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El Dorado

by Luna Blanca

"Best World Album 2012" (9th Annual ZMR Music Awards).
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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1. Los Ojos
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2. El Dorado
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3. Desperado
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4. Medianoche
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5. Guapa
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6. Dos Guitarras
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7. Summer Breeze
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8. Hurry Up
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9. Rio Mamoré
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10. Dreaming
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11. Kolibri
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12. Conquistador
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13. Puesta Del Sol
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14. Desperado (Radio Edit)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
International Nouveau Flamenco ensemble Luna Blanca now leads the way to worldwide prominence by their festive new release entitled El Dorado. The colorful forerunner to Luna Blanca’s newest release was the celebrated flagship album Provence, which in retrospect is, one of the best Nouveau Flamenco releases from coast to coast.

Luna Blanca has in essence ascended to the highest summit as a group, nearing the verge of perfection with their elite signature sound that has carried them to worldwide acclaim. This time around Luna Blanca intensifies their musical fortitude by moving Nouveau Flamenco to new elevations, where no artists before them have reached. The highest latitude of earlier success may be credited to a precise focus on producing energetic song melodies. Created with true passion, it’s only natural Luna Blanca’s vibrant music appeals to a broad multicultural audience.

It was during the past decade when Germany based Luna Blanca attained international status and duly earned their reputation as one of the most popular Nouveau Flamenco ensembles worldwide. The cosmopolitan sound qualities heard in El Dorado express the diverse ethnicity of Nouveau Flamenco with classic sophistication and grace, yet the sunny casual atmosphere remains the greatest defining characteristic of Luna Blanca.

El Dorado is a remarkable new album by the direct presentation of Luna Blanca, and the inherent qualities of artisanship that first began their rise to popularity. It is clear Luna Blanca have their fingers placed on the pulse of today’s popular Nouveau Flamenco style. Masterful in this modern presentation, founding band member and guitarist Richard Hecks, and co-composing pianist Helmut Graebe, select other world-class musicians like brilliant rhythm guitarist Bino Dola, and Clemens Paskert, a dazzling performer on bass guitar, percussion and second part keyboards.

Luna Blanca clearly has a new reason to celebrate in 2012 with the release of El Dorado. When taking into consideration the Top 10 radio chart success, glowing reviews and accolades given to Provence the past year, it’s as if their time for festive celebration is never ending. Luna Blanca has produced an exhilarating wave of excitement with this new project which nearly guarantees El Dorado will be one of the most talked about Nouveau Flamenco albums during the year 2012 and beyond. I can picture another year filled with honor, tribute, and salutations, with all glasses raised in a goodwill toast to Luna Blanca. Cheers!

John P. Olsen – Host of NewAgeMusicWorld.com


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Helena Dee

LUNA BLANCA HAS GREAT GUITARS AND TEXTURED SOUND
The nouveau-flamenco music of LUNA BLANCA is primarily characterized by the lovely acoustic lead guitar melody lines played group founder and former classical guitarist Richard Hecks. Their latest album is EL DORADO, and if you study it, you will notice that most of the tunes feature one or two fast-paced strummed rhythm guitars setting up the traditional flamenco base-sound, often accompanied by toe-tapping percussion, with the beautiful Hecks guitar-picking over the top.

But there is much more to the Luna Blanca sound, especially the piano solos by Helmut Graebe. In addition, you will hear Latin trumpets on several tunes, and here-and-there harmonica, electric guitar, bass, drums, organ and a string quartet, and tidbits of xylophone, whistles, castanets, wordless singing, electric keyboards, acoustic slide guitar and steel drums. And, if you are really paying attention you will notice sound effects including waves, a horse, a gunshot, tolling bells, crickets, water-rapids, hand-claps, coughing and laughing, and a fog-horn.

So sit back and enjoy the overall sound of Luna Blanca with all of its intricate, but highly-enjoyable parts. This is as good as nouveau-flamenco gets these days.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The latest album by internationally renowned German group Luna Blanca is an exhilarating journey through a variety of global music traditions, resulting in a vibrant mariachi/merengue world-fusion sound unlike any other.

Luna Blanca’s unique style consists of Richard Hecks’s lead guitars, Helmut Graebe’s piano and keyboards, Bino Dola’s rhythm and additional lead guitars, Clemens Paskert’s bass, percussion, and additional keyboards, and Christian Landgraf’s additional keyboards.

Using nouveau flamenco as an anchor, Hecks and company fuse together such diverse elements as classical, Latin, European, Hawaiian, reggae, and new age. The result is continually evolving musical hybrids that are infectious and engaging, pulling the listener in and never letting go. The rhythms are tight and the guitars are enticing and seductive.

Although I have favorite tracks, the entire CD is a joy to listen to. This is not only one of the best guitar-based albums ever, but also one of the best records of music in general.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Follow the yearning of your heart
And let the trip begin
The group Luna Blanca, which is established as a top modern flamenco ensemble, invites the listeners in a new exciting but dangerous journey through the beautiful and unknown lands of South America. You can easily relax and follow these vivid melodies.
The album “El Dorado” begins with the energetic and sparkling theme “Los Ojos” that includes trumpets parts and laughing at the beginning of the unusual trip. Then the melodies little by little come to a more calming flow like you drift on the middle of wide and deep river, splashing in its rebellious waves.
All compositions of “El Dorado” are as usual full of beauty. These are sincere melodies originating from the bottom of the artist’s hearts. And they have some more very important features. The compositions of “El Dorado” are very positive and really inspiring.
The artists are not afraid to experiment by adding electric guitar, sound effects, blues harp, string orchestration and even honky-tonk piano to their flamenco music. All this together laced with the lead guitar of Richard Hecks forms the unique style of Luna Blanca.
By the way the word “El Dorado” which is the title of the newest Luna Blanca album is not only the name of the fabled Lost City of Gold in South America and a phrase that has come to mean any ultimate prize, but it is also a symbol of everyone’s search in life for love, wealth, accomplishment and happiness. These meanings fully describe the concept of the project.
“El Dorado” proved that Luna Blanca is the one of most interesting and developing modern flamenco groups in the world. Listen to this album if you are tired of the daily routine and want feel a breath of fresh air.