A Flamenco Afternoon Under the Trees
By Mónica Hoth
Denver-based flamenco musician, El Javi, combines the sounds of his acoustic guitar with the minimalist drumset of percussionist Jordi Marin, building a bridge of his own between flamenco and progressive rock, “Flamenco Fusion.” The best representation of his new style is heard in his live performances and captured in the recent Godzilla studio release, A Gypsy Journey.
“Flamenco Fusion in Bellas Artes” with Guitarist El Javi
Presented by “Music Under the Trees”
Sat, Jun 11, 1pm
Hernández Macías 75
El Javi was born on August 17, 1980, in Mexico City. At 11 years old he showed great interest in music, focusing on classical guitar. Eventually, he entered a course of study for a degree in music at Fermatta Music Academy and picked up jazz influences. Upon completion of his studies in 2001, he relocated to Hollywood, California, to study at the Musicians Institute. That path eventually led him to study flamenco guitar at Taller Flamenco in Seville, Spain, in 2005. This course launched his musical direction. His compositions evoke images and narratives of flamenco music, as expressed in his first two albums, Muse Gypsy and Flamenco Sketches.
The originality and transparency of his music sent him on an international tour to promote the El Javi Trio album, Self-Portrait, released in 2012. The album reflects a musical evolution that leads us from classic rock to progressive rock. He lives as a modern artist, with the soul of a wise one. Over the years, he has toured the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Denver, and New York. He has also appeared in Europe.
In 2013, he decided to return to his homeland to merge with musicians who would lead him to experiment with Latin rhythms the accompaniment of flamenco dance. After this experience, he decided to continue his journey, along with Jordi Marin on percussion. As a duo they are invited to participate in the “Romance de la Luna Tucumana” of Diego el Cigala, in San Miguel de Allende, as well to give presentations at various forums in Mexico City, Monterrey, Tampico, Querétaro, Pachuca, and the Festival of Arts of Coahuila.
The duo will perform in San Miguel de Allende on June 11 at Belles Artes, and on June 12 at Santos Crudoteca. Learn more about El Javi at his official website: eljavi.com.