a range of percussion instruments – perform music from the album, as well as superb earlier versions, at the Kay Meek Arts Center (1700 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver) on Sunday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $50/$47/$29.
For more information, see Kay Meek Art Center.
Post sponsored by BlueShore to CapU.