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Syncopations and Flamenco Riffs On Virtual Stage!

Syncopations and Flamenco Riffs On Virtual Stage by Virtual Guitar Orchestra

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ARTIST FEATURE: Syncopations and Flamenco Riffs On Virtual Stage

Metronome Online is proud to present Virtual Guitar Orchestra, an act of bringing people together, and share music across the globe. This Covid-19 community based project, recognized by The Library of Congress for its social and cultural impact during the pandemic, has been paving the way for guitar lovers worldwide to play together regardless of being miles apart and in lockdowns. VGO has so far united more than 500 guitarists from all the continents and has provided a unique opportunity for guitar lovers, aficionados, those with more skills and those with less, to play alongside their heroes. While the first project called Kaleidokithara was dedicated to classical music and the second one to the merger of fingerstyle and classical guitar in pieces by Sergio Assad, this one pushes the limit even further.

Flamenco in general is a rhythmically incredibly complex genre and to put it on a virtual stage, with soloists improvising over it, adding to the pile a cajon player and even a dancer, makes this a mission impossible. Adam del Monte, a Los Angeles based flamenco guitarist and composer, has outdone himself. Relampiños, a true step forward, merging flamenco and classical guitar, is a giant artistic leap in its own right. While the great Andres Segovia worked hard to separate the two styles, many guitarists have attempted to be proficient in both. Here we have more than 100 players playing their heroes to advocate for the symbiosis of flamenco and classical guitar. The soloists on the classical side are Angel Romero, Eliot Fisk, Rene Izquierdo, Goran Krivokapić, Rafael Aguirre, Vladimir Gorbach, Anabel Montesinos, Joaquin Clerch, Jiji Kim, Artyom Dervoed, Laura Oltman, Michael Newman, Denis Azabagić, Kyuhee Park, and Evan Taucher, among many others. The sometimes blistering solos mid-piece all come from great flamenco players, including (in order of their solos) Amós Lora, Pedro Sierra, Samuelito, Vahagni, and Adam Del Monte.

Check out the video and listen to the rhythmic complexity, awe-inspiring riffs and beautiful music making that is VGO in Relampiños, a piece by Adam del Monte. Enjoy!

Syncopations and Flamenco Riffs On Virtual Stage!

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.

Del Monte 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.


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