This is a continuation of a previously published article, which consisted of a Concert Review of Juan Martín’s performance at the Leeds Flamenco Festival (2014) and the first half of this interview. Here, Juan continues speaking (among other things) about flamenco and fusion, his experience performing with Miles Davis, his experiences on the UK flamenco scene, and his course in Ronda.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest living exponents of the flamenco art from, guitarist Juan Martín, throughout his dazzling career, has delighted audiences across the globe with his passion, musical virtuosity and charming personality. Having initially learnt to play the guitar from the late great Paco de Lucía, Juan has since gone on to have an astounding performance career, playing in many of the world’s most prestigious performance auditoriums.
French classical guitarist, Judicael Perroy, blends fine technique with nuanced performances around the world that audiences have found both compelling and exciting. His international reputation as a gifted musician and brilliant performer continues to grow.
Vladislav Blaha has to be one of the hardest working and most accomplished classical guitarists in the world today. He has given concerts in 35 countries, and in the most prestigious halls on nearly every continent.
Celebrated as one of the finest of the world’s elite cohort of classical guitarists, Christopher is perhaps the closest heir to the Andres Segovia legacy. His world-wide reputation, as both a technical master who presents emotionally nuanced performances and a mentor for young classical musicians is professional benchmark for all to aspire.
New York guitarist, Peter Fletcher, has to be one of the hardest working musicians on the scene today, and he has the kind of career that most of us are striving to achieve. Fletcher has been able to develop and sustain a career that is centered on performing, recording, and touring with his guitar playing to large audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
There are very few classical guitarists who have been able to reach the level of being considered a maestro. One has to work endlessly and must dedicate their entire life to performing, championing new music for their instrument, have an extensive recording catalog, and they must spend a great deal of their time teaching and shaping the next generation of students.
Les Frères Méduses (The Jellyfish Brothers) is perhaps one of the most imaginative and exciting classical guitar duo’s performing today. Featuring guitarists Randall Avers and Benoît Albert, both who are equally accomplished as solo performers in their own right; this duo offers a breath of fresh air to the classical guitar world. And when these two different personalities come together, it is evident that they have achieved a very high artistic level and are able to deliver an expressive, polished, and captivating performance.
Being a professional guitarist I’ve had a lot of teachers over the years. These teachers ranged from my very first music store teacher who showed me the five positions of the blues scale, to renowned guitar educator and performer Roddy Ellias, and everything in between. I’ve been lucky in that each of my teachers was able to push me to the next level of my playing, helping me build the career as a guitarist that I have today.
Yale University’s Classical virtuoso Ben Verdery teams up with UCSC’s Grammy-winning Bill Coulter for exclusive shows in Chicago and Milwaukee July 14-17. They will be working to promote the duo’s second album, Happy Here, an eclectic mix of classical repertoire, Irish folk music and the occasional rock tune.