96-page hardcover book printed on artbook-quality paper with 46 photos, lyric transcriptions, cultural and regional histories, artist biographies, and a glossary. Hardcover book dimensions: 9.25" x 6.25" x .5" Weight: 14 oz. In 2015, New York-based producer David Aglow traveled to Spain searching for the roots of flamenco. At the time he set out on the recording project, a local newspaper wrote about Aglow's mission and referred to him as "an American in love with flamenco." It is his passion and drive to document the most authentic flamenco traditions of today that propels our new release "Bolinus Brandaris: Flamenco from the Bay of Cadiz.”Bolinus Brandaris takes the listener to the Bay of Cadiz, which is often referred to as cuna del cante (cradle of song). This southernmost part of mainland Spain is considered the birthplace and heartland of flamenco, where many song styles originated then radiated out through the rest of Andalusia. Expertly recorded with modern technology in informal and natural environments, this is flamenco culture as it is being lived today. Generally speaking, modern flamenco recordings have often missed the mark for two reasons: either they were live recordings in which the recorded sound was a by-product of a staged concert event, or they were studio recordings that leaned heavily on studio techniques to make the music sound contemporary (i.e. isolation booths, added effects, multi-tracking). Bolinus Brandaris gives flamenco's fundamental elements – voice and guitar – their overdue spotlight. By excluding the often-overemphasized component of flamenco dance, this release provides context which will enrich any flamenco experience.As an artist with whom we worked said: "A singer, a guitar player, and a bottle of wine on the table – that's flamenco." And that kind of intimacy and immediacy is what these recordings are –flamenco where it lives: in the bars, social clubs, restaurants and homes of the people who have lived it all their lives. The recording engineers and producers embedded in those environments and organized sessions that produced audiophile-quality recordings of the magic of flamenco, far removed from the pageantry of the stage and the sterility of the studio. Serve up some sherry, a bit of regional cheese, close your eyes and it is almost like you're there.
1. Trini de la Isla, Juani de la Isla, and Jesus Castilla – “Alegría”
2. Ana Polanco and Victor Rosa – “Malagueña”
3. Pedrín de la Isla and Victor Rosa – “Seguiriya”
4. Trini de la Isla, Jesus Castilla, and Juani de la Isla – “Bulería”
5. Jesus Guerrero – “Rondeña”
6. Jesus Castilla and Juani de la Isla – “Soleá”
7. El Niño del Parque – “Saeta”