New videos at Siccas Guitars
I am thankful to Siccas Guitars for the beautiful videos. You can find them by visiting my YouTube channel.
Interview by Simon Sargsyan for JazzBluesNews.Space
Rasgueo´s music is trying to achieve a balance between jazz´s intellectuality and flamenco´s emotionality
New flamenco guitar: Francisco Barba 1966
I had the opportunity to visit once more „Vintage Guitar World“ in Michelstadt during a mini tour in Hessen with „Four Styles“. The flamenco guitar collection there is becoming bigger and more interesting. This time I found there a significant choice of guitars made by some of the best guitar builders such as Gerundino, Miguel Rodriguez, Manuel Reyes, Manuel de la Chica and Francisco Barba. It is such a beautiful experience to play and compare different guitars of greatest value and appreciate the qualities of each one! Though I was not initially interested on buying another guitar, it was impossible to resister to one of the finest guitars I have ever tried, a 1966 Francisco Barba. You can find a short video with this amazing guitar played by myself, by visiting the facebook-page of „Vintage-Guitar-World“.
Rasgueo: Flamenco Festival of Ingolstadt
Rasgueo is gonna give a concert at 19th September 2019 during the 1st Flamenco Festival of Ingolstadt.
Rasgueo´s second Album
The second RASGUEO album, Echo, is out (Galileo-MC). Nine original compositions and an arrangement of Isaak Albeniz´s ASTURIAS. Recorded, mixed and mastered at rbb-Studio Berlin by Maria Suschke (Sound Supervisor), Bernd Bechthold (Sound Engineer) and Ulrich Hieber (Digital Cut). Produced for Kulturradio rbb by Ulf Drechsel.
New flamenco guitar
I have been visiting Vintage Guitar World in Michelstadt and had the opportunity to test several used flamenco guitars. I decided to buy a guitar of the prestigious Hermanos Conde workshop in Madrid.
Conde Hermanos 2009 (2a) signed by Mariano Conde
Recording of a new solo album
I have composed seven original flamenco pieces and the recording is on process. For this album I record with my new Hermanos Conde 2009 flamenco guitar.
Nikos Tsiachris is a guitarist and composer living in Berlin. He was born in 1979 in central Greece and grew up in a small village. Being his father a passionated self-taught guitar player, he grew up listening to guitar music long before he started playing the guitar. Having access to many theory books, music scores and cassette tapes, he began at age of eight studying music and guitar at home. He entered the Municipal Conservatory of Lamia at age of fourteen and in the same year made his first public performance at the student guitar competition of the Volos international guitar festival. In 2001 he graduated classical guitar from the New Conservatory of Music of Thessaloniki. He also held a degree in Musicology from the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
In 2003 he received an Erasmus Scholarship and visited Andalusia, where he spent one academic year studying flamenco guitar, first in Granada and then in Sevilla and Jerez. Since then he was visiting regularly Spain and had several private classes by Rafael Habichuela in Granada. Moving to Berlin in 2005, he made soon a name for himself on the city flamenco scene. In June 2012 he founded „Rasgueo“, a flamenco-jazz quartet formed by Martin Auer (trumpet), Martin Lillich (bass) and Diego Piñera (drum), all three being well-known and influential musicians of the german jazz scene. He composed the music for the first quartet album (Waterfall, 2015, Galileo-MC) and performed in several german jazz clubs. The second quartet album (Echo, 2018, Galileo-MC) is going to be released in November 2018.
Following the tendency of modern flamenco guitarists, almost being forced to compose and perform their own music, he composed nine original guitar pieces and produced a more personal album. „Alcance“ (2017, Galileo-MC) was made in collaboration with eight great musicians, among them Bandolero (percussion) and Yelsy Heredia (bass), both of them having an international reputation. In 2018 he formed a flamenco trio with singer Juan Cárdenas and bassist Tom Auffarth, both of them well-known german-based flamenco musicians and performed in german concert halls and festivals. He is actually producing his second flamenco album, based again on modern guitar own compositions.
Besides composing and performing his flamenco music, he is a regular member of other music projects such as: guitar quartet „Four Styles“, with Ian Melrose (fingerstyle), Rüdiger Krause (jazz) and Heiko Ossig (classical), with whom he recorded the album „Cuatro Estilos“ (2017, Acoustic Music Records), flamenco dance company „Dulce Amargo“ and klezmer ensemble „Harry´s Freilach“.