Barcelona Guitar Trio – Entre Dos Aguas
Barcelona Guitar Trio consists of 3 guitarists: Xavier Coll, Luis Robisco, and Ali Arango. They themselves as individual artists are not very famous. These three guys behave and act exactly how flamenco artists shouldn’t..! This is absolutely a classical approach to guitar performing. They are so stiff, that I sometimes wonder why did they bother to make a video at all. Because the photo would do just fine in their case. As they barely move on the scene, you often have a feeling that the image froze for a brief moment… 🙂 Classical guitar in my humble opinion – also shouldn’t be performed in this way. Nothing should be done in this way. If I might add, this is not art – this is a fear of it.
Barcelona Guitar Trio
sounds quite good, on the other hand. It is beyond belief that besides their appearance and attitude, the musical result is nothing short of stunning. But I guarantee you that they go through some really heavy arguments if any of them gets 2 minutes late to the rehearsal. I finished my guitar studies in Barcelona, and with my colleagues – it was exactly like that. That is the world I precisely run away from. I know that a big part of classical guitar (that I adore, and have dedicated my life to (up to a certain point) is coming from PRECISELY THIS CITY. I know that the world of the guitar I fell in love with, comes from this neighborhood also. But as I might have mentioned, I HATE THIS TYPE OF APPROACH to music. I hate this stiff approach to living.
Barcelona Guitar Trio
is performing flamenco pieces like classical guitar pieces. They have Entre Dos Aguas written as notes, and they read the score on performances. It’s nothing short of amazing that the result is NOT stiff as they themselves are. Their entire February 2003 is booked. So, they, in fact, did the only thing possible – they “practiced the inspired playing”. On their faces, it’s obvious that they experience NOTHING as they perform. For this guitar trio, performing flamenco is like performing American Pop Rock, or Heavy Metal. It is something culturally very far away from their nationality and heritage.
It really shouldn’t be like that, because they should have a feeling for the flamenco by growing up in a flamenco environment… Now that I said it – well, I do not think so…! They live in Catalunya, which is another universe compared to Andalusia, to be honest. So, on one hand, we are lucky they have a heavy respect for Paco De Lucia. On the other – their attitude towards flamenco – well, let’s not mention it, better… Just enjoy… Cheers…