Crowned by the late maestro Paco de Lucía as the next great flamenco star, Spanish guitarist Vicente Amigo has more than lived up to his promise. Following in de Lucía’s footsteps, he’s forged musical ties with artists around the world, from Sting to Brazilian masters Milton Nascimento and Eliane Elias to jazz guitar innovators including John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola. Born outside of Seville and raised in Córdoba, Amigo began working professionally as a teen, and in 1993, the same year he released his debut album, he was awarded Best Flamenco Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine.
By the time Amigo made his Bay Area debut in 2002, the guitarist’s career was in rapid ascent on the heels of his fourth album, City of Ideas, which had won the 2001 Latin GRAMMY as Best Flamenco Album. Following the imaginative blend of Spanish and Celtic influences on 2013’s Tierra, Amigo returns to a pure expression of the flamenco tradition with his new Sony Legacy release Memoria de los Sentidos (Memory of the Senses). The guitarist’s live performances feature pyrotechnic virtuosity, charisma and copious quantities of that intangible quality of Iberian music called duende, which Amigo explains simply: “If you hurt when you hear it, then it’s duende.”
«He reaches for depth of expression within ultimate precision, and sometimes at frightening speed.» -The New York Times