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Medina

by Roger Scannura

Passionate flamenco guitar in the style of the masters, fused with Afro-cuban rhythms, jazz and north African melodies.
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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4. El Ritmo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Roger Scannura
Flamenco Guitarist/Composer

Canada's pre-eminent flamenco guitar master.


Roger Scannura spent his childhood on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. His early schooling began at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Theresa where he ws tutored in European history, Latin, fine art and art restoration.

He has been immersed in music since early childhood and mastered the techniques and nuances of Flamenco guitar while in Spain under the auspices of Pepe Habichuela and other gypsy masters.

He has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as a Music Director for several flamenco dance companies. He is also a founder of the acclaimed Toronto based dance company Ritmo Flamenco.

Roger Scannura is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited to become a faculty member of the York University Music Department.

Roger Scannura's repertoire consists of 5 great CD's of original music all of which have been received with great critical praise. He is the recipient of the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for composition and award wining documentaries TVO Expulsion & Memory as well as the Canadian FIlm Centre's production of "Marterio."


"...a gifted composer whose music is as beautiful as it is haunting."-The Globe and Mail

"Rarely is Flamenco guitar played so eloquently with just the right amount of passion and grace."-20th Century Guitar Magazine

Contact Information:
Valerie Scannura 416-435-4223
ritmoflamenco@hotmail.com
scannura@yorku.ca


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Jazz Review


Featured Artist: Roger Scannura Ritmo Flamenco

CD Title: Encore

Year: 2004

Record Label: self produced

Style: Gypsy Jazz

Review:
There are a number of impressive guitarists courageous enough to tackle flamenco. Few are as convincing and awe inspiring as Roger Scannura. Encore is a sampler from each of the Toronto-based Malta native’s four releases. Each, judging by this, must be a stunner, as there is nothing here that qualifies as anything less.



The opening “Burnin’ Up” offers handclaps, dancing (Ritmo Flamenco is a Toronto based Flamenco dance company), violin and bass – at least. Unfortunately, there is no credit given to the accompanying players on the disc. The violinist is especially stunning. The guitarist, it goes without saying, is breathtaking. Through the eight tunes that comprise this delightful disc, feet play a prominent role. As with all authentic flamenco, it is a marriage of the guitar and the dancer.



On the gorgeous ballad of “Marissa,” solo guitar takes center stage, though the robust dancing is never tucked too far into the background. The melodic “Summerwine” is heart wrenchingly beautiful. As on “Marissa,” the dancing is accompanist to the player. “Angelica” is a lilting number that showcases guitar work as fine as I’ve ever heard in any context. Again, with no personnel listing on the insert, the players go un-credited. The electric guitar that fills in here is superb.



The classic sounding “El Ritmo” is filled out with infectious clapping and dancing, and “Colmenares,” with its slinky flute accompaniment, along with the dancers, is hypnotic. The closing “Misterio” again is made the more magical by the addition of the violinist, percussion and dancing. This is a must-have for fans of flamenco music.















Reviewed by: Mark E. Gallo


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