DIEGO GUERRERO Y EL SOLAR FLAMENCO
LINEUP DIEGO GUERRERO: Voice, Musical Director NASRINE RAHMANI: Percussion NAIKE PONCE: Flamenco Voice JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ “PETETE”: Flamenco Guitar JOSE RUIZ “BANDOLERO”: Flamenco Cajón FELIX ESTEVEZ: Piano DANY NOEL: Bass, Voice
PROGRAM “CANASTERA” de Camarón de la Isla
“MALOS TIEMPOS” A message to those who try to dominate the world, on behalf of those who won´t let them
“CAMINO DE PIEDRAS” A message on behalf of my generation: No house, no job, no pension, NO FEAR.
“ME GUSTAN TUS OJOS” An uplifiting rumba flamenca
“ARROZ A LA CUBANA” A dialogue between Cuban rumba and rumba flamenca
“BULERÍAS PROTOTÍPICAS” My facet as an arranger, in bulerías
“A FARINA” A copla that evokes one of the greats: Rafael Farina
A gorgeous ballad by one of my favourite singers and good friends: Alex Oliveira
“UNCLE JERRY” A little Camarón , a little John Coltrane, a little Pancho Quinto, and a lot of “my uncle Jerry” (Jerry González)
“His voice sounds like Ibrahim (Ferrer), but flamenco. And that girl on the percussion is dangerous!” Diego “El Cigala”
Every now and then, an artist appears, bringing something truly different, and its not something learnt, its something lived. Born in Andalusia, and now residing in Madrid, singer, arranger and composer Diego Guerrero is capable of bearing a group of artists beyond mere collaboration into the realm of co-existence. Directed and arranged by a ground breaking, mastermind young innovator, El Solar Flamenco unites an elite selection of Flamenco musicians residing in Spain. Diego’s background as an arranger, combined with his upbringing amongst flamenco culture, promises audiences a live show with unexpected impact and musical depth. Emotive flamenco voices and guitar are contrasted by a lively percussion rich rhythm section. You will find his risk taking orchestrations an elegant interpretation of the genres of, bulería, tango, copla and rumba flamenca. Diego became recognised by the musical elite of the Spanish circuit in 2004 when he earned the title of arranger and director of the first Flamenco Big Band. Legendary percussionist Rubem Dantas (from the Paco de Lucia Septet) invited Diego to orchestrate pieces such as “Zyriab” and “Potro de Rabia y Miel” for an all star big band line-up featuring Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Jerry Gonzalez, Caramelo de Cuba amongst others. It was a critical moment in Diego’s career marking him as a key player in the future of the Spanish music platform.
Diego’s fusion project “El Solar de Artistas” was born strong. At their humble debut at the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada in July 2010 the venue Los Palacios de los Córdova was overwhelmed with spectators and the festival quickly adapted the 200-capaity space to accommodate a crowd of 600 before closing the doors and leaving people in the street. He went on to complete two sold out tours to Australia followed by a national tour in Spain, presenting this new project for the first time to his hometown audience who received him in the Grand Teatro in another sold out show with encores and standing applauses. 2011 was an even greater year for this revolutionary artist, thanks to his collaboration on the album “Huellas” by flamenco flute player Jorge Pardo and the premiere of the new show “Sefarad” in the prestigious Suma Flamenca festival of Madrid. Designed and arranged by Diego, Sefarad is a live collaboration between Diego and the world famous Israeli pop singer Idan Raichel. Amongst other sold out shows were the Masala festival in Germany and the Noche en Blanco in Málaga with Jerry Gonzalez (Calle 54, Forte Apache) as a special guest. The summer of 2011 saw the debut of Diego’s new horn section Los Vientos del Solar on the European festival circuit. Guerrero made main stage appearances featuring guest artists Jorge Pardo y Jerry Gonzalez at the Foro Iberamericano de la Rábida and Etnosur. The new enhanced lineup was hand selected to represent Andalucía before an audience of world music festival bookers at Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic in September and again at WOMEX in Copenhaguen. Between festivals in South Korea, Italy, Denmark and Spain, Diego had a big year in 2011.
2012 started on a high note with Diego’s fourth tour to Australia. Highlights included performances at the world renowned WOMADelaide festival in Adelaide as well as prestigious theatres in Sydney and Melbourne(City Recital Hall Angel Place and Melbourne Recital Centre), as well as the WOMAD festival in the breathtaking Taranaki province of New Zealand. His return to Spain landed him the title of musical producer for the new record label “Oido Records” where he will be recording and producing albums of well known flamenco artists such as “El Niño Miguel”, “La Nitra” and “Los Mellis”. Summer kicked off on a high note with “El Solar Flamenco” performing at the renowned “Noche Blanca del Flamenco” in Cordoba amongst other important artists such as Tomatito, Duquende, La Susi, Pepe de Lucía and Kiko Veneno. Diego is currently recording his new album to be titled "Porque vamos lejos" which is anticipated for release in late April of 2013. He is calling upon the forces of a selection of the finest musicians he has shared the stage with since the birth of his project and will inlude collaborations with guest musicians from not only spain but Europe, Australia and USA.
TESTIMONIALS “GUERRERO LEFT MOUTHS WIDE OPEN, EVEN THE INFIDELS, NOT JUST THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR MUSIC THAT IS FRESH, FURIOUS, FIGHTING AND BLOODY.” El País, Spain.
