A further example that premature and prolonged exposure to screens has a significant and lasting effects on toddlers? “I play guitar because when I was three, I saw Paco De Lucia on television and it stuck,” confirms Vicente Amigo.
He concedes to feel forever indebted to De Lucia and along with him all those who have approached the flamenco guitar.
Because yes, let’s not waste time unnecessarily around the sangria jug: Vicente the Andalusian plays the flamenco guitar.
Since always. In any case, since he was eight when he began to learn the basics from the likes of Rafael Rodriguez Fernandez and Juan Muñoz Exposito, better known respectively under the pseudonyms of El Merengue and El Tomate.
Vicente Amigo has since accumulated brilliant feats of arms, and we wish a lot of patience to anyone who wants to have fun listing them all on a business card.
For if, over the years, personalities as diverse as Cuban guitarist-composer and conductor Leo Brower, pop star Miguel Bosé, raï star Khaled, former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, the other great figure of the current flamenco movement Diego El Cigala and even Sting have reached out to him for a collaboration or more, it is not for this famous address book, but for his sensitivity, elegance and sense of melody as soon as he puts his fingers touch the guitar strings.
Paco De Lucia’s worthy heir with whom he ended up forming a solid friendship? More than that. And watch out for the kids in front of the TV set…
Support : Le Trio Joubran
Carry the world. Hold the earth. Hold on to the ground. Hold on to your land. By partnering with Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman, for a track dedicated to all those who are, precisely, fighting for their land and, at the same time, wishing to pay homage to four teenagers killed while playing football on a beach in Gaza, The Trio Joubran wanted to mark our minds and managed to do so brilliantly.
But if Samir, Wissam, and Adnan, all of whom were born in Nazareth, often persist on recalling their indelible link to Palestine, it would be unfair to remember them just for that. It would be to overlook the essential, namely the astonishing evocative force that emerges from the instrument of which they have become specialists, the oud. Three ouds, for as many brothers, as many virtuosos. Oriental lute for some, Arab guitar for others, regardless of definition: in the hands of these three musicians, the oud travels, flies, breathes, and with it all those who are exposed to it.
After eight albums to their credit, film scores and endless awards, The Trio Joubran has nothing to prove. If not to themselves. With this in mind, they chose to add more strings to their... oud with a brand new album, The Long March, which they consider as a turning point, a new direction in their musical convictions. Don’t be surprised to hear a mix of keyboards, the piano, the flute and subtle arrangements of strings or vocals. We are indeed impatient to discover how these new frontiers will be gleefully interpreted on stage.