Monday, April 22, 2013

SABICAS Granadinas

Flamenco virtuoso Sabicas plays Granadinas style

Sabicas (Agustín Castellón Campos) was a Flamenco guitarist, of Romani origin, who was born on 16 March 1912 in Pamplona, Spain and died in 14 April 1990 in New York.

Sabicas began playing guitar at the age of 4 and made his performing debut 2 years later. His early style was influenced by Ramón Montoya, with whom he was related on his mother's side of the family. Extensive collaboration with important cantaores (male Flamenco singers) of the period helped him develop his unique personal style.

Sabicas was instrumental in the introduction of Flamenco to audiences outside of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. He was probably best known for his technical skills: blazingly fast picados (scales), fast arpeggios, quality composition for the many forms of flamenco, and infallible rhythm, which was critical if playing with a dancer. Also, he was considered to have perfect pitch. "The finest technique around has got to be Sabicas, the Flamenco player," famed guitarist Chet Atkins told Guitar Player Magazine in March 1972.

Sabicas was a standout of his day, not only with technique, but with major contributions, playing Flamenco previously unimaginable and giving new tools and possibilities for the solo instrument. He brought this art to concert halls and major theaters where all classes can enjoy.

Notable contemporary players such as Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Serranito, Juan Manuel Cañizares, El Viejín, Vicente Amigo, Gerardo Nuñez and many more claim large influence from Sabicas' music.

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6 p.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium

A screening of the documentary "The Fabulous Sabicas" (2012). Directed by Pablo Calatayud. 82 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Fabulous Sabicas documents the vital professional development of the guitarist Agustín Castellón, Sabicas. Sabicas symbolizes the figure of the flamenco concert guitarist. He came to represent an era, performing and renovating the music to which he dedicated his life. This film brings together the testimony of important flamenco artists and scholars, friends and his children, along with a selection of performances by the maestro.

Estela Zatania who translated the English subtitles for the film will be present to discuss the work.

SABICAS a la BIENAL de SEVILLE en septembre 1986SABICAS interprète une TARANTA, une SEGUIRIYA, LA CUMPARSITA une GRANADINA en 1986 et une soléa sur TVE en 72 .

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