Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual | Cosas en Comun

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Cosas en Comun

by Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual

A new voice in flamenco guitar. His "very personal and innovative" sound combines virtuoso flamenco playing with elements of jazz, classical, blues, and other styles of music- "a sensative and dynamic guitarist and composer."
Genre: World: Flamenco
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1. Cosas en Comun (tema por tangos)
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2. Salva (alegrias)
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3. Zvi (taranta-tangos)
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4. Calle del Laurel (bulerias)
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5. Soleares del Monte (Solea)
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6. Rumba for J.B.
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7. Recordando la Luz (taranta)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual has been called "one of the greatest American flamenco guitarists." He is a multifaceted guitarist, composer, and teacher who has performed in styles ranging from jazz and blues, to classical guitar, klezmer, as well as flamenco. Based in Boston, Juanito tours frequently throughout the U.S. and has played for most of the country's major flamenco dance companies including those of Omayra Amaya, Ramon de los Reyes, Jose Greco II, Carlota Santana, La Repompa de Málaga, Inés Arrubla, and Susana di Palma. He has performed in major festivals around the country including the 2003 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, (broadcast live on National Public Radio), Festival Flamenco Internacional in Albuquerque, Yale's International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and New York City's Fringe Festival.
Juanito has performed as a soloist and as leader of his own ensemble to sold out audiences throughout the East Coast. He was a featured performer in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts as a featured artist in their Art of the Guitar concert series in 2000 and was the opening for Michel Camilo at Cambridge's Sanders Theater in 2004.
He has been seen and heard nationally on a variety of TV and radio programs including NPR's "The World" and "Here and Now".
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory where he graduated with honors in 1997, and was Second Prize winner in the 1996 New England Classical guitar Competition.

Juanito first picked up the guitar at age eleven discovering flamenco music at age fifteen. This led him to Spain the following year where he was immersed in the flamenco culture, studying with teachers including Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, and El Entri. While at NEC Juanito's teachers included classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk and jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Most recently, he has been mentored by the Boston based maestro Dimitri Goryachev.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Juanito is very active as an educator, both as private instructor in the Boston area, as well as lecturer/performer, giving frequent presentations and workshops at colleges and schools throughout the country. As a teacher he is devoted to the pursuit of guitar as a means to reveal each individual's unique musical and personal potential, and to sharing the beauty, spirituality, and expressive power of the art of flamenco.

In 2003 Juanito completed his first CD "Cosas en Común" of all original flamenco compositions. The work has received critical acclaim and frequent radio play in the US. and abroad. In addition to touring with his group Juanito collobrated on a chamber opera by Osvoldo Golijov which had its debut at Tanglewood in 2003 featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw. He has also co-composed and performed his first film score, for an animated short film about Southern Spain by Karen Aqua and Joanna Priestley. Currently Juanito is working on a number of exciting projects including his second solo CD, a duo project with guitarist Grisha Goryachev and a concert tour with pianist Jose Maria Amador "El Piani" to be announced soon.


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coconico

Best guitar CD I've ever bought!
I have always loved Spanish guitar music, but this is the best of all. Passionate, yet sophisticated. There is sun and moon, day and night, in Jonathanfs music. It shows a lot of aspect without leaving residual of sorrow like Spanish guitar music often does.

Walter B.


I enjoyed the CD and have played several times. I liked the tone combining classical and modern.

Joe

Unbelievable
Most exciting and intriguing CD I've bought in quite some time. This is music that is warm, soulful, intellectual and instantly accessible all at the same time - what ear candy! I can't wait for this artists' follow up, as this CD makes me hungry for more of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic fantasy. Kudos to Juanito!

Dean Diggins

A thought-provoking, creative use of the Flamenco guitar style with many delight
I don't usually buy CDs, but Juanito Pascual's performance at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH was so mesmerizing that I wanted to hear more. The CD came up to my expectations--elgant, passionate, rich, and soulful. What more can I say? I'll look forward to more CDs by this talented artist.


Potential realized
I remember Jon as a passionate and stunningly-gifted teenage guitarist in Minneapolis. At that time I thought he might shine someday on a bigger stage. And now here he is! To me this CD is daring harmonically, without losing the proper aide. The playing is fantastic.
Ole, Juanito!

vmelo

Unbelievable Flamenco player.
I'm giving it five stars because I actually was present at this CD release concert - Juanito is phenominal - He's made that guitar part of him, as if it were an extension of his body.

Jerry

Muy bueno!
Exciting, sonorous flamenco.