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XV BIENAL DE FLAMENCO. 'ENCLAVE' Pedro Ricardo Miño - artista invitada Estrella Morente

October 1, 2008

XV BIENAL DE FLAMENCO DE SEVILLA

‘ENCLAVE’

World premiere
Guest artist: : Estrella Morente
Program (PDF)

Tuesday, September 30th 2008. Teatro Central 9:00pm

 

SPECIAL BIENAL DE FLAMENCO DE SEVILLA 2008

Text: Juan Diego Martín Cabeza
Photos: © Archivo Bienal de Flamenco, Luis Castilla

Text: Juan Diego Martín Cabeza
Photos: © Archivo Bienal de Flamenco, Luis Castilla
Idea, composition and piano: Pedro Ricardo Miño
Percussion and effects: Juan Ruiz
Drums: Álvaro Maldonado
Double bass: Miguel Vargas
Violin: Alexis Lefèvre
Guest artist: Estrella Morente

Pianist and dyed-in-the-wool flamenco, son of guitarist Ricardo Miño and dancer Pepa Montes, he knows quite well who he is and the idiom he needs to express what he has inside.  Last night he attracted an audience that was with him every step of the way as he developed a concert that was just right for him.

Bienal de Flamenco. Foto Luis Castilla
Bienal de Flamenco. Foto Luis Castilla

There are two things that make Pedro Ricardo Miño a daring artist: first, the choice of the piano to express his profound flamenco sentiments.  And second, he never turns his back on flamenco, no matter how much he delves into his own interpretive universe, he always has his focus on tradition, and a recognizable sound.  He plays the music that is part of him.  He accepts who he is, and stakes out a path he sees clearly, where he constructs his aesthetic.

Bienal de Flamenco. Foto Luis Castilla
Bienal de Flamenco. Foto Luis Castilla

The recital was intended to be a journey from the essence to the very limits of this private universe.  I don’t know if this pianist will some day go beyond those limits, or if his audience, or he himself would permit it . Thus, one of the main virtues of his music is precisely his faith in flamenco.  In everything flamenco a piano can give, without getting murky or messy.  In this sense, there were moments of great brilliance in the siguiriyas, and in soleá from Triana ended with original music. Alegrías, and the famous Mario Escudero piece “Impetu”, were also interpreted bravely and with good taste.

He was smart enough to surround himself with good musicians, although Álvaro Maldonado had to make a big effort to restrain the drums and not drown out the rest of the music.  Bass-player Miguel Vargas pulled all the elementos together.  Alexis Lefévre, who could have done more, finally could be enjoyed in a violin solo and a musical dialogue with the piano that captured audience enthusiasm.

Two artists failed to show up at the last minute, singer Pitingo, and bagpiper Carlos Núñez.  Estrella Morente who took up the slack managed to sew up the performance just right for a performance that left a very good impression.

Bienal de Flamenco. Foto Luis Castilla