Tuesday, 16th November
8:00pm – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €16 / Concessions: €14 / Friends of the FG: €13
The frontiers of genre are always present in popular music. They fulfil a necessary function, because it is essential to know where the styles and musicians come from, as well as their emotions and their convictions. However, more and more artists are emerging who cross these borders with astonishing ease. Young yet marvellously mature Cádiz-born musician Antonio Lizana stands out among all of them in a very special way.
His is probably the most unique voice in today’s flamenco jazz scene. More than anyone else, and with unusual autonomy, his work is commendable, discovering the depths of sound of two expressive resources that are so different to one another, so incompatible because they cannot be played simultaneously, as the human voice and the saxophone. And, above all, when you listen to him, you get the feeling that the artist has learned to use formulations rooted in the deepest and most melodious flamenco singing traditions, while, as far as jazz is concerned, he has received academic training from Jerry Bergonzi, Perico Sambeat or Jim Snidero, among many others.
His track record merges tradition and modernity. And, above all, it has that euphoric intercultural instinct that makes it possible for him to work with José Mercé, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Domínguez, Becca Stevens, Josemi Carmona, Rancapino, Raimundo Amador or Guillermo McGill, just to mention a few. Only in this way can we understand the exemplary inner journey that, as a creator, he always proposes in his music, brimming with geographical and emotional suggestions threaded through a storyline that traces the complex vocal and instrumental calligraphy that he unfolds in each performance.
This is Antonio Lizana’s first visit to the official line-up of JAZZMADRID, where he will be presenting “Una Realidad Diferente”, his most recent album. Nine compositions that evince a deeply flamenco inspiration on which the artist has imprinted a contemporary treatment that invites listeners who approach his music to travel through the territories of jazz and soul. “Una Realidad Diferente”, the fourth album in the artist’s career, provides, for the time being, a happy ending to an adventure that began in 2012 with the release of “De Viento”, continued in 2015 with “Quimeras del Mar”, and then surprised everyone with “Oriente” in 2017. All very different recordings that reflect a complex world full of stylistic overlaps, although everything becomes perfectly clear when Antonio walks out on stage and does his thing in the company of his fellow musicians.