Maria Zemantauski | Under the Lemon Tree

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Under the Lemon Tree

by Maria Zemantauski

Flamenco and classical style nylon guitar fusion.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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1. Rumores de la Caleta
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2. Midnight in Gibraltar
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3. River Street
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4. Sundina's Dance
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5. Chanteuse
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6. Vals Solitaire
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7. Winter
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8. Under the Lemon Tree
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9. Paprika
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10. Recuerdos de la Alhambra
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11. Amazing Grace (for Donna)
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Album Notes
Voted "Best Flamenco Guitarist 2007" by the Albany Times Union
Metroland Magazine's 2005 AND 2007 "Best Acoustic Guitarist" is Maria Zemantauski!


"While there's no denying that Maria Zemantauski is the region's preeminent flamenco guitarist, and is arguably one of the world's finest practitioners of Spain's most passionate music to boot, the thing that continues to blow our minds is how that doesn't seem to be enough for her. In solo and a variety of ensemble performances over the past year, Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it."

Under the Lemon Tree is Maria's third cd release and once again this guitar music is a fine fusion-style treat! From the traditional flamenco-style sounds of 'Midnight in Gibraltar' and 'Paprika' to the banjo-bluegrass-inspired 'River Street', prepare yourself for a musical journey into the possibilities of the nylon-string guitar--although you will swear you hear more than 6 strings!

Keeping with tradition and always respecting her roots, Maria has also recorded two masterpieces from the classical repertoire, 'Rumores de la Caleta' by Isaac Albeniz and 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' by Francisco Tarrega, which she arranged as a guitar and domra duet with the Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed. Oh....and top it all off with perhaps the most soulful instrumental rendition of 'Amazing Grace' you've ever heard!


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K. Kuzawski

Wonderful blending of classical flamenco and individual style, good intro to art
On Maria Zemantauski's first cd, "Mrs. Laughinghouse," listeners who had not caught one of her shows in Upstate New York, at the Michigan Women's Music Festival, or at one of the many universities where she had been invited to perform and lecture, were introduced to the artist's unique Flamenco style: classical guitar music that, while within the framework of the genre, brought something new to the table. Maria, one of the few female classical flamenco guitarrists performing today, "plays like a girl." And a hip, modern girl at that! On ML, Maria walks the fine line between her musical heritage and her vision of its future.

On her second cd, "Seeing Red," Maria pushed the bounderies of flamenco into the wider realm of world music. While ML consisted of Maria and her guitar (though it often sounds like much more), SR expands from this format with Afro-Carribean and Middle Eastern influences and several guest artists, who at times take center stage.

Now, on her third album, "Under the Lemon Tree," Maria takes another new direction. While this album is undoubtedly rooted in classical Spanish guitar, and many pieces would not be out of place in a era long past, Maria once again exhibits her unique ability to experiment with other forms of music without losing touch with her musical foundation.

The album opens with a beautiful classical piece by Isaac Albeniz, "Rumores de la Caleta," and the original composition "Midnight in Gibraltar," which both showcase the seeming ease with which Maria navigates the many moods of the genre, with it's changes of tempo, flourishes, and quick stops. The third track, "River Street," diverges from the flameco style, and is the first hint of the new tack Maria will take on this cd: a foray into American traditional music. What begins as a slow piece full of languid anticipation quickens in pace until, by the end, the playing is near-frenzied; throughout the piece, the musical references to unadulturated Appalachian finger-picking are in abundance.

The fourth track, "Sundina's Dance," lets the listener catch their breath to this charming purely Spanish sounding piece. This is followed by "Chanteuse," which in tone is very much in line with Maria's original works on "Mrs. Laughinghouse," right down to the artist's guitar-slap percussion. "Vals Solitaire" also hearkens back to ML, but to Maria's slower-paced pieces, full of dramatic tension. "Winter" starts out slow and romantic, crescendoing into a high-powered middle bridge before settling back down in a meditative groove.

The album's title track is a gorgeous flamenco piece, full of heated passion, anticipation, and excitement. The kind of song to which the handsome bullfighter will tango with his forbidden lover and begin a doomed love affair! "Paprika" is another spicy Spanish piece, followed by Francisco Tarrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra." This otherworldly piece manages to be relaxing and haunting at the same time, and is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The cd finishes with an incredible interpretation of "Amazing Grace (... for Donna)", which after a tantalzing intro, segues into the well-known standard. While there are some classical underpinnings to the intro, the melody is played again in old American style, with a depth rarely heard in such a well-worn, taken-for-granted tune.

If you liked Maria's earlier albums, definately buy this cd. If you have never listened to Maria before, "Under the Lemon Tree" would be a great introduction to her work, with it's variety of styles and levels of intricacy.

CD Baby


Maria Zemantauski has a striking talent for fusing flamenco, its heart and soul and voice, with many other stylistic colors as contrasting to flamenco as banjo and bluegrass-inspired tunes, folk blues and fingerstyle influence. With her tastes and personality guiding the way, Maria's "Under the Lemon Tree" stalks the wild heart of Spain's romance and passion through her fiery but nimble touch and through her understanding of where the music sits in the larger musical world. We are left with a landscape of an album, one that reaches beyond the familiar but which honors the tradition. This is one very exciting and promising album.

Dumot Pierre

endiablée
Incroyable, cette femme a un rythme exceptionnel
Le cd est superbement bien enregistré, l'ouverture est très bonne.

carlos

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This woman is exceptional. I love this.
The quality is out of this world. It is almost as though she isn't really American. It sounds so un-American. She is not a slouch.

Jose Maria Urman

IF YOU ENJOY FLAMENCO YOU WILL BE CAPTIVATED
I AM OF SPANISH ORIGIN AS I LISTENED TO HER PLAYING IT REMINDED ME OF THE GREAT FLAMENCO ARTIST FROM MY NATIVE LAND. MARIA IS EXCELLENT AND THE RECORDING QUALITY IS ALSO UP THERE. I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS WORK I AM CONSIDERING PURCHASING ANOTHER OF HER PREVIOUS RECORDINGS. BRAVISIMO!

mariesa-lize etienne

I love her new cover and the music is just as beautiful as ever
Thankyou again Maria, you shall end up in my collection.