Benise | Mediterranea

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by Benise

Fiery Spanish guitars, gypsy violins, and exotic rhythms combine in lush soundscapes. World music at its best. As seen on PBS
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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1. Rhumba Rhumba
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2. Mediterranea
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3. Nights in the Gardens of Spain
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4. Monserrat
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5. Santa Barbara
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6. Sangria
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7. Noches de Fuego
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8. Sunday Morning
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9. Guitarria
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10. Tribal
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11. Bridge of Sighs
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Album Notes

Venture into the spicy land of romance and sweet persuasions. Feel the cool breeze of Spanish guitars against lush rhythms that will soothe your soul and make you dance with sensual delite. The allure of Spanish guitars will seduce you.

"Mediterranea" is not just a place - it's a state of

Don't miss on PBS!
A spectacular journey of music and dance. The show that celebrates MUSIC, LOVE, and LIFE!

National tour this fall - check for concerts in your area.

review by Michael Debbage

Bordered by countries such as Spain, Italy, Turkey and the northern continent of Africa, the Mediterranean Sea embraces both placid and provocative cultures that ultimately beckons the exotica factor. This disc is appropriately entitled, empowering images that describe the musical world of Benise. Though largely flamenco based, Benise has a carnival salsa feel to it giving the music a very authentic foundation. Add the balladry of Benise and the results are a musical kaleidoscope of celebration and romance.

Mediterranea exudes professionalism from packaging to production to performance - as does the website. Benise is a self-taught guitarist who has been playing since he was 11. His influence is largely flamenco yet, much like his peers Jesse Cook and Johannes Linstead, the music is very melodic and accessible [and] also incredibly authentic.

Benise is equally comfortable in commemoration as well as the festive factor. However, things kick off in a wild fashion courtesy of the opening track "Rhumba Rhumba" that is utterly enthusiastic. What a thumper it is with its stop and start themes. Keep your feet still... I just dare you to try! While not quite as vigorous, the gorgeous "Santa Barbara" has a wonderful liquid flow to its rhythm section bringing to mind the vivid memories of a gentle bike ride along the elegant coastline and sandy beaches of Santa Barbara. Much like its colorful and classy downtown, the song mirrors its subject. Anyone up for a road trip? It will take you there in an instant.

But no need to stay on the mainland. Take a trip to the exotica, courtesy of the very internationally flavored "Guitaria" that gives Benise an opportunity to flex his amazing guitar technique.

Equally adept with more reflective moments, Benise show their tender side courtesy of the stylish "Montserrat" and the almost folksy title track. If this laid back theme is more [to] your liking, skip forward to the closer "Bridges Of Sigh," which includes the cello work of Martston Smith adding an almost classical metamorphism with flamenco themes. Now that is an utterly unusual integration but it works.

Frankly, there is very little that does not work for Benise. Although Benise is the anchor and attraction who produces, writes and arranges, this does not take away from the cohesive band support presentation. And Mediterranea is conclusive proof that Benise is a group that has the promises of being a major player in the growing genre of flamenco based artists. Move over Jesse Cook and Johannes Linstead, as there is a new kid on the block.


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This is wonderful. We love the feeling of being back in Mexico. Thanks so much you're great.

Lani Stacks, San Diego, CA

I saw Benise's Concert THE NIGHTS OF FIRE here and wanted one of his other CD's that is not on the market yet. I ordered MEDITERRANEA. It is another fantasic collection of Spanish Guitar by Roni Benise with a slightly softer tone that is a nice balance to NIGHTS OF FIRE. He is a recently new addition to the community of music and in time this year will be rising to the top level!


Fantastic CD!!!!!
Un CD da ascolto veramente spettacolare!!! Trascinante!!

Benise e la sua chitarra fanno veramente scatenare un sacco di emozioni!!

Uno dei miei CD preferiti.

Ciao Pietro


Unreal -- romance and fire to the ears, heart and soul!
Mediterranea has the magical effect of transporting the listener into a dream, to the passionate shores of a far-off land.

walter and elsa ofarrill

fantastico enrriquesio mi vida, estamos enamorados del talento, coriografia , el estilo es unico nos entregan sus almas en cada cancion,que dios los bendiga hoy y siempre.ojala pronto esten en los angeles, yo los vi en el greek theater
los amamos elsa y walter un beso a todos..


wonderful & worth every penny
enjoy and love it to death.


Outstanding performance again!
Benise does it again! The music just sweeps you away to another place, unbelieveable! Filled with rich harmonies and heart pounding rhythms, Benise produces another must-have for anyone who appreciates passionate music.


Not my type of music, but I couldn't stop listening!
I don't normally listen to the this type of music. My wife introduced me to this CD and the CD Spanish Nights recently, and I was amazed with how intriqued I was by the music. In fact, I like it so much that I bought tickets for us to attend the upcoming show. Great sound!

joyce pugh

this was a gift to my Mother and she really loved it
The person that received this had seen Roni on pbs and loved him so I figured it would make a great gift and it was !!! thank you

Mario Léveillé

Viva Flamenco
This CD make me fly from winter into Mediterranea.

I close my eyes, listen & just feel great!

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