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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:22 pm
by NormanD
Sorry if my contribution is a bit late and I hope I haven't missed the moment.

I really enjoyed Sunday afternoon as it was a chance to catch up with a lot of friends and faces, and the Barbican Freestage is always so relaxed. I saw quite a lot of young people, and I wonder if K'Naan had been the main attraction? I didn't see a mass exodus when his absence was announced, so maybe I'm wrong on that. This would have been a good turn-out for someone whose record is hard to get hold of.

The extended ping-pong worked well with the various guests, flowed smoothly and seemed pretty spontaneous. No mistakes, either (not that I was checking for any) - wrong tracks, over-extended pauses, etc. You've been away from live broadcasting for a year, Charlie, but the touch is still there. The World Service structure is too taut for a bit of spontaneity, which is such a great pity.

The live sets were a treat. Maurice el Medioni was as good as I'd hoped, and his style samples showed off his range greatly. Flamenco piano I've never heard, and has left me something to explore more of. (Any recommendations, anyone?)

La Xula were the stars of the afternoon. I'd only seen the stripped-down version before, and the full band showed the excitement of their virtuosity and musical styles. I was hoping for extended solos, their rhythmic soul was so penetrating. When I came over to have a word with Charlie, I mentioned the singer's wonderful black velvet dress. I commented that it was great enough to be one of Mariza's cast-offs, and wondered if she'd picked it up in an Oxfam shop. I later sent a complimentary comment to their MySpace, and she replied that she had bought the dress in a charity shop. She didn't say who the previous owner might have been.....

norman

PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 8:39 am
by Rod B.
normand wrote:
Flamenco piano I've never heard, and has left me something to explore more of. (Any recommendations, anyone?)




Norman, try Chano Domínguez.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptG0yDjHeSY

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:16 am
by Con Murphy
Rod B. wrote:
normand wrote:
Flamenco piano I've never heard, and has left me something to explore more of. (Any recommendations, anyone?)




Norman, try Chano Domínguez.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptG0yDjHeSY


With a jazzier tinge, Sergio Monroy:-

http://www.sergiomonroy.com/

(no YouTube exists of him, unfortunately)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:42 am
by garth cartwright
hey y'all, i've been away then too busy to look at the forum so only noticed this today - my only comment is to reply to Charlie's question and the answer is definitely YES YOU SHOULD NOT INTERVENE ON ANYONE'S PART! Howard's a big boy and holds his own with all comers. Ditto me, Ian and anyone else who likes to go for the occasional jugular. Leave us to dig our own graves, make fools of ourselves, tarnish what little reputations we have etc etc.

You are the Big Daddy of the Forum and friend to all so when you take sides in someone else's arguement it immediately feels like the referee has got involved.

That said, i have nothing to add to this debate other than i hate award ceremonies - this year's Radio 3 one being more ridiculous than most - and am very pleased i was in France last Sunday!

flamenco piano

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:55 am
by David Flower
Norman, try Chano Domínguez.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptG0yDjHeSY[/quote]

With a jazzier tinge, Sergio Monroy:-

http://www.sergiomonroy.com/

(no YouTube exists of him, unfortunately)[/quote]

Monroy is OK but was disappointing at the Purcell Room last year, with little personality on show. Much better is Diego Amador, of the Pata Negra family, who played a great solo set last year at Sadlers Wells. There are a couple of CDS on Nuevos Medios, "Piano Jondo" being the better.
Chano Dominguez is really a jazz player with flamenco leanings and there are quite a few others these days playing flamenco joanna - it works

David