“YOU ARE THE QUINCEY JONES OF FLAMENCO.” Juan José Suárez “El Paquete”
“SOME MUSIC PULLS ON YOUR EMOTIONS LIKE A DOLL BY A PUPPETEER’S HAND, AND DIEGO GUERRERO HAS A WAY WITH STRINGS.” BMI Magazine, Canberra.
“DESPITE HIS YOUTH, GUERREROS VOICE IS FLECKED WITH THE GRAINY EXPRESSIVENESS THAT CHARACTERISES AUTHENTIC FLAMENCO SINGING. THE FINAL NUMBER OF THE NIGHT - A FASCINATING LATIN – FLAMENCO HYBRID THAT REFERENCED JOHN COLTRANE’S RESOLUTION BEFORE DISSOLVING INTO A CUBAN RUMBA.” The Age, Melbourne.
“THE YOUNG SPANISH SINGER HAS CREATED A GENUINE – AND ALLURING – MUSICAL HYBRID: EQUAL PARTS FLAMENCO, CONTEMPORARY JAZZ AND AFRO-CUBAN RHYTHMS. HIS VOCAL APPROACH FUSED ELEMENTS OF ALL THREE GENRES (THE GRAINY ULULATIONS OF FLAMENCO, THE IMPROVISATORY FLAIR OF JAZZ AND THE IRREPRESSIBLE SPIRIT OF CUBAN RUMBA AND SALSA), WHILE HIS SUPERB BAND CONCOCTED MUSICAL BACKDROPS THAT RANGED FROM SUPER-SLEEK TO RAW AND RHYTHMICALLY CHARGED.” The Age, Melbourne.
RECENT PERFORMANCES 2012 GENT FESTIVAL. Belgium. LA NOCHE BLANCA DEL FLAMENCO. Cordoba. CAFÉ BERLÍN. Madrid. CITY RECITAL HALL, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia. MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, Australia. WOMADELAIDE, Australia. WOMAD, New Zealand.
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 FESTIVAL DE MÚSICA Y DANZA, FEX, Granada, Spain. (Sold Out)
HIGHLIGHTS 2011 WOMEX, Copenhaguen. SONDRIO FESTIVAL, Italy. JEONJU INTERNATIONAL SORI FESTIVAL, South Korea.
MERCAT DE MUSICA VIVA DE VIC, Spain. FORO IBEROAMERICANO DE LA RÁBIDA, Spain. ETNOSUR FESTIVAL, Spain. SUMA FLAMENCA, Madrid, Spain. (Sold Out) LA NOCHE EN BLANCO, Malaga, Spain (Sold Out) MASALA FESTIVAL, Germany. (Sold Out) GRAN TEATRO DE HUELVA, Spain. (Sold Out)
VILLANUEVA DE LOS CASTILLEJOS FESTIVAL, Huelva, Spain.
EL MOSQUITO, Punta Umbria, Spain. DARLING HARBOUR FIESTA, Sydney, Australia.
GLOBAL CARNIVAL, Bellingen, Australia. GLOBAL GROOVES FESTIVAL, Mackay, Australia.
KINGSTON ARTS CENTRE, Melbourne, Australia. (Sold Out)
THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST, (Full House), Gold Coast, Australia.
THE BOITE SINGERS FESTIVAL, (Record Workshop attendance), Dayelsford, Australia.
BENNETTS LANE, Melbourne, Australia. (Sold Out)
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, (Full House), Canberra, Australia.
BROOKFIELDS, (Full House), Hobart, Australia.
CERVANTES INSTITUTE, (Full House), Sydney, Australia.
BACKLINE 1 x Yamaha 90SX keyboard on stand with sustain pedal, music stand and stool. 1 x complete Pearl Masters drumset with 20 inch Kick drum, 14” Snare, 10” rack tom, 14” floor tom, and full set of Zildjian “Avedis” cymbals. 13” Hihat, 16” crash, 10” splash, 21” ride, 14” China. 1 x Markbass Electric Bass amplifier 1 x acoustic upright bass (double bass) 3 x LP Classic or Giovanni series Congas (Quinto, 11inch, Conga 11-3/4 inch, Tumbadora 12-1/2 inch). 1 x set of LP Classic or Giovanni series bongos on stand. 1 x Zildjian Crash 16 inch cymbal on stand
ROOM LIST (7 rooms with breakfast and internet access included) 1. Diego Guerrero & Nasrine Rahmani: Double/Married Couple 2. Dany Noel: Individual 3. Felix Estevez: Individual 4. Bandolero: Individual 5. Naike Ponce: Individual 6. Jose Fernandez “Petete”: Individual 7. Ismael Molina: Individual
CATERING RIDER DINNER/LUNCH A variety of hot foods for Non-Vegetarian (7 people) and Vegetarian: 1 person
DRESSING ROOM REFRESHMENTS Fruit platters, Sushi, cheese and biscuits, sweets. Bottled water, orange juice, pineapple juice, green tea, black tea, coffee, Coca cola, beer, red wine, Johnnie Walker whiskey, Havana Club rum, ice.
OTHER DRESSING ROOM REQUIREMENTS Dressing room configurations: 1 // Diego Guerrero and Nasrine Rahmani 2 // Naike Ponce 3 // Dany Noel, Feliz Estevez, Bandolero, Jose Fernandez Cortes, Ismael Molina Please provide lockable dressing rooms with toilets, showers, towels, mirrors, ironing board and iron.
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