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Spanish Guitarist Surrey (BJ) ID366

Styles Classical / Spanish • Latin • Pop Instrumental

Counties Bedfordshire • Berkshire • Buckinghamshire • Cambridgeshire • East Sussex • Essex • Greater London • Hampshire • Hertfordshire • Kent • Northamptonshire • Surrey • West Sussex

Biography

Performing since 2001, he is a young guitarist currently receiving glowing reviews for his performances which encompass and evoke elements of contemporary, world and flamenco music.

He has spent the last five years forging his own guitar technique and method of playing. He performs original material alongside fresh interpretations of traditional flamenco, classical and pop favourites. - The style of his compositions looks towards such contemporary icons as Dominic Miller, Juan Martin, Michael Hedges, Antonio Forcione and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

He began playing guitar at the age of eight and with inspiration began writing original material (lyrics and music) from a relatively early age of 15. He first began learning to play in the styles of blues and rock however the one resounding call came from the acoustic and flamenco sound of the guitar which he first saw played on the streets of Andalucia aged 6. He later went on to become a student at the Academy of Contemporary Music where he was taught by the late Celtic and classical guitarist Eric Roche, during this time he also met and studied with Sardinian Guitarist Giorgio Serci who introduced him to the techniques of the Gypsy guitarists of Spain, these new avenues where absorbed and used to forge his own unique spin on the playing of guitar leading to an ever evolving fusion of Latin and Mediterranean influenced styles amongst world music, played with the very latest contemporary techniques.

Having launched himself as a soloist in the summer of 2005, he has found himself playing in venues across the south of England with residencies in London and Surrey, culminating in a solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2006 alongside the release of his debut album 'Oceano' which features both CD and an accompanying live DVD to give a visual experience into his unique playing style.

Recommendations
"Both Richard and I really appreciate that you turned up on time, set up without any fuss and then played the most wonderful music. It was just beautiful and we could have listened to it all evening. It really did set the tone of the event - so thank you a thousand times. We have received so many thank you cards for the event and they have all mentioned the music that you played. "
Wedding of Margaret and Richard Agar

"Absolutely Terrific!"
Henry Kelly - Presenter Classic FM and BBC Radio

"A simply breath-taking solo guitarist"
DV8 Magazine

"It is a case of a sound being worth a thousand words"
Theatre Arts Review - The Surrey Advertiser

SAMPLE REPERTOIRE

Classical Themes
Love Theme from The Godfather - Rota
The Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
Cafι des Amis – Johnston
Tears in the Rain – Satriani
Romanza – Myers
Leyanda – Albeniz
Bridal March/Chorus – Wagner
Bridal March - Mendelssohn
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Clair de Lune – Debussy
March from the Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
Caprice – N Paganini
Ciribiribin – Pestalozza
Farewell to the Piano – Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
Nocturne – Chopin
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Over The Waves - Rosas
Sonata in A – Mozart
To A Wild Rose – MacDowell
Surprise Symphony – Hayden

Latin/Flamenco/World
Bulerias – Trad Gypsy style
Tarantas –Traditional flamenco from Almeria
Casino – Rumba Flamenco
Granainas - Traditional flamenco from Grenada
Alhambra – Mediterranean/Arabic Antonio Forcione
Rumba in D – Rumba Flamenco
Malaguena - Tarrega
Bulerias el Diego del Gastor
Mia Rumba - Rumba Flamenco
Oceano – Contemporary Acoustic
Fahrenheit 55 – Jazz/Latin
Solo Cubana - Rumba Flamenco
Connections - Celtic
Waterfall - Celtic
Tango in Gm – Cuba Libra – Latin
Drink To The Gods – Latin
Cuba Libra – Latin

Classic Pop Songs & Ballads
Cant Buy Me Love - Beatles
All You Need is Love - Beatles
Hey Jude – Beatles
A Day in the Life – Beatles
And I Love Her – Beatles
Lady Madonna – Beatles
Let It Be – Beatles
Something – Beatles
Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Yesterday - Beatles
Imagine – John Lennon
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Theme from Film 98 - Unknown
Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
The Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Endless Love – Lionel Richie
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Elton John/Bernie Taupin
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Light My Fire – The Doors
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Every Breath You Take – Sting
Shape Of My Heart – Sting
Everything I Do (Theme from Robin Hood) – Bryan Adams
Taking My Time – Jazz Standard
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic Theme) – Celine Dion
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Can’t Help Falling in Love – George Weiss (UB40)
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Moon River – Henry Mancini
My Favourite Things – Rogers & Hammerstein
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Close To You – The Carpenters
No Matter What – Whistle Down The Wind (Lloyd Webber)
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

New Pop/Rock & Indie
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Wonderwall – Oasis
Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Zephyr Song - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
I could Have Lied - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Otherside - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Speed Of Sound – Coldplay
Clocks – Coldplay
The Scientist - Coldplay
Sex on Fire – Kings Of Leon
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Echo – Incubus
Mexico – Incubus
Drive - Incubus
Theme to Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Come as You Are – Nirvama
Dumb – Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Mad World – Tears For Fears
Theme from Seven Days – Craig David
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Gypsy Kings Themes & Medley
Duende
Faena
Bamboleo Volare
Bem Bem Maria
Baile Me
Pida Me La
Oy
a mi manera
Un amor
Allegria

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