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Vicente Amigo

Posted on 15 October 2010 by Kavselj

Vicente Amigo is one of the most important and progressive artists in modern Flamenco and also a very influential guitar player. Among his successes in music field the thing that stands out the most is probably winning a Latin Grammy but he also received many other prestigious flamenco awards. His main influences were logically Paco de Lucia and his long-time mentor Manolo Sanlucar.

The concert in Open Air Theater Krizanke was a special privilege for Slovenian audience since he is not touring much this summer. It was quite normal that it was almost exclusively in line with his current album Paseo de Grazia (Walking Grace) but also preforming few songs from Un momento en el sonido (A Moment in Sound). Paseo de Grazia is special album in Vicentes discography featuring many collaborations and guests and as such it evoked many different critics. Even if it might be a small step outside his combination of tradition and innovation, this time this is a step that is good for us.

Concert started with only Vicente on stage (and unfortunately a bit loud traffic outside the theater). His opening song was a beautiful piece from Un Momento en el sonido ‘Mezquita’. Start was slow and lyrical and it made nice grounds for special experience. Interpretation was fabulous and playing impeccable.

At the end of the song the band came to the stage and show continued more diverse with two percussionists, bass player, guitar player and singer. Crowd was a bit reserved at the start and Vicente was still catching the right relationship with us. But incredible music inevitable led to this unique bond. As there is a lot of singing (free and rhythmic) on new album this was also very present at this show, creating many special moments. For me the highlight of the night was incredible interpretation of Autorretrato. Sound of the flamenco cante is always very expressive and singer didn’t hold any horses down. Even if in a moment or two it was rather high for him, its the one to cry to…

Musicians were enjoying themselves as they also demonstrated ‘amateurish’ flamenco dancing in the end. They were a bit shy, but it was all in the line of intimate and sweet atmosphere. Really nice spontaneous gesture for the audience. The concert quickly passed with lovely boleros, rumbas, tangos from new album and even though it wasn’t so crowded, the beautiful atmosphere led to four bises and concert ending with ‘Demipati’ from Un momento en el sonido. If they are near you sometimes its highly recommended concert as I am quite sure its always special experience.

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