“Flamenco Road” was #1 ACROSS CANADA DURING 5 WEEKS ON THE BRAVO TV NETWORK
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Excerpt from the title track of FLAMENCO ROAD.
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JUSTIN TIME RECORDS PRESS RELEASE:
Justin Time welcomes the new signing of Michael Laucke, one of Canada’s greatest guitarists, and one who enjoys an international reputation. In fact, he’s had enough career highlights to cover several lifetimes, and his versatile talent has explored and mastered many musical styles, from classical to flamenco, and from Latin to pop and beyond. A few career highlights: he played at The White House (under the auspices of Senator Claiborne Pell) on several occasions; his illustrious teacher Andrès Segovia choose Laucke, from thousands of candidates, to perform with him in a PBS televised master class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art; and he performed duets with Paco de Lucia, who remained a close friend and followed attentively Michael’s artistic impetus all these years. Talking about “Spanish Guitar Stories“, Michael’s superb recording from 1993, Paco remarked:
“…a very, very beautiful album, all the way through, from A to Z; even my pieces!”
Paco de Lucia
Laucke’s past concert appearances include Wigmore Hall (London); New York’s Carnegie Hall; the Caucus Room of the United States Senate; the Minorities Palace (Beijing), the Tzafta Theatre (Tel-Aviv), and many others. Laucke was a disciple of legendary guitarists such as Segovia, de Lucia, Julian Bream, Alirio Diaz and Rolando Valdès-Blain. Diaz, the biggest authority on classical guitar in Italy (President, Conservatorio di Musica Antonio Vivaldi, Rome), once wrote:
“I like Laucke’s playing because it is full of nuances which come from a very natural musical sensitivity.” Alirio Diaz
Flamenco Road, Michael’s first recording for Justin Time, is also the label’s first multimedia release, as it is enhanced with two videos. The virtuosic Laucke enjoys another distinction – 1981’s Jade Eyes was the first digital recording released in Canada, to worldwide acclaim.
It took more than two hardworking years to complete the Flamenco Road project. The flow and intensity of its ten tracks follows Spanish guitar playing through different genres without ever compromising its luscious expressiveness. From the captivating “Flamenco Road,” Michael’s original, to Paco’s prominent “Between Two Seas,” to the inspired arrangements of Satie’s “Gymnopedies,” this diverse collection is quilted together with sumptuous arrangements and imaginative orchestrations.
This enhanced CD includes exciting interactive live concert footage filmed during his tenth consecutive season at Canada’s most prestigious concert venue, Montreal’s Place des Arts. Also included is the beautiful video “Flamenco Road“, presently in vigorous rotation on several TV networks worldwide.
The Video Clip from ‘Flamenco Road’, Michael Laucke’s latest CD
MICHAEL LAUCKE and the FLAMENCO ROAD Show: excepts from 10th anniversary concert in Canada’s venerated concert venue, Montreal’s “Place des Arts”.
“FLAMENCO ROAD” CD REVIEWS:
- The Journal Pioneer, Prince Edward Island, Canada Dec 20/2001
- La Voz (Spanish) – interview, Montreal, Canada Jan 22/2002
- La Voz (Spanish) – CD review, Montreal, Canada Jan 22/2002
- Outreach Connection , Canada Jan 26 /2002
- Toronto Star – CD review, Toronto, Canada Jan 29/2002
- Echo Vedettes (French), Montreal, Canada Feb 8/2002
- Journal de Montreal (French), Montreal, Canada Feb 9/2002
- Seaway News, Cornwall Canada Mar 1/2002
- Le Courrier, St-Hyacinthe (French), Canada Jul 31/2002
THE FLAMENCO ROAD SHOW PHOTO GALLERY:
Photos from CD jacket
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