DIEGO AMADOR, A MAXIMUM EXPONENT OF THE NEW FLAMENCO PRESENTS “SOY DE LAS 3000” (“I AM OF the 3000”)
MARCH 8, 2017
As a pianist to Diego Amador, they call him “El Ray Charles Gitano”, for that free and vigorous spirit with which he plays the piano. As Cantaor Flamenco, it has become known to sing a wide progression of flamenco palos or claves.
This combination of performer and exceptional musician has been his passport to collaborate with the greatest flamenco stars such as Tomatito, Camarón de la Isla, Diego El Cigala and Remedios Amaya among others.
“… I can not stop listening to Diego Amador’s album. It’s as if one dares to talk to aliens. Handles another message, because the piano acquires a hypnotic mystery, coming from centuries and an outcast world. ”
Luis Alberto Spinetta
“Soy de las 3000” is an innovative record where Diego Amador puts his flamenco voice to Latin rhythms.
At the end of 2016 was presented the first cut of the album, La Sandunguita, with the participation of
Oscar D’León, and the first video clip was born -> https://goo.gl/yNwuNc
Together with Alejandro Sanz recorded Give me the chair where I waited for you, a musical flare where two of the most honored voices of the Hispanic world draw a pentagram in which the new flamenco shines in its maximum splendor.
The album has two tracks of its own. SOY DE LAS 3000, which is a tribute to his family and his experiences as a child, and Brings Me the Air, two flamenco rumbas with the perfect seal of Amador. The CD, also includes The Son of the dawn. An emotional song that had already recorded two decades ago with the popular Cuban artist Omara Portuondo and, for this occasion Diego renews it with a brilliant solo performance.
In El Alma al Aire and Dos Gardenias, it is evident that the boundaries of various musical genres are diluted giving way to a musical horizon where good music and the purest feeling passionately embrace.
A LITTLE HISTORY…
His passion for music arose almost at the same time that he learned to speak, when his father taught him his first flamenco notes, while carrying him as a baby.
As a member of a gypsy community, his childhood became a musical canvas where Diego, family and neighbors communicated music in the open. “We all gathered,” he recalls, “armed with guitars, to sing and simply to make music, until the night sheltered us with its universe full of stars and flamenco rhythms,” he added.
When he was five years old, when his hands could not yet fully grasp the neck of the guitar, he stretched them as far as he could to play the first chords. With that same spontaneity soon came the other instruments: drums, bass and – of course – the piano.
“I went to school very little. Enough to learn to read, write, basic math, “he says. His greatest university came in his passion for art. Also this was his best armor since he lived in one of the most marginal neighborhoods of Seville, Spain: The Neighborhood of 3,000 homes. So while many young people got lost in the drug world, Diego spent long hours locked in his house playing music. There and so began to emerge also his first compositions.
In adolescence two of his older brothers, Raimundo and Rafael Amador formed the mythical group Pata Negra, which became famous in the 80’s for its fusions of flamenco, rock and blues. Diego watched them whenever they left and he became the star of the night when sporadically he was invited to play the drums being only a child that did not even reach the pedals.
At the age of nineteen, the opportunity arose for his first album called Anticipo Flamenco, an opening of what would be a new door for the new flamenco piano of the moment. This work was produced by Ricardo Pachón, the most influential producer in this genre. In spite of its youth, in this project it prevailed its undeniable passion by the jazz and the piano.
In the later albums, El aire de lo puro and Piano Jondo, he showed off his own way of playing the piano, as if it were a guitar, which has become his great label and has led him to be known as a great Master of flamenco piano.
By this time also and thanks to his powerful flamenco voice, Diego Amador gained notoriety with his versatile vocalizations, awakening in his listeners a horizon of emotions where the ferocious and the magical find a perfect harmony. This free and fascinating style was captured in his album Rio de los Canasteros, with which he obtained his first nomination for the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Flamenco Album”. Then came his Live in Paris / Flamenco Jazz Tribute (2012), his big tribute to the great masters who have given him the inspiration.
For 2013, when he recorded his sixth album, Scherzo Flamenco, and the international press called him “one of the most brilliant flamenco pianists of all time.”
Between one record and another, he always found time to share the stage with important icons of music such as Chick Corea (considered one of the top jazz piano voices), guitarist Pat Metheny, legendary bassist Charlie Haden, as well as Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, among many others.
In 2016, it marked the beginning of a new musical stage in Diego’s artistic career. From the hand of renowned Cuban musician and arranger Alain Pérez explores the world of salsa and Latin rhythms and encourages his return to the studio. Miami was the inspiration to produce his own, this, his most biographical album: SOY DE LAS 3000.