WE REGRET THAT THE FELAH MENGUS FOUNDATION, THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS, FAGIC & ERIAC FUNDING HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS ARTIST DUE TO HIS REFUSAL TO SIGN LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACTS.
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AUTHENTIC FLAMENCO GUITARIST
An Artist who captures the history, culture and expression of the original Felah Mengus peoples, the heart and soul of traditional Flamenco.
THE HISTORY OF FLAMENCO
The history of flamenco is founded upon the original ‘wandering peoples’ or Felah Mengus, who migrated from India, North Africa and the Middle East over 3,000 years ago. Sweeping up into Eastern Europe, and westwards into Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, settling in their diverse gypsy communities and bringing with their cultures, their traditions and their music.
Flamenco, is the very expression of the self, the soul and the heart of the individual; dance, song and music are wholly improvisations of expression from the individual to the very heart of those who witness it. The passion and authenticity of those with the gift of flamenco reaches into the depths of the human heart like no other art form.
Flamenco Guitarist & Composer
Born 6th January 1981 in Bucharest, Romania (38)
Domiciled: Barcelona, Spain
Early Life: At the age of 13 he’d been through his Classical Guitar studies at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest, under Liviu Georgescu. At the age of 14 he won First Prize at the Classical Guitar Festival in Craiova, Romania. Considered by all who taught him to be a natural Classical and Flamenco guitar player, he progressed rapidly.
Professional studies and work: At the age of 20, in love with the Flamenco Guitar, he decided to go to Rotterdam to start to specialise in the Art of Flamenco Guitar under the Maestro Paco Peña, and studied for 2 years at the Rotterdam Conservatoire.
In 2003 he moved to Barcelona to continue to study under Maestro Manuel Granados at the Barcelona Conservatoire.
He has performed in Munich, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Naples, Bogota, Colombia, Spain and Romania. He has appeared in concert for Television in Spain and Romania.
He is constantly in demand in Barcelona and performs with prestigious Flamenco singers and dancers, as well as a duo with his wife, and as a soloist.
As soloists and as a duo, Gogoanta and Díaz Romero are stunning in their original compositions as well as their traditional repertoires. Every performance is spine-tingling, reaching the very hearts of those who witness it. They create a mysterious silence into which they bring the very Spirit of Flamenco with their duende, leaving audiences changed, spellbound, moved.
REVIEW OF SERIES OF CONCERTS FOR TELEVISION 2020
Strength, sweetness, grace, virtuosity. These are the key words one might think of while listening to Gogoanta’s dreamlike Guitar. His playing blends dramatic color and prolific fantasy, with deep knowledge of all the Flamenco roots and an amazing technical mastery.
His virtuosity and authenticity blossomed and he has become generally acknowledged as a genuinely brilliant Musician, master of both Solo Guitar and the Art of accompaniment for Voice or Dance.
He has played in all the peñas Flamencas. He has accompanied many famous Singers, including El Mantecao, Gloria Mateo, Alba Guerrero, and Dancers including Nacho Blanco, Juan Mateo, Antonio Alaya, Cristina Blanco, Isaac Barbero, Eva Santiago and Eli Alaya.
He worked with the Nuria Ventura Dance Company, being invited to join their Tour of Columbia. He holds numerous Solo Guitar and Cante and Guitar Workshops and Concerts in Barcelona, Seville, Huelva, Bilbao and Santander.
His great musicianship is amplified by exuberant creativity and an intense sensitivity. While deeply rooted in the emotional and cultural Flamenco traditions, Gogoanta always finds a fascinating way to lend an inimitable, distinctive mark to his interpretations. His guitar reaches beyond musicality to find invisible threads that lead directly to the hearts of the audience.
One never ceases to be amazed by his dazzling technique, his fresh harmonies or variations. His passion is contagious. It boils in the blood. And that’s Pure Flamenco!
“Gogoanta, elegant, sober, flamenco with passion, technical and clear, with a respectful and polite touch. Very good job. Universal without a doubt. Exceptional video quality. I really liked it.“
Review by Carlos Romagosa, Barcelona, August 2021