Juan Carmona, The Flamenco feeling

Portrait of the Franco-Andalusian Gypsy guitar player

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Juan Carmona

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This film gives a portrait of a genius guitarist, franco-andalusian gypsy, Juan Carmona, whose talent and openness to other genres have allowed him to conquer the world of flamenco.

Whether performing with a Major French orchestra La Sinfonia Flamenca, the work he composed for flamenco guitar and a classical orchestra; or improvising with friends in a working class bodega in his childhood neighbourhood; or teaching flamenco to seasoned musicans at the National Conservatory of Music, Carmona demonstrates rare talent and an authentic personality. He is indeed a multi-faceted musician with an exceptionally rich musical career.

French guitar virtuoso, Juan Carmona, who easily navigates between Spanish and oriental moods, is the perfect symbol of flamenco's rebirth. Though proud of his Andalusian Gypsy roots, he insists on moving beyond the typical ethnic clichés. Respected in all musical fields, including classical music, he has built bridges between flamenco and other musical genres.

Carmona represents an opportunity for flamenco to extend into other spheres and capture a wider, truly popular audience.

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