cneberg -> RE: Buleria Video from Eduardo Trassiera (Sep. 16 2007 17:57:53)
Sorry to bump this thread up if you're not interested.
What gets me, is that more and more of "modern" Bulerias has this... sneering, macho, power trip, ego thing, with unresolved ideas, jumping like a monkey all over the fretboard and smashing atonal power chords and trying to be utterly cool.
Personally, I've no time for that.
I dunno about anyone else , but that sort of playing leaves me absolutely cold.
Before Ricardo jumps down my throat ( ).....Gerardo Nuñez is a modern player, but an extremely elegant player IMO.
Sure he goes off at a tangent from traditional flamenco, but his stuff fits together like a jigsaw, very neat and contained, unlike the cool "rabble rousers" I've heard recently.
In fact, everytime I hear a new Bulerias upload, it sounds like a continuation of the same piece!
Continuously arpegio in a moody, and steamy way for a few compases.
Then an arpegio up to a bit of aggressive picado.
Then a bit of flustering at break-neck speed, working down the fretboard, playing chords and some finger stuff every half second....then end on a big Flamenco "A" (preferably halfway up the neck).
Hold onto it and beat the sh*t out of it for a few compases and grimace while the cajon player and palmeros shout "olé"..
Ultra Boring IMHO!
Gimme the old stuff anyday!
I couldn't agree more!
But then again, I get similar feelings when I'm listening to some of the good old Sabicas music. A lot of flashy techniques and little music (not to mention Carlos Montoya). Of course, he also did marvellous tunes.
I guess the evolution can now only bring us to a flamenco guitar version of Erik Satie.