Flamenco / World / Latin – Las Guitarras de España is a Spanish guitar influenced ensemble that performs and composes traditional and non-traditional music and dance.
“Tantas Cosas,” the fifth CD release by Las Guitarras de Espana, features compositions by longtime collaborator Patricia Ortega. The official record release show (Saturday, June 4) is part of the “Flamenco Collaborations,” a five concert performance series hosted by Las Guitarras, which will take place every other month starting March 26th, 2011 at the Mayne Stage theater in Chicago. “Tantas Cosas” (Many Things) continues to add more musical flavors to the Spanish-guitar based mix, borrowing influences from groups like Café Tacuba, Ojos de Brujo, Concha Buika and home- grown inspirations Rodrigo y Gabriela, Calexico and James Brown. African rhythms, soukous music, pop ballads, driving rock rhythms and jazz can be heard, all infused with traditional flamenco forms. “Tantas Cosas” will be available in May of 2011 and promises to continue the ensemble’s long standing tradition in exploring various grooves and melodic materials from a “world of cultures.”
Las Guitarras de España (The Guitars of Spain) is a “world music” ensemble, with a “Spanish guitar twist,” that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues, and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. From the start, the ensemble has presented traditional Spanish guitar music along with traditional flamenco forms in collaboration with music and musicians from other genres and cultures. The ensemble has sought to unite music, dance, travel, poetry, and culture in recordings and performances.