FURIA is the fiery Flamenco infused release from guitar virtuoso, Alberto de Almar, who blends the passion of traditional Flamenco music with a contemporary edge and world music flavor.
Alberto caresses, cajoles and seduces each note of his original compositions that are brought to life via his superb talent and stunning technical work on the guitar.
Flamenco classics, upbeat rumbas, hauntingly beautiful melodies and mysterious ancient rhythms transport you into another world where you'll embark on a journey of discovery across a vast enigmatic musical landscape.
Engaging, lyrical, passionate and romantic, the inspired and spellbinding music of FURIA energizes the spirit and enchants the mind.
At home or on the road, at work or at play, when working out or when relaxing alone or with that special someone, slip FURIA into your CD player, computer or digital devices and treat yourself and your friends, family, lovers and others to the magic of FURIA.
FURIA makes a great gift for all occasions – and for all ages.
"I think of my music as a harmonic and spirited synthesis of styles that encompass the cerebral flow of jazz, the electric energy of rock, the calculated restraint of classical, the ancient rhythms of world music and the sensual and exhilarating passion of Flamenco. One might call it a Musical Paella of sorts -- melodic nourishment for the hungry soul." -- Alberto de Almar
Alberto de Almar is simply one of the most captivating guitarists around. Anyone who has listened to Alberto's music or seen Alberto's live performances is struck by his talent, technique and his diverse, inventive and emotionally charged guitar playing.
Though primarily known for his contemporary Flamenco/Fusion style, Alberto's multifaceted fret work cuts across musical genres incorporating both acoustic and electric guitar.
Alberto began playing guitar at age 11 in his home town of Miami. After mastering rock, jazz and classical guitar styles, he fronted groups opening for The Allman Bros., The Grateful Dead, Edgar & Johnny Winter, Sly and The Family Stone, The Blues Image, NRBQ and others.
His reputation as a young, versatile and innovative guitarist caught the attention of legendary music genius, Frank Zappa, who invited Alberto to Los Angeles where he worked with Terry Bozzio, Don Preston, Freddie Hubbard, Jaco Pastorius, Minnie Ripperton and several other prominent musicians.
While he continued to work in the eclectic Los Angeles rock scene, Alberto's cousin, Jorge Strunz (Strunz and Farah) introduced him to the world of Flamenco. Alberto diligently pursued his passion for Flamenco and created his own unique style integrating contemporary characteristics of rock and jazz with traditional Flamenco.
He moved to Spain, met the legendary Paco de Lucía and began working for Paco transcribing and copyrighting Paco's original compositions including the guitar arrangements on Chick Corea's album "Touchstone." He spent the next few years in Spain touring with Manolo Sanlúcar and working with other Flamenco luminaries including Enrique de Melchor, Enrique Morente and Paco Cortés.
After returning to the US, Alberto worked with such notable Flamenco and World Music artists as Pepe Habichuela, Rafael Riqueni, Javier Ruibal, José Miguel Carmona, Agustín Carbonell "Bola", Zakir Hussain, Prince Diabate, Cheb Khaleb, Manoocher Sadeghi and Don Preston.
Alberto has also brought his signature Flamenco/Fusion sound to a host of other recording artists including Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Charo, Doug Cameron, Los Crucificados (with Randy Castillo, Carmine Rojas and Django Porter), Jasmine Trias (American Idol 3rd place finalist) and Alicia Keys on her remix single called "A Woman's Worth" that Alicia performed at the Grammy Awards with Spain's top flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortez.
Alberto's vast repertoire also encompasses composing and performing on the soundtracks for several feature films, television shows and commercials including the Sidney Sheldon mini-series "The Sands Of Time" and Spike Lee's "Love and Basketball."
In addition to his performance and studio work, Alberto has led a series of Flamenco guitar clinics at the acclaimed Guitar Institute of Technology/MIT. He has also taught classical and jazz guitar and music theory at Dade Community College and at the University of Florida.
Alberto performs and tours both as a solo artist and as a featured performer or sideman with other recording artists. He also continues his work on his own projects in addition to his studio session work for other artists and film, television and commercial scores.
In 2003, Alberto began recording and touring with renowned contemporary jazz pianist, Keiko Matsui. He has performed in venues around the world with Keiko and band members Eric Baines (bass), Steve Reid (percussion), Chad Wright (drums) and Michael Ghegan (saxophone) and with the legendary Bob James.
Alberto has released three CD's: The spirited and mostly acoustic Flamenco infused FURIA, the Electric Metal Flamenco inspired BENT MARBLE and the Flamenco/Latin/World music fusion mix on the ethereal ALMA PURA on which he collaborated with international music producer and composer, Claudio Collino.
All three CD’s are available here on CDBaby and through a variety of digital download distributors and retail outlets (both brick and click).
For additional information, please visit Alberto's web site at: www.albertodealmar.com or swing by by MySpace and check out Alberto's page at www.myspace.com/albertodealmar.