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2011 Flamenco! Flamenco!
Ricardo Garcia's Flamenco Flow
Ole! Music becomes dance and dance becomes music. Ricardo Garcia takes the audience on an intimate journey of emotion, passion and exceptional musical dexterity with supreme flamenco guitar, cajon, castanets and dance. Adding to the air of authenticity was the freak warmth of this particular Scottish evening, transporting us from Edinburgh to Andalusia, with the heat (and sweat) radiating from the stage with every move. The guitar is a central theme, pulling the entire piece together; whilst playing solo, Garcia's fingers are mesmerising, as though dancing around the strings. Particularly impressive are the synchronised dance sequences, exactly in time with the musical arrangement. Each movement produces sound, transforming dancer's bodies into instruments. The cast of three maintains striking energy levels throughout.