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Listings for September 15th, 2008

APPEARING ON Monday, September 15th, 2008

Juan Martin

Tickets £14


The Spanish paper El Mundo said of him he has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominance of the guitar, filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity. He has performed at major International Arts Festivals including Edinburgh, Ludwigsburg, Montreux Jazz ú solo in 1985 and with Herbie Hancock in 1987, Istanbul and Hong Kong as well as at leading halls worldwide. He has broadcast on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Spanish RTE and German ZDF television and in the US for CNN. His solo performance of a rumba La Fería brought the Royal Albert Hall to its feet during BBC TV©ˆs Joy to the World. At the Wigmore Hall he appeared with the Nash Ensemble to celebrate Falla©ˆs anniversary and his collaborations have included a CD of his compositions with film composer Mark Isham called Painter in Sound.

He was the first flamenco artist to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and reviews of his solo compositions on The Andalucian Suites and Luna Negra have compared him to the great Spanish composers Tárrega and Turina. His interest in the Moorish roots of flamenco have led him to record Musica Alhambra and rediscover Andalusí and Sephardic music from the 12th and 13th centuries no longer performed in Spain: Martín spans the centuries with a mixture of the dazzling and the profound. The Observer. He followed on with Arte Flamenco Puro a recording of the cante, dance and guitar in its purest form and his latest CD recorded in Andalucía contains his best compositions to date with an alchemy of the traditional and modern making him truly El Alquimista ú Flamenco for a new era.


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