Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco
|Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Description: Old world gypsy music in the style of the masters fused with afro cuban rhythms.|
|Biography: Roger Scannura Flamenco Guitarist/Composer Canada's pre-eminent flamenco guitar master. Roger Scannura spent his childhood on the Mediterranean Island of Malta. His early schooling began at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Theresa where he ws tutored in European history, Latin, fine art and art restoration. He has been immersed in music since early childhood and mastered the techniques and nuances of Flamenco guitar while in Spain under the auspices of Pepe Habichuela and other gypsy masters. He has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as a Music Director for several flamenco dance companies. He is also a founder of the acclaimed Toronto based dance company Ritmo Flamenco. Roger Scannura is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited to become a faculty member of the York University Music Department. Roger Scannura's repertoire consists of 5 great CD's of original music all of which have been received with great critical praise. He is the recipient of the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for composition and award wining documentaries TVO Expulsion & Memory as well as the Canadian FIlm Centre's production of "Marterio." "...a gifted composer whose music is as beautiful as it is haunting."-The Globe and Mail "Rarely is Flamenco guitar played so eloquently with just the right amount of passion and grace."-20th Century Guitar Magazine Contact Information: Valerie Scannura 416-435-4223 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com|
For Immediate Release
Roger Scannura releases New Disc 'Noche Flamenca'
Canada's acclaimed, pre-eminent flamenco guitarist, Roger Scannura has just released his sixth disc titled 'Noche Flamenca', an homage to Jerez, Spain and the improvised evenings that take place at flamenco gatherings. It is also symbolic of the nomadic life of the gypsies and the importance of family which gives their life continuity.
This is Scannura's most soulful disc to date however, the opening title "Noche Flamenca' starts the album on a note of intensity with the raging compass of the hard driven Bulerias. 'Burning Bridges' is a rumba played in the key of the flamenco Taranta which gives this cut a deep arabic flavour. 'Leyena y Sola' (Soleares) is the root of expression in flamenco and encompasses a wide berth of playing styles. 'En Malaga' is a live cut from a recent tablao-style performance with dynamic castanet and violin accompaniment. Scannura has dedicated several pieces to his family members like 'Santuario por Manuel' and 'El Surco' flamenco dancer daughter, Anjelica.
Accompanying Roger on the disc are Laurence Stevenson playing melodic counterpoint on fiddle and mandola, the strong percussive skills of Kevin 'Quevedo' Smith and the flamenco palmas and castanets are by Scannura's wife, Valeria.
Roger Scannura has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as music director of Ritmo Flamenco Dance & Music Ensemble. He is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited to become a faculty member of the York University Music Department. Scannura's repertoire consists of 5 CD's of original music all of which have been received with great critical praise. He is the recipient of the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for composition and has composed music for award winning documentaries on TVO (Expulsion & Memory) as well as for film.
For inquiries: Roger Scannura 416-763-0181 www.ritmoflamenco.ca firstname.lastname@example.org