THE DREAM OF AVALON
Suite for Flamenco guitar & Orchestra
JOSE LUIS DE LA PAZ
Ithaca is comprised of traditional flamenco structures, such as Fandangos, Solea, Seguiriya and Guajira, whose compositions were inspired by Jose Luis’ visions of a traveler looking for his place in the world. This journey is expressed through each of Avalon’s movement’s, in waves rhythms and textures that heighten the richness of the Flamenco genre.
Jose Luis de la Paz, 1967
Jose Luis is an award-winning guitarist, recognized in all the disciplines of the Flamenco Art. He is a composer, virtuoso and performer whose original compositions range from the most traditional up to the most experimental forms in flamenco music.
He has collaborated with the LA Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and most recently, Rodriguez debuted in Miami a new piece of musical history entitled "Avalon" - Suite for Flamenco Guitar and Orchestra.
In 2016 he was nominated for the US Artist Felloship.
ABOUT THE SUITE
Dos Orillas is a Suite for flamenco guitar and orchestra composed by Maestro Jose Luis Rodriguez with orchestrations by Maestro Alex Conde.
This Suite is divided into 7 independent pieces, each sub-divided into 4 movements; making this 45 minute work one of the longest and most elaborate pieces for Flamenco Guitar and Orchestra.
Avalon is comprised of traditional flamenco structures, such as Fandangos, Solea, Seguiriya and Guajira, whose compositions were inspired by Jose Luis’ visions of a traveler looking for his place in the world. This journey is expressed through each of Avalon’s movement’s, in waves rhythms and textures that heighten the richness of the Flamenco genre.
Alex Conde perfectly understood the musical colors and textures that Jose Luis was seeking, and thus was able to mix elements of the classical and the flamenco in a way that opened the dialog between flamenco and classical musicians with regards to how the two languages can be used simultaneously without one or the other loosing its identity.
“Avalon comes from my own desire to seek ways of bringing Flamenco music to new audiences and spaces just as my mentor, Mario Escudero, did. Through his compositions and his vision of the music, I entered into an understanding of the classical music language, techniques and compositional forms, which greatly influenced my work as a Flamenco guitarist and composer. In Avalon, both languages embrace each other and journey together.
ELENCO - COLLABORATORS
Jose Luis de la Paz (guitar)
Berto Boyd (guitar)
Adolfo Herrera / Sudhi Rajagopal (percussion)
Federico Britos (Master Concert) - optional
Jose Luis de la Paz (composer and musical director)
Alex Conde (orchestration / arrangements)
Berto Boyd (guitar transcriptions)
Piles Editorial (exclusive score sell)
Available by request
Departure (Fandango & Alegria)
Mirando al Horizonte (Buleria)
La Fuente Vieja (Seguiriya)
Viaje de Regreso (Guajira)
Total Duration: 45 min
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
In many aspects, Avalon is part of the legacy of Maestro Mario Escudero, one of the pioneers who brought elements from the classical music to flamenco in the 40’s and 50’s.
The creative process for Avalon began in 2012, when Jose Luis met Alex Conde while on tour in California. It was during that time that they both realized that their artistic interests and visions were similar and that they wanted to create a work that could remove the stereotype from flamenco by demonstrating that it’s language could be utilized within the classical form without having to loose its identity. Both composers also believe in the importance of opening the dialog between the popular learning and the written language.
Alex Conde and Jose Luis decided to start this work through the creation of some short pieces for guitar and string arrangements. These sorter works were then used independently in concerts; creating a platform on which to begin to try out the compositions and continue to build on the idea of fluid communication amongst the musicians. After developing the aesthetic of the pieces, Jose Luis and Alex began the arrangements, which they then had the opportunity to test out, in 2013, on the student’s of the Oakland School of Arts, conducted by Omid Zoufonoun. It was after the success of that concert that they decided to continue the work and create a Suite.
From that point on, they began working at a slow but steady pace, as there was no immediate budget for the project, using recordings, skype and sound emulators to begin to further understand how the multiple layers of instrumentations would ultimately sound.
The biggest challenge then was the issue of how to transcribe Jose Luis’s guitar score so that it could be passed on to the conductor. For this purpose they called on Berto Boyd, who is both e classical and Flamenco guitarist, well versed in utilizing available technology to create the transcriptions via recording sessions with Jose Luis. The process of transcribing the intricate work of Jose Luis took over five months and also resulted in an online resource for guitarists called “www.flamencoguitarclass.com”.
At the end of 2014, as Avalon was almost completed, Miami Dade County Auditorium commissioned the works premier as part of their October 2015 season. At that time, Jose Luis approached violinist Maestro Federico Britos (Latin Grammy Award honoree 2016), to ask him for help in putting together the orchestra and for him to sit as master concert.
On October 30, 2015, 3 years after the start of the project, Avalon premiered with a 25 musicians orchestra (Chamber Orchestra or Sinfonietta), solo guitar by Jose Luis de la Paz, second guitar by Berto Boyd, third guitar Rodrigo Valdez, percussionist Antonio Camuñez, violinist Federico Britos, and conductor Omid Zoufonoun.
3 monitors (2 guitars)
1 monitor (percussion)
1 monitor (conductor)
1 monitor (voice)
8 separate monitor mixes
Big frame drum or Tom
Instruments (35 music stands and light)
2 flamenco/classical guitar
2 french horn
2 classical percussions (timpani, cymbals, snare)
Reverb Lexicon or similar (we could need 2 effects at the same time)
Cd player or mini-jack cable
Platform for guitarist
Platform for conductor
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