The flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo released his new recording called Tierra, in February 2013.

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Tierra has a fresh flamenco twist as he recorded it with musicians from Dire Straits and the Scottish band called Capercaillie at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in London.

All the pieces have been composed by Vicente Amigo and the other musicians on the recording are Mike McGoldrick on tin whistle and Uilleann pipes, John McCusker  on fiddle, Guy Fletcher on piano and organ, Donald Shaw on accordion and Ewen Vernal on double bass. The result is flamenco with a very strong mix of Celtic music.

VICENTE AMIGO will commence his Tierra tour this month, performing with GUY FLETCHER (organ, piano), DANNY CUMMINGS (percussion, drums), MIKE McGOLDRICK (whistles, uillean pipes), JOHN McCUSKER (fiddle), DONALD SHAW (accordion), EWEN VERNAL (double bass), RAFAEL DE UTRERA (cante), AÑIL FERNÁNDEZ (second guitar), and PAQUITO GONZÁLEZ (cajón).

MÁLAGA on 12 September 2013 at the Plaza de Toros La Malagueta

CÓRDOBA on 21 September 2013 at the Teatro de la Axarquia

LONDON on 24 September 2013 at the Union Chapel

YOKOHAMA on 14 October 2013 at KATT Kanagawa Geijutsu Gekijo

OSAKA on 15 October 2013 at Namba Hatch

TOKYO on 17 October 2013 at Bunkamura Orchard Hall

NAGOYA on 18 October 2013 at Nagoya Club Quattro

SEVILLA on 26 October 2013 at Teatro de la Maestranza

MUNICH on 5 December 2013 at Prinzregetentheater

VIENNA on 15 December 2013 at Konzerthaus

Vicente Amigo is featured in the September 2013 issue of Classical Guitar magazine where he speaks to Thérèse Wassily Saba about his new recording.

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Tierra has been nominated for a Latin Grammy award in the ‘Best Flamenco Album‘ category. The winners of the 14th Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on 21 November 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

Vicente Amigo’s first recording Di mi Corazon al Aire was released in 1991 and caused a lot of positive and negative response. It was a period of change and experimentation among young flamenco artists and Vicente Amigo was very much part of the Nuevo Flamenco movement. There is a lot of studio production of the sound of the instruments but the flamenco elements are so powerful and the musical ideas  communicate so directly that it is hard not to be seduced by it.

Since 1991 Vicente Amigo has released five more solo recordings: Vivencias Imaginadas (1995); Poeta (1997); Ciudad de las Ideas (2000) for which he won a Latin Grammy in 2001; El Momento en el Sonido (2005); and Paseo de Gracia (2009). Tierra (2013) is the Spanish word for ‘earth’.

© 2013 Thérèse Wassily Saba