Published: 20 October, 2011
by SEBASTIAN TAYLOR
RENOWNED Spanish flamenco guitarist Juan Martin – widely regarded as one of the best guitarists in the world – is opening the annual London Guitar Festival at Kings Place next Wednesday evening.
Born in Malaga, Spain, in 1945, he learned his art in Andalucia, home of flamenco, later moving to Madrid and then to London.
As well as touring the world as soloist or with his ensemble, he’s recorded more than a dozen records, one of his first recordings Picasso Portraits based on music played at Picasso’s 90th birthday celebrations.
In addition, he’s the author of flamenco guitar method books used by budding enthusiasts the world over.
The London Guitar Festival programme, which runs to Saturday October 29, involves five further concerts and three workshops on classical and rock guitar techniques.
• Brilliant young Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova, aged 23, is marking her 20th anniversary on the concert platform with a recital at St James’s Piccadilly tomorrow evening, Friday.
She made her solo debut at the age of three and was an experienced international performer by the time she was awarded a gold medal by the Cairo Opera House after an exceptional recital having reached the age of six.
She’s being joined at her St James’s recital by guitarist Stanislav Hvartchilkov.
• The Forge arts venue in Camden Town is enlisting some excellent classical and jazz musicians for its weekly programmes.
Tomorrow (Friday), it’s got the ultra cool Neon Quartet comprising glorious jazz veteran, saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, and three much younger musicians, Jim Hart on vibraphone, Kit Downes piano and Tim Giles drums.
On Sunday, its morning concert is being given by the dazzling Absolution Saxophone Quartet and that’s followed on Wednesday evening by a recital given by Welsh fiddler Sian Phillips to launch a new recording of tango music.