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Kiwi Conquistador on Pacific Tour

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Flamenco is music of song, dance and guitar, with its roots buried deeply in ancient Spanish culture. It’s about as Spanish as being Spanish gets, but when New Zealander Paul Bosauder first heard flamenco he was hooked: “It was love at first hearing”.

But loving this exciting, highly complex Spanish music is one thing, for a Kiwi to win acceptance among the ranks of professional flamenco artists, is quite another.  Yet not only is Paul conquering Spanish audiences, he is now releasing his own album Tierra y Mar and undertaking a New Zealand tour in early 2018 (dates and venues follow) beginning with a performance at Auckland's Music in Parks in January. 

It’s been a long road. For the past ten years Paul Bosauder has studied worked and created with Spain’s elite flamenco artists, receiving the Matricula deHonor from the School of Music in Catalunya (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya ESMUC). “I came to understand how the guitar, song and dance of flamenco are so interrelated.”

And that is where Paul met his true test: To understand how challenging the flamenco guitarist’s role can be, think 3D chess. Carried away by a performing frenzy, the dancer and the singer can suddenly break off in a new direction. The guitarist has to follow the dancer’s beat and the singer’s improvisation while improvising as well. Miss a chord change, drop a beat and your audience of aficionados can politely drop you too.

Yet it is the thrill of that spontaneity which drew Paul deeper into the music, not just as an accompanist, but as a soloist. “The moments I get to express myself on stage through my guitar are pure magic and this album is a summary of the many moments and adventures I’ve lived in Spain for the past 10 years ”

Paul Bosauder’s emergence on Spanish stages as a soloist has allowed him to push the boundaries even further; capturing the essence of traditional flamenco and combining it with innovative new elements to create a truly moving and emotive performance.

“Paul plays with dedicated conviction and passion and delivers beauty and fire,” says acclaimed jazz musician and fellow Kiwi Jonathan Crayford. Award winning Spanish Flamenco guitarist and producer Alberto Lopez adds: “Paul is a sensitive and emotive performer with a deep understanding of flamenco music. His compositions are original and full of personality but still respectful to the traditions and building blocks of true flamenco music,”

Paul is returning home in January 2018 to present his personal flamenco project and introduce New Zealand to his début flamenco album. He last played here in 2016 at the Circa Theatre, Wellington; Q Theatre Auckland and Splore Music Festival. International performances include the V Festival of Concert Guitar in Barcelona; the JazzSi Club; Fringe Festival Torroella de Montgrí, Palau Robert, El Auditori, Auditori AXA, Auditori Sant Marti, Los Tarantos (all in Barcelona), Orillas de Triana; Caja Negra (Sevilla) and the Saint-Georges 8ª Guitar festival (Belgium).

“During my first trip to Spain in early 2005, I met a young Spanish guitarist who was studying flamenco at a Conservatory in Barcelona and offered to put me in touch with the maestro from there. They sponsored me with a student visa so I could attend classes. Once I arrived, I began to travel all over Spain, studying with different teachers and learning as much as I could about flamenco song, dance and guitar. Not more than nine months after my arrival I was asked to perform at the Feria in Barcelona, accompanying dancers from the local dance school. Shortly afterwards, I was performing up to 5 times a week in different flamenco clubs and bars.”

“In 2010 I met Rafael Cañizares and that changed everything for me: He opened my ears and heart and encouraged me to concentrate on my technique and compose my own music. I found myself starting a journey resulting in the recording of my first solo flamenco guitar album – Tierra yMmar. (maybe mention it earlier…etc?)

While the Spanish flamenco scene has many levels, Paul believes he is well accepted and appreciated by many flamenco professionals, including some of Spain's top flamenco guitar players: “Flamenco is a language and music that developed in communities… el pueblo, just like blues and jazz. If you know how to play, to accompany dance and song then they will accept you, even admire you. There is huge range of styles and tastes within Spain, but flamenco is a live music where young people strive to play, sing and dance the best they possibly can.”

Tour Dates

Thursday 1st February - Loft - Q Theatre, Auckland
Friday 2nd February - Loft - Q Theatre, Auckland
Sunday 4th February - Casita Miro, Waiheke Island
Monday 5th February - Fairfield House, Nelson
Thursday 8th February – Circa, Wellington
Friday 9th February – Circa, Wellington
Saturday 10th February -  Circa Wellington
Sunday 11thFebruary  - St Peters Bay, Paekakariki, tbc

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