Juan Martin – Solo
Friday 16 March, 7.30pm, St Endellion Church
The supreme artist of the flamenco guitar, guitarist/composer Juan Martin plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension – melodic beauty and rhythmic passion. ¡Viva el arte!
This evening’s performance will include works recorded partly in small churches in this country for his latest album, and forms part of a solo acoustic tour to intimate performance spaces.
One of the world’s finest flamenco guitarists, Juan Martin’s alchemy of the traditional and modern, mixed with his seductive, fiery and passionate performances, guarantees an evening of excitement and electricity.
Juan performs with a highly distinctive compositional style and stunning virtuosity, formed in his early years and developed through wide experience in Madrid, including direct contact with Paco de Lucia.
Voted one of the top three guitarists in the world (US magazine ‘Guitar Player’), Juan Martín is a native of Andalucía, where he still has a home in Málaga. His original method book ‘El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra’ has opened the complex art of the Flamenco guitar to the whole world and is now considered to be the ‘bible’ of Flamenco guitar method.
Juan has recorded 18 albums. He has performed with many iconic artists including Miles Davis. ‘He has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominance of the guitar, filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity’ (El Mundo).
“Stunning virtuosity and spectacular live shows.” Irish Times
“He seduced us with smouldering Mediterranean passion.” The Guardian
“Juan Martín’s flamenco rhythm energy and passion will pin you to the wall.” Folk Roots
“A giant of the Flamenco guitar tradition.” The Times