Juan Martín – Guitar Maestro – CD/Download Press Release + ADDITIONAL UK CONCERTS


CDFV17 (Bar Code 5023100191725) UK Distribution via Proper Music
4 CD/Hard Jewel-Case/Budget Price (UK retail around £17.99)/Commercial Release Date April 5th 2019


Kings Place (Hall 2), London on Sunday 21st July at 7.30pm


Snape Maltings, Aldburgh on Friday 16th August 2019 at 7.30pm


Press tickets can be requested via john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

Review copies of “Guitar Maestro” are still available either as CD or digital download. Just email you request to john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

Concept Information

Presented here are selected recordings from albums released between 1974 and 2015 and are arranged in two parts. Discs 1 & 2 are pure flamenco, while Discs 3 & 4 have compositions in other genres – including collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other musicians. Selected by Juan Martín himself, the recordings are listed mainly chronologically in each pair of CDs.

The booklet identifies all of the albums that the tracks on this compilation are taken from together with informative notes about each piece.

Artist Information

Juan Martín was voted two years running into the top three flamenco guitarists in the world in the American magazine ‘Guitar Player’. Pyrotechnics can be produced by quite a few players, but instinctive musicianship is a rare quality “No flash, just loads of panache.” The Melbourne Age.   His compositional ability in presenting the traditional forms of this mercurial art has led music critics to compare him to Turina, Tárrega and Albéniz.

His guitar sound, whilst lively in the typical timbre also has a richness, clarity and depth of tone which reflects his having projected his instrument unamplified in many of the world’s great halls. One speaks of the Wigmore, Carnegie, Albert, Barbican, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Istanbul’s Cemal Resit Rey, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Australia’s Melba Hall, Sydney’s Conservatoire, San Francisco’s Herbst and many, many others.  His festival appearances include Edinburgh, Bath, Montreux, Adelaide, London Guitar Festival, Seville, Málaga, his city of origin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing and Vancouver.  He has recorded 20 albums and was the first and only flamenco guitarist to make a record with the RPO.

At Sir Roland Penrose invitation, he performed at Pablo Picasso’s 90th birthday celebration when very young which resulted in ‘Picasso Portraits’, an album released in 22 countries simultaneously by Polydor.   Apart from presenting flamenco artists of the stature of Eva la Yerbabuena and Rafael Romero ‘El Gallina’ at the Barbican and Wigmore hall respectively, he has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock and made a superb CD with jazz trumpeter and film composer Mark Isham.

His early influences were Niño Ricardo and later Paco de Lucia in Madrid.  The ‘notes per second’ brigade however don’t interest him musically and he is more likely to draw inspiration from Debussy, Ravel and Falla.  In this sense Juan Martín is a guitarist composer of contemporary music whilst respecting the great tradition.  This has led to him twice performing as soloist with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall.   His guitar method “el Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra” is regarded as the ‘Bible of flamenco’ worldwide and within his lifetime is at least as well-known as Fernando Sor’s book – no wonder The Times referred to him as “Doctor Flamenco” and José Manuel Gamboa the most eminent Spanish flamenco writer and critic, wrote “he has an impeccable technique and is an authentic ambassador of flamenco music throughout the whole world”.


Marketing, Promotion and Further information

This new CD will be fully serviced to UK press and media. Advertising will include BBC Music Magazine.

Interview requests can be accommodated quickly, either in person or by telephone.

Please request a review copy of the CD or press tickets to any of the concerts from john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

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