Last night Mrs F and I and four other friends went to see Juan Martin live at The Brook Theatre in Chatham. Firstly again The Brook is a lovely little venue, the old Town Hall with a fantastic sound and feel.
Juan Martin was just stunning. Now I really only know him from his Picasso Portraits album from years ago where as a tribute to Picasso he wrote pieces inspired by the masters great works and fused it with a modern rhythm section. A really really good album and was for a while a regular on my old turntable.
Juan knows flamenco inside out. He talked of the history of different regions and influences, his influences in writing his pieces and what he tries to bring into them. Many times I was just lost in the music and not sat in cold November Kent but in sunny warm Andalusia!
He used a new guitar for all tracks bar one built for him by Stephen Eden for Lewes. Frankly just stunning sounding guitar. Fantastic night all over.
(Thanks to P Shannon for the photo)