25 august | 19:45 h | Ezpeleta palace

Rafael Riqueni


A 90-minute performance, somewhat longer than the rest of the artists programmed in this setting, with a legend of contemporary flamenco guitar who has been enjoying a new golden age in a palatial setting for a few years now. This is what Rafael Riqueni will be performingat one of the most eagerly awaited events of the ninth edition of Flamenco On Fire: Intimacy in abundance and extreme beauty from the heart of Ezpeleta.

Rafael Riqueni’s sonanta, above all, counts. He puts music before technique and creates, if necessary, new chords to convey the message. His discourse is a display of emotion that escapes from the staves. The soul unfolded in tremolos. Parpeos and fountains, sounds of rocks with invented textures, and streets that pass through a memory forever shared.

This flamenco from Triana went to classical music to drink. And between the falsetas of Niño Ricardo and the beauty of Isaac Albéniz he found his just measure. He is one of the most important guitarists of recent decades. His work, a Guadiana of comings and goings without superfluous adornments, harbours a legacy that in albums like ‘Juego de niños’, ‘Alcázar de Cristal’, ‘Maestros’, ‘Parque de María Luisa’ and his most recent ‘Herencia’, boasts creativity. Pure musical eloquence whose precociousness made him rub shoulders with the best from the beginning: from Martirio to Morente via Isabel Pantoja and a long etcetera.