It’s kind of funny that I picked flamenco violin to investigate. Most people haven’t even heard that it exists, but for some reason I just figured…why not!? It’s like I was blindfolded and found my way instinctively across a busy street! A friend of mine and Giovanni’s, Chris, showed me some of his flamenco CDs and told me about flamenco-world.com. The one interview on flamenco-world.com with Ara Malikian is what started me on the search of who was out there in the flamenco violinist world…if that even existed!
The following are violinists (or bowed string players) that I found by…
a) searching the musicians database on flamenco-world.com, esflamenco.com, and deflamenco.com
b) asking around in Madrid and looking in the Guía del Ocio. One of the guitar luthiers (José Romero) had a musicians database that listed just Ara Malikian and David Moreira under flamenco violinists.
c) Granada (Gran Vía Discos flamenco store). I asked the clerk…”show me the flamenco violinists,” and her reply was…”Well…Ara Malikian…He’s the only one!” (Later I find out, he’s practically the only SOLO flamenco violinist…many of the others collaborate with other musicians/groups, or kind of freelance and experiment with it).
d) Other websites like http://www.violinist.com, http://www.myspace.com, http://members.aol.com/catalinas3/buenamusica.htm, and http://www.quepasamontreal.com/
** Ara Malikian (Armenian, moved to Spain in 1999) [Sample recordings: De La Felicidad and Manantial]
** Bernardo Parrilla (Born in Cádiz of Gypsy family, brother plays flute in flamenco.) [Sample Recording: Tomatito’s Guitarra Gitana ]
** David Moreira (plays for Casa Patas tablao) [Sample DVD: Casa Patas – Furia Maya].
** Luca Ciarla (from Italy, violinist.com, lucaciarla.com) [Sample Recording: Rosso Gitano]
** Laurence Stevenson (Roger Scannura and Ritmo Flamenco, http://www.myspace.com/laurencestevenson, http://www.myspace.com/rogerscannura) [Sample Recordings: ¡encore! and Noche Flamenca].
**Kristin Molnar She’s got quite the biography! (Born in Paris to Hungarian and Roma/Gypsy parents and began violin at age 4. Has been featured with flamenco group in Montreal, Peña Flamenca. http://www.myspace.com/kristinmolnar).
Alexis Lefevre (Born in Paris, raised in Italy, 2000 moved to Seville)
Jallal Chekkara (violin, lute, cante)(Moroccan (Tetouan), father and grandfather very involved with the music scenes in Morocco and Andalusía)
Nicasio Moreno (cello, 1989 Arte y Artistas, Catalina’s page)
Batio (cello, listed in Casa Patas flyer).
Faiçal Kourrich (found on esflamenco.com. A Moroccan violinist who has collaborated on some flamenco works).
I have had the pleasure of being able to communicate through emails with Roger Scannura, Luca Ciarla, and Kristin Molnar, and hope to be able to talk with them more along with contact a couple other players!
I’ll write more about their playing in the future!
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