Ventura Music Festival

Twanguero

7/13 at 8:00 pm

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Twanguero

Spanish guitar phenomenon                       Friday, July 13 ~ 8:00 pm
Ventura College Performing Arts Center         ~ 4700 Loma Vista Road | Ventura


Diego Garcia
          │guitar & vocals
Moises Baqueiro     │bass
Brian Griffin           │drums
Danilo Torres          │percussion           

Diego Garcia, a double Latin Grammy© winner, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, serves up a “rockabilly mambo” of blues, rock, Flamenco and Latin Twang for a genre-mashing experience with his trio that is playful, slinky, cool and a little haunting all at the same time. He will also perform solo acoustic guitar sets that reflect his vast music vocabulary.  His discography includes a trilogy of past CDs—Brooklyn Session, Argentina Songbook and Pachuco. Spanish Independent Music Awards gave Carreteras Secondarias, Vol. 1 or “Back Roads” its top award for best album of world music in 2018. His latest album Electric Sunset will be released soon.

Moises Baqueiro, a rock en Español “All Stars” bassist on the L.A. club scene, is famous for his work with Los Abandoned and as a touring member with Ceci Bastida and Ximena Sariñana.

Brian Griffin is a deeply collaborative sideman with an encyclopedic knowledge of rock, soul and funk who has recorded with a constellation of singers over years of studio work and has performed at innumerable festivals.

Danilo Torres, percussionist, is a former member of the Chicano rock band Quetzal from East L.A., who has also performed with Tribe of Gypsies.

Twanguero is a portmanteau blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two musical concepts: someone muy tanguero (tango music lover) and an aficionado of “twang,” the guitar sound found in Country Music and Rockabilly.  The impeccable finger picking style of Classical Spanish/ Flamenco guitar is especially on display in Garcia’s solo work, blended with the Latin, indigenous and African rhythms that he absorbed on a five-month “back roads” journey from Chicago to Buenos Aires.

His ensemble work reflects a fascination with the Nashville Sound of Chet Atkins and Bakersfield Sound of Buck Owens, heard over the radio while he was a classical guitar student (beginning at age 6) at the Music Conservatory of Valencia (Spain) under Jose Lázaro Villena, a former student of the illustrious Andrés Segovia.  At age 20, Garcia moved to Madrid and began recording and touring with a variety of Spanish artists; and participated in many television, movie soundtracks and radio recordings in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the U.S.  He moved to New York City in 2006 to engage fully in its music scene and by 2011 had settled in Buenos Aires to create a Tango album and documentary film. Garcia was a guest artist for singer Diego El Cigala’s Sintiendo América tour in 2012, later captured in his CD Romance de la Luna Tucumana that won Garcia a Grammy© as co-producer.


Sponsors:          John Hammer
                        Janet & Mark L. Goldenson
                        Community Memorial Health System

 

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