The final concert in MERA’s Sunday Schoolhouse Spring Concert Series, on Sunday, June 28, will feature award-winning Spanish/Canadian flamenco guitarist and composer Jorge Miguel, in an ensemble that includes a flamenco singer and dancer.
Miguel’s new CD “Guitarra Flamenca/Flamenco Guitar” is an exploration of the depth and breadth of Flamenco Guitar by an artist that has dedicated his life to this art form. Eight diverse songs styles, known in Flamenco circles as “palos”, are performed with precision, passion and originality yet remain firmly rooted in tradition.
Miguel’s family is from Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain, his parents moved from Seville to Toronto just one year before he was born. After years of trying to ignore his Spanish roots, Miguel realized his true calling was playing Flamenco. Miguel moved back to Spain in 1995 to immerse himself in the study of Flamenco Guitar, and he has not strayed from that path since.
Miguel has studied with maestro’s Manolo Sanlucar, Cañizares, José Antonio Rodriguez in Cordoba, Gerardo Nuñez in Sanlucar, Pepe Russo in Cadiz, Don Antonio Villar in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Carlos Del Rio in Madrid, Augustin “Bola” Carbonell in Seville and attended workshops w/ Diego Del Morao and singer Rocio Marquez in Toronto. Miguel has also accompanied renowned dancers such as Esmeralda Enrique, Soledad Barrio, Isabel Bayon and Maria Serrano.
In 2002 the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble was formed with the mandate to take true Flamenco to audiences across Canada and beyond. The Ensemble combines the three pillars of Flamenco, the guitar, the dance and the song (el Toque, el Baile y el Canté). Miguel has performed over 1000 shows from Whitehorse, The Yukon to Antigonish, Nova Scotia as well as in the U.S. and Europe.
Miguel’s Ensemble was nominated in 2011 for Capacoa Touring Artist of the Year and Miguel was awarded the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist and Instrumental Artist of the Year.
“He performs with a gusto he calls ‘full contact, hard-core’ flamenco. …the tempo-shifting Alegrias en La and the spirited Rumba Tangos are take-no-prisoner affairs, full of rousing vocals, percussive handclaps or “palmas” and Miguel’s fleet-fingered guitar playing. Even quieter numbers like the meditative Trocitus (Solea) and the gentle Silencio por Alegrias are brimming with emotion.” – Nicholas Jennings, Penguin Eggs Magazine
“When the musician is Jorge Miguel…you’re talking serious flamenco. He went right to the source—Seville in Spain – to learn the intricacies of the music.” – Fresh Air, CBC Radio
The Jorge Miguel Ensemble appears at MERA Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners on Sunday, June 28th, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance ($20 for MERA members) and are available at Ticket’s Please at 39 Foster St. In Perth (Jo’s Clothes), by phone at 613-485-6434 or online at www.ticketsplease.ca. Tickets can be reserved at Tickets Please and held for pick-up at the door.