Juan Martin Flamenco Ensemble8pm, FridayOctober 12th '07Kay Meek CentreWest Vancouver
1700 Mathers Av. West Vancouver
A truly awe-inspiring guitarist, Juan Martin is a composer and all encompassing musician. His musical works range from solo compositions and dance accompaniment to collaborations with instrumentalists from various continents. He has recorded a total of 14 albums to date and has performed with musicians as diverse as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. This encapsulates the success of his music; in containing an alchemy of the traditional and progressively modern, he truly represents 'El Alquimista' - flamenco for a new era. Martin's ensemble is at the vanguard of modern flamenco, with a unique style of music that succeeds in embracing classical, jazz and modern harmonies while upholding the great flamenco tradition. The sustained interplay and improvisation between the flute/sax, percussion and guitar creates an explosion of energy and passion that finds expression through raw and dazzling displays of dance. This is contrasted with the yearning 14th century Sephardic songs from Granada performed with guitar and clarinet. This is going to be an exhilarating night of flamenco music, percussion and dance.