Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio graces ToledoWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | email@example.com
Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio will perform at third space/B-Bop Records, Toledo’s fastest growing eclectic music venue. B-Bop Records, one of three cohabitors at third space, has been recent host to unique and highly talented musicians including Time Columns and Paul Stranahan Gong and Singing Bowl Improvisations.
According to Pascual’s website, he is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York’s 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Regattabar, and countless colleges and performing arts centers.
Pascual studied Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he has served as the director of the annual summer Flamenco Institute since 2005. In 2003, Juanito completed his first album of all original flamenco compositions, Cosas en Común, which received critical acclaim and frequent radio play in the U.S. and abroad. In the same year, Juanito collaborated on the Grammy-winning chamber opera Ainadamar by Osvoldo Golijov.
Juanito Pascual is joined in his New Flamenco Trio by percussionist Tupac Mantilla and Brad Barrett on bass. Mantilla brings his energy and rhythm to the group playing a variety of hand percussion instruments. Barrett has a style influenced by groove, classical and world music and, according to Pascual, “gives the trio a real grounded feeling”,
The New Flamenco Trio layers flamenco music with influences Juanito Pascual grew up with, blues, jazz, rock and classical. The first time the trio practiced together, Pascual, in an online video, describes that within the first two measures of the first tune, there was an incredible and affirming energy and electricity generated among them in the room.
This past December, the trio successfully raised over $15,000 in their online Kickstarter campaign to record a new album. They will record with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Rob Griffin (engineer for Paco de Lucia, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, and more). Recording is scheduled to begin three days after their Toledo performance.
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio will perform at third space on Thursday, March 28 at 7pm. Admission is $10 at the door. third space is located at 137 N. Michigan across from the Greyhound station.
For more information about the band visit www.juanitopascual.com .
For more information about the venue visit www.thirdspacetoledo.org and on Facebook.