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Vicente Amigo

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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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Alex Grenier – Boomerang

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Alex Grenier – Boomerang

Posted on 24 October 2010 by Kavselj

Has it ever happened to you, that you found a great piece of music by accident? Well, the other day it did happen to me and although I wasn’t really searching for it, I believe it’s no coincidence. It’s just a confirmation of a thought I’ve had, that you can’t find music, music finds you (and so does Chuck Norris:). However, this time I was found by Alex Grenier and his last album Boomerang, released in september 2009. Name the style as you prefer: nujazz, electro jazz, nufunk, acid jazz, electro groove, … doesn’t really matter, the point is it’s unquestionably funky!

The frontman, Alex, is a young french guitar player and a composer, whose passion for jazz and blues clearly shows where the influences came from. He started his musical path in 2002 as a co-founder and a member of a techno rock group called “Kham”. The band broke up in late 2007 which pointed him into a different direction. Along with DJ Sharklo he continued the journey under the name “Sharkee”¬†and by march 2008 the duo released a first real album I like this. Within the next year Sharkee became Alex Grenier, one thing led to another when in march 2009 the guitarist found himself surrounded by a brass section (three saxophones and a trumpet) and with the support of DJ Sharkloses scratching skills, the recording of Boomerang has begun. A third album is on the way, if everything goes as planned it will be out in september 2010.

Out of all 9 tunes, represented on Boomerang, I can say with almost absolute certainty that each one will put a smile on ones face. Deciding which track is the best can be quite challenging since the more you listen to them, the harder it gets to pick one out. Funky groove, catchy riffs, driving melodies, jazzy solos with a bluesy touch and quality scratches on all the right places is what determines them all. And all are most certainly big dancefloor killers!

The groove will make you move … Listen, smile and dance.

Tracklist:
1. This Way (2:28)
2. The Return Of Blues Bob (3:01)
3. Easy (5:19)
4. Let’s Take (4:47)
5. Deep Dance (3:43)
6. Disko Track (2:55)
7. Beat Down (3:39)
8. Explosion (2:48)
9. Boomerang (5:10)

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Nick Drake (1948 – 1974)

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Nick Drake (1948 – 1974)

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Kavselj

I ran into English songwriter/musician in my teens when I was getting to know many folk musicians from late 60′ early 70′. Nick Drake was always a bit special for me as was for everyone else around him during his short life. My first contact with him was compilation Time of no Reply, which has some outtakes from his first album Five Leaves Left and also some home recorded demos, which were only released postmortem. He fascinated me with his melancholic, tender melodies and meaningful lyrics. As I tried to play some of his songs on guitar I first noticed that almost every song has a different tuning. With very precise finger picking his songs were really hard to play for me as an very amateurish player. Time of no Reply was strong musical experience for me especially with Clothes of Sand, Strange Meetings II, Been Smoking to long and of course Time of no reply.

When you discover music that touches you deep down, the need for more is quite logical. With reference of Time of no reply, I bought Five Leaves Left which is his first album done and recorded when he was student at Cambridge. I later found out facts about his life and his early death. He had many problems with guest musicians, covers, studio work etc. when recording as he was very delicate about his work. Completion also wasn’t very dramatic. His sister said in many interviews that: “Nick walked into my room and said, ‘There you are.’ He threw Five Leaves Left onto the bed and left.” It was very strong album for me with some highlights that were also on TONR and some new gems for example River Man with beautiful string arrangements.

Nick was a very bad performer as he was quite shy and later struggling with various frustrations. On rare occasions when he preformed on live concerts, they were awkward and usually ended soon. This led to the end of his concerts and his frustration led to depression. Second album Bryter Layter wasn’t very prosperous even though its one of his best produced and arranged album with mix of folk, string and jazz arrangements. Producers thought it would sell since it was a bit popish but unfortunately it didn’t. For me this is a step away from his inner sound, and therefore least likable one.

3rd and last one Pink Moon is total opposite. Solo guitar and his voice. Very intimate and personal. No other words needed. His depression led to his death in June of 1974 with overdose of painkillers and only small amount of masterpieces he carried within himself were released. But Nick, thanks for all of them…

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Pat Metheny – Krizanke – 29 June 2010

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Lunik

Who
Pat Metheny
When
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
20:00 - All Ages
Where
Krizanke (map)
Trg francoske revolucije

Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000

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Vicente Amigo – Krizanke – 10 June 2010

Posted on 10 June 2010 by Lunik

Who
Vicente Amigo
When
Thursday, June 10, 2010
20:00 - All Ages
Where
Krizanke (map)
Trg francoske revolucije

Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000

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