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The King of Rock Flamenco comes to Bellas Artes




By Viridiana Gutiérrez

For the first time, all the way from Denver, Colorado, The King of Rock Flamenco, “El Javi” is giving an extraordinary concert at Bellas Artes on Friday, November 9 at 7pm, accompanied by his loyal percussionist, Jordi Marín, and Mario Gonzalez on the bass. Now, armed with a more mature and expressive artistic palate, he is touring North America with his latest production, “Gypsy Journey Trilogy part 2: El Refugio.

From the first note to the percussive slap and strum, El Javi’s guitar compositions evoke images of Spanish countryside and the plaintive Moorish narratives of flamenco music. Melodic lead lines suspend themselves upon a canopy of bittersweet chord progressions, taking turns with staccato arpeggios and the irresistible rhythms of the signature flamenco strum, the rasqueado.

Hailing from México City with a background in electric rock, jazz and blues, El Javi’s primary influences are much more contemporary than the classical roots of Spanish guitar. But El Javi effortlessly transplants moods, modes, and motifs into a sonic panorama of cultures and continents.

El Javi picked up the guitar at the age of 12, went on to study at the Fermatta Musical Academy in México City, and travelled to Los Angeles at the cusp of the millennium to continue studying at the Musicians Institute. While there, he immersed himself in the LA band scene and spent several years playing out and teaching guitar by day. Along the way, boredom, or something close to artistic malaise, overcame him, and he rediscovered his classical guitar and a thirst for a more authentic, original expression than ever before. Launching himself headlong into the world of composition, he travelled to Seville, Spain, in the summer of 2005 to study flamenco guitar at Taller Flamenco.

Through his distinct sound, El Javi paints an auditory portrait composed of strength and intimacy, reflecting his experiential existence as both human and artist. Collaborations color his compositions as he endlessly evolves his music, warranting his title, The King of Rock Flamenco.

Highlights of his career include Festival of the Arts in Coahuila México, The Jazz and Blues festival in Santa Clarita, CA, the Denver International Festival, The International Music Festival in San Jose del Cabo, and the Salmon Arm Festival in British Columbia. He has opened for today’s biggest voice of flamenco, Diego el Cigala, during his Noche Tucumana world tour in San Miguel de Allende.

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The King Of Rock Flamenco

Fri, Nov 9, 7pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75


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