The Great Art of Flamenco|
"A Miracle of Natural Art"
A lone guitarist sits on the stage. Equipped with only six silent strings and
his love and respect for an ancient folklore, he weaves a musical tapestry
recognized the world over as Flamenco - the heartbeat of Spain.
Flamenco is the traditional folk art of Southern Spain, where singing, dancing
and guitar playing are a way of life. It is a distillation of centuries of
cultural influences in Spain, from the religious chants of the Moslems and
Jews to the songs and dance rhythms of the Spanish Gypsies whose ancestral
home was Northern India. The blending of Oriental and Western styles gives
Flamenco music an incredible range of expression.
In the history of Flamenco, guitar solos are of comparatively recent origin.
By the early 1900s the Gypsies had fashioned unwritten guitar music, which
according to the great Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, is One of the
miracles of natural art.
In this concert art form, the guitarist develops variations on themes as well
as spontaneous improvisations within the strict traditional patterns of the
Flamenco songs and dances. The solo artist combines classical guitar
techniques with intricate Flamenco rolls, finger percussion, and syncopated
These distinctive techniques serve to illuminate the authentic mood and
emotions of each palo or song form. Mr. Radford follows the musical wisdom of
the Spanish Gypsies who taught him, One must have the music in his heart
before he can play it on the strings.
The great Mario Escudero said, Flamenco is an unlimited art whose boundaries
can be constantly extended if proper care is taken to preserve the purity of
the styles and rhythms. Flamenco is not a mystery; it is an art. Like all
arts, there are no mysteries which study and dedication will not reveal to
those who love it.
When performed by a master guitarist, this elegant and noble art has a
compelling impact. It is accepted in concert halls around the world because,
like all great art forms, Flamenco evokes those human emotions, from pathos to
joy, shared by all mankind.
Versatile Programming: As you consider booking Ron, remember Flamenco Guitar
can be successfully presented as a fine arts concert, a contemporary program,
or an international folk music or ethnic event.