Shlomo Cohen - soprano saxophone, Emir Isilay - piano, keyboards, Asaf Kofler - electric bass, Eran Asias - drums, percussion
Adam del Monte
One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention. Always having incorporated a wide array of musical styles in his compositions, del Monte has embarked on a journey of creating a unique sound and language of flamenco that is both steeped in tradition and progressive in its openness to musical flavors from around the world.
Adam has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone - the featured flamenco guitar part in the double Grammy award winning opera "Ainadamar" by Osvaldo Golijov (2006), with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano. Since then he has toured this opera in, Carnegie Hall, NY, Lincoln Center, NY, Barbican Center, London, Colorado Music Festival, in Boulder, Chicago Symphony and many more.
He recently composed his second flamenco guitar concerto, "Paisajes," which was debuted and commissioned by the St. Monica Symphony. Since then, he has performed it with the Moscow State Symphony in Tchaikovsky Hall and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela.
Adam also recorded "Avner's Theme" by film composer John Williams for the sound track CD of the motion picture "Munich" by Steven Spielberg. Other film credits include featured participation in Films such as "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz and "Mr and Mrs. Smith" with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, music by John Powell, and Toy Story 3, music by Randy Newman.
Adam has also performed with flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Lole'y Manuel. He was both influenced by, and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco. Del Monte, too, set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leading-edge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar. An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.
Additionally, he was commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a 'progressive' flamenco piece entitled 'Cambio de Aire'. He has collaborated with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta GA. His flamenco debut CD on the Spanish label Sonifolk (1998), entitled: “Viaje a Un Nuevo Mundo” (Journey to a New World) was most favorably reviewed by Spain's most acclaimed flamenco critic Angel Alvarez Caballero as well as Miguel Mora of El Pais an Alfredo Grimaldos of El Mundo.
Other discographies include a Mel Bay Artist Video Series - a classical and flamenco recital, and a GSP classical CD entitled "EZORDIO". In 1998, he performed in Spain on the TV program "Algo Mas Que Flamenco" with Lole Montoya.
He composed a flamenco guitar concerto; "Ensueño Flamenco" for guitar & orchestra that he premiered in Boston with the BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) in Jordan Hall, conducted by Gil Rose. In 1999, he returned to Granada to perform in the oldest "Peña Flamenca" "La Plateria", as well as a tour in Switzerland with singer Curro Fernandez.
In February of 2000 he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the LA Philharmonic. In June 2000, he performed at the Hollywood Bowl, once with his flamenco ensemble and once with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and classical Spanish dancer Lola Greco.
Adam performed as soloist the Concierto de Aranjuez at Disney Hall several times. He has also performed it with the Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Claire. In 2005 del Monte took part in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Series at Disney Hall, performing the "Histoire du Tango" by Astor Piazzolla with violinist Mark Kashper. He was a member of the Falla Guitar Trio from 2007-2012 during which time he performed extensively throughout the United States.
In 2008, he has performed his Flamenco Concerto and the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Ranana Symphonet, conducted by Nir Kabaretti.
First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam is one of the new generations dynamic force in both flamenco and classical guitar. He studied flamenco & classical guitar in Spain, Israel and England. Beginning with his father, he continued his training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe "Habichuela," Paco Cortez, Nino Miguel and Gerardo Nunez. His classical guitar teachers were Menashe Baquiche, Israel and Gordon Crosskey at Chethams School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. He has also appeared as both a solo artist and group performer in major venues such as LA's Mark Taper Forum and the Wilshire Theater; the Teatro Real and the Conde Duque in Madrid; Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada; New Mexico St Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe; the International Guitar Festival in Israel, GFA in St Louis,’96, La Jolla ,'97 and Charleston, 99 GFA, Guitar Festival, the 500th anniversary of Columbus celebrations in Paris & Madrid.
Adam has been on the studio guitar department faculty at USC since 2000, where he teaches flamenco and classical guitar.
This album is strongly rooted in a mainstream modern flamenco style. It features some of today's most celebrated flamenco artists such as Paco de Lucia's bass player, Carles Benavent, flamenco singer , Guadiana, Luis Amador "Pata Negra" and Benji "Habichuela" on cajon and other percussion, give it that authentic groove.
Because of del Monte's multi-lingual and eclectic background, this CD incorporates a variety of styles that become organically integrated into flamenco in a unique way. It has subtle influences from Brazilian melodies and harmonies, jazz harmonies and improvisations, Middle Eastern oud-like flavors, Balkan inspired rhythms and more, all coming together in the service of flamenco.
Label: Adam del Monte Item Number: NSR-1000433 Format: Download Year Recorded: 2010