Exquisite Eduardo puts flamenco in spotlight

Eduardo Niebla guitar virtuoso Old Town Hall May 2013
Eduardo Niebla guitar virtuoso Old Town Hall May 2013

Over a career that spans four decades, guitar virtuouso Eduardo Niebla has been acclaimed for bringing flameno to the fore and adding to it a jolt of jazz.

His highly lyrical and passionate style, which also explores Indian, Arabic and classical music, is renowned for creating both an electrifying and poignantly poetic feast of music.

And he’s returning to the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday night to show off his skills.

Born in Tangiers in 1955, Eduardo fled with his family to Spain in 1960 and grew up in Girona, not far from Barcelona. The guitar proved both a refuge from his impoverished background, and his escape.

Over the years he has collaborated with artists from all over the world – jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Indian maestros Nishat and Wajahat Khan, flamenco bass pioneer Carles Benavent, Palestinian oud player Adel Salameh, and even pop megastars like George Michael and Craig David.

He’s even worked with a brass band to create a collection of pieces inspired by the landscape of North Yorkshire.

And his touring schedule is global in its reach as well, with appearances in Egypt, India, Georgia, London’s prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as the Glastonbury Festival.

Since 1974 he has released more than 20 albums and now produces work – including his latest release Mr Gypsy Waltz – at his own studios.

Saturday’s concert starts at 8pm, and tickets are £14 (£12 concessions, £9 Dacorum Card holders).

You can book online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk or call 01442 228091.