When you really enjoy music you tend to have a more open mind as far as styles that you can be attracted to without necessarily listening to them all that frequently, or not as frequently say, as your preferred genres, or the albums that get you through over days and weeks. Though no matter what your level of musical appreciation you happen to be at you should at least be able to recognize talent when you hear it, otherwise you’re not listening to music at all, but rather using it as a white noise soundtrack to your life.
Flamenco guitar is not a genre that I would consider myself a huge fan of in the way that I do not flock to it regularly by choice. However it is a genre of music that when I hear it I always appreciate and am transformed by it, and end up telling myself that this is the kind of music that I need to have more of in my life. For anyone else who feels this way about music and in this case flamenco in particular then Musiques de mon monde, vol.3 by the French born composer Arnaud FILLION-ROBIN who performs under the alias Arnito is a great place to start.
The classically trained Arnito has throughout his near twenty year career put out 15 records as a guitarist and composer, along with playing shows all around the world and also teaching and leading guitar clinics in Africa, Japan, Kuala Lumpur and Thailand just to name a few. Arnito has also won a variety of awards for his diverse musical pieces.
On Musiques de mon monde, vol.3 Arnito’s focus is that of Spanish flamenco guitar. The album’s fifteen tracks are wonderfully focused and precise compositions which range from the slow and romantic feel on tracks like “Chemin étoilé” and slow and somber “Kwaheri.” Yet they also stray to the fast paced and dare I say fun tantrums of rustic world music on tracks such as “Puits St Jean” and the purely soulful Latin intensity of “Ecija” infused with grooves that will get even the heaviest feet shuffling around the dance floor.
Musiques de mon monde, vol.3 is a virtual masters class in versatile and challenging style of flamenco music. It is at times sad and beautiful and at others fun and lively. It’s music doing exactly what art in its highest form is meant to do; make you feel something.
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