Presented by JCGS
SOU Music Building
Friday, January 11, 2008, 8:00 PM
Children under 12 free
“Adam del Monte defies physics with his expressive, romantic playing…”
–Guitar Player Magazine —
ADAM del MONTE:
First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam del Monte studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel and England. Beginning with his father, flamenco artist Dino del Monte, he continued his training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe “Habichuela”, Paco Cortez,Nino Miguel and Gerardo Nunez.
His classical guitar teachers were Menashe Baquiche in Israel and Gordon Crosskey at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He has also appeared as both a solo artist and group performer (with his wife, acclaimed flamenco dancer, Laila del Monte) in major venues such as LA’s Mark Taper Forum, the Wilshire theater, the Teatro Real and the Conde Duque in Madrid, Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada, Saint Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The International Guitar Festival in Israel, 1996 Guitar Foundation of America Competition in St Louis in 1996, La Jolla in 1997 and Charleston in 1999, the 500th anniversary of Columbus celebrations in Paris and in Madrid. Del Monte has also performed with flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra as well as with Lole’ y Manuel.
Mr. del Monte was both influenced by and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco. He also set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leadingedge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar. An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.
He has been commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a ‘progressive flamenco piece’ entitled ‘Cambio de Aire’. He has collaborated with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA. His flamenco debut CD on the Spanish label Sonifolk (1998), entitled: “Viaje a Un Nuevo Mundo” (Journey to a New World) was most favorably reviewed by Spain’s most acclaimed flamenco critic Angel Alvarez Caballero as well as Miguel Mora of El Pais and Alfredo Grimaldos of El Mundo. Other discographies include: A Mel Bay Artist Video Series A classical and flamenco recital and a GSP classical CD entitled “EZORDIO”.
In 1998, Adam performed in Spain on the TV program “Algo mas que Flamenco” with Lole Montoya and dancer Laila del Monte. He has recently composed a flamenco guitar concerto, “Ensueno Flamenco” for guitar, flamenco dance, voice and orchestra which he premiered in Boston with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Jordan Hall, conducted by Gil Rose. He has also performed it with the Westshore Symphony Orchestra.
In 1999 he returned to Granada to perform in the oldest “Penia Flamenca” “La Plateria”, as well as a tour in Switzerland with singer, Curro Fernandez.
In February of 2000 he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Los Angles Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl both as a soloist and as a Special Guest with the L.A. Philharmonic and he has performed at the prestigious Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
Adam is on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Studio Jazz Guitar Department where he also teaches flamenco and coaches the World Guitar Ensemble.
In the Fall of 2002 del Monte founded the Flamenco Guitar Program at the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thorton School of Music. He has been passionately involved in bridging the gap between the classical and flamenco guitar repertoires.
As a composer, he’s also added film scoring to his vast resume. His most recent credit includes the dramatic short One Clean Move, directed by D.W. Brown and starring Gary Busey and Harry Hamlin and the film Soledad which won the First Prize at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards in 2000. Soledad has been aired on the Lifetime Cable Channel over 50 times.
Adam del Monte plays on flamenco and classical guitars by Francisco Manuel Diaz of Granada, Spain, and a guitar by Boaz Elkayam of Israel.