The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio will feature Boston's critically acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual, percussionist Tupac Mantilla and bassist Brad Barrett while the Julian Lage Group featuring jazz guitarist Julian Lage includes percussionist Tupac Mantilla as well, plus cellist Aristides Rivas, bassist Jorge Roeder and saxophonist Dan Blake. This night should be an unforgettable one.
Juanito Pascual is also the presenter of the concert--and a huge fan of Julian Lage. "I am excited about this event for so many reasons." says Pascual. "For one, Julian is such a remarkable musician that doing this concert feels something like doing a double-bill with Mozart." He adds "The evening will showcase two very different guitarists who are each influenced in contrasting ways by jazz, classical,
Tickets priced at $38.00, 28.00 and $18.00 will are on sale now on line at http://www.feitheatres.com or at the Somerville Theatre Box Office located at 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144. For more information, call: 617-625-
About Juanito Pascual:
"One of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years."--National Public Radio
"Juanito is a kind or Ry Cooder of flamenco guitar--he combines vivid colors, a rich imagination and a yearning, never-satisfied mastery of his art." --Steve Morse, Boston Globe
2012 has brought Juanito Pascual a wealth of tours in the United States, Holland, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Mexico. Pascual also just formed his New Flamenco Trio and with them, toured the United States this past spring. Pascual was also recently the featured artist in The Rock Concerto, a new work by virtuoso classical violinist Alex Markov with performances in Miami, Turkey and Mexico. A Carnegie Hall performance is on the schedule for 2013. In addition, Pascual will be one of the featured artists on the 11-day Prairie Home Companion Mediterranean Cruise hosted by Garrison Keillor in August, this year!
A Minneapolis native, guitarist Juanito Pascual moved to Spain as a teenager and immersed himself in flamenco culture by playing in the subways of Madrid and cutting his teeth on the streets studying with legendary flamenco artists. He moved back to the United States, attended New England Conservatory and subsequently had a string of successes including performing internationally with some of today’s top flamenco, jazz and world music artists, collaborating with Boston-based composer Osvaldo Golijov on his Grammy®-winning opera Ainadamar, performing in prominent Spanish nightclubs and even landing a small part in the movie Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin!
Language of the Heart  is Juanito Pascual’s most recent release and the CD features a virtual “Who's Who” of some of the biggest names in flamenco, jazz and world music.
Touching audiences and musicians from across the musical spectrum, Pascual has performed with Grammy®-winning artists such as jazz pianists like Michel Camilo and Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, percussionist Jamey Haddad, renowned Middle-Eastern musician Omar Faruk Takbilek and Israeli cantor Emil Zrihan. He has worked with a long list of top flamenco musicians and dancers from Spain and the United States including Isaac and Nino de los Reyes, Raquel Heredia, Omayra Amaya, Ramon de los Reyes, Jose Greco II, Sara Erde, La Conja, Carlota Santana, La Repompa de Málaga, Inés Arrubla, Susana di Palma, Chuscales, Pedro Cortes, Roberto Catellón and Caminos Flamencos. Juanito also collaborated on the Grammy®-winning chamber opera Ainadamar by Osvoldo Golijov, which had its debut at Tanglewood in 2003 and featured soprano Dawn Upshaw.
About Julian Lage:
"Mr. Lage sounded almost miraculous whenever he was given a clear lane. A guitarist of extravagant technique, he made each solo feel like an onrushing discovery, reeling off lines and phrases while neatly sidestepping cliché." -Nate Chinen, New York Times
Guitarist Julian Lage appeared at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July this year and Financial Times wrote: "The first featured U.S. guitarist Julian Lage, [is] a rising star whose fluency almost beggars belief. Runs fluttered into the upper register at lightning speed and shimmering scrubs exploded into full-chord resonance. Here Lage was part of a disciplined international chamber quintet whose tonalities were set by alto sax and viola. Highlight was a sedate stroll through elasticized dissonance and the superb rhythmic control of percussionist Tupac Mantilla, whose body-as-drum finale was a teasing masterclass of rhythmic control."
Following his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut Sounding Point, virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage returned in 2011 with the evocative and finely wrought Gladwell - the second effort by his offbeat, eclectic group with cellist Aristides Rivas, percussionist Tupac Mantilla, bassist Jorge Roeder and saxophonist Dan Blake.
Hailed by All About Jazz as "a giant in the making," Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. The Berklee grad gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects: Generations (2004) and Next Generation (2005). Other recent high-profile sideman appearances include Lucky To Be Me and Let It Come To You by longtime friend and close collaborator, pianist Taylor Eigsti. Having reunited with Gary Burton for live engagements beginning in 2010, Julian can also be heard as a member of the "New Gary Burton Quartet" on the forthcoming CD Common Ground (featuring Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez).