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henrym3483

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Rafael Riqueni 

been obsessing over this video all week, i dont know why the man does'nt get talked about more.

This is some really soulful playing and beautifully executed. its parts of a canales off his cd mi tiempo.

Solea in HD


Heard some really weird and even some bizarre stories about rafael when i was in sanlucar, dont know whether part of its true or just myth. but like most tocaors held in high esteem he is fanscinating to watch at work.
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ToddK

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I dont understand