Friday, August 26, 2011

Flamenco; An Englishman's Passion

Acabo de aprender que mi primer libro, Flamenco; pasión de un inglés, es ser traducido a francés.
Este libro fue publicado originalmente por el Museo del Baile Flamenco , en Sevilla y ellos haber informadome la nueva edición francesa, de la cual tengo poca información en el momento. Más noticias como siguen.

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I have just learned that my first book, Flamenco; an Englishman's passion, is to be translated into French.
This book was originally published by the Museo del baile flamenco, in Seville and they have just informed me of the new French edition, of which I have little information at the moment. More news as it follows.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Adios al maestro de Jerez de la Frontera

Wednesday 10th of August was a sad day for me. Not only did I become fifty-years and one day old, but my favorite aunt passed away after a relatively short illness at the ripe old age of 85.
Whilst collecting my thoughts, after receiving this sad news from my mother, I was hit with a double blow that came like a kick to the stomach.
News began   to filter through the internet that Manuel Moreno Junquera had died in a hospital in Jerez de la Frontera at just 55 years of age.

Moraito Chico, the name by which Manuel was better known, was one of the most inspirational guitarists on the flamenco scene of today and he was also one of the most respected guitarists whose services as an accompanist were sought by some of the greatest singers of the flamenco world.
His family have been pioneers within the world of this fantastic art and his passing has left a gaping hole in the hearts of the people who knew and loved him. Not only was he one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, but he was also a humble gypsy whose sense of humor and natural grace will be very sadly missed.
There a few words that could truly capture this man's natural gitanerias  and even less that could describe his domination of the guitar.
The guitar has lost it's master and flamenco has lost a son.
Adios para siempre El Maestro de Jerez.