Flamenco

Flamenco Andalusia AndaluciaAnd here I am once again to make up for my friends’ absence (not sure whether they’re even alive!). Today I’m going to continue the “around the world” journey Lourenço started (and which I later helped, even more than once) a couple of months ago . My destination will be Spain – more precisely, Andalusia, a Spanish region.

Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in the world, mainly for its water-warm beaches (Marbella, Torremolinos, Cádiz, Tarifa and many other), and to some extent for its ski  resort Sierra Nevada. But Andalusia is more than that! It’s a region of culture mixes – they were Iberian region with more Moorish influence (it was where they settled the longest) and most probably with the highest percentage of Romani people one – but at the same time a mirror of traditional Spanish culture (for example, with the bullfighting.

It was the Romani influence that was in the origin of the style that I’m going to talk about (yeah, after 19283 words I finally get to the point!) – the Flamenco. Well, actually I’m only referring Flamenco, as I know close to nothing about it. But the little I know is totally worth sharing, and hence my post 🙂

As a guitar player, I easily got to know Paco de Lucía, not only the best Flamenco guitar player, but also one of the best guitar players of the world! As so, I think everyone should listen to him at least once in a lifetime. If you do not know him, be prepared to be amazed – his technique is impressive and his style is quite unique. I’ll share with you today his most known (and my favourite) song, Entre dos Aguas, and part of his interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez, a classical masterpiece. Enjoy! 😉

Here you have the studio version.

And to finalize things in a softer way, here you have the beautiful Adagio part of Paco de Lucía Concierto de Aranjuez.

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Jazz across the Pacific Ocean – Hiromi Uehara

Hi,

Today I’ll show you someone that, for me, “is from another world”, in terms of jazz players.

Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979), known as Hiromi, is a jazz composer and pianist born in Hamamatsu, Japan. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of musical genres such as post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions.”

The first video it’s related with herself as a person, and as a musician.

The next two for sure you know them very well, at least the majority…

At last, something that I discovered throw youtube searching:

Until next!!

“Voice (violin)” with Soul

Continuing my previous post here’s another one related, but this time with the violin in the principal role.

The artist is Janine Jansen, dutch violinist, well known in the industry of classical musical around the globe.

The title I’m presenting is from the movie Suskind – Summer 1945.

“The movie – based on a true story directed by Rudolf van den Berg, is about the Jewish resistance hero Walter Suskind. As manager of the Dutch Theatre in Amsterdam, he managed to prevent that hundreds of Jewish children were put on transport to concentration camps.”

Hope you enjoy the music (and the artist too).

Russian composers: Part II

Hello again!

Today we are back to Mother Russia to visit another great composer: Modest Mussorgsky. He was another one of The Five (the other I presented was Rimsky-Korsakov, remember?). He is most known for the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition and the piece for orchestra Night on the Bald Mountain. Both belong to my favourite classical pieces, and I hope you’ll understand why right away.

The latter was never performed during Mussorgsky’s life, with the better known version being an edition by Korsakov (him again, yes). Similar situations happened with both pieces, with Ravel (the guy of the Bolèro) making an orchestral version of Pictures and Konstantin Chernov a piano version of the Bald Mountain. As all 4 versions are amazing, I decided to post here all of them, so yes, this will be another enormous post 😛

I’m usually not very fond of piano solo compositions, but both the original Pictures by the hand of Evgeny Kissin (no introduction necessary, I hope) and this version of Bald Mountain by the amazing Boris Berezovsky are extraordinary.

Just another note: the megalomanic Emerson, Lake & Palmer did a rock version of the whole Pictures at an Exhibition live. You can check it out here (it is pretty good, actually)

Oh, I almost forgot, here’s the customary playlist to anyone patient enough to listen to all this haha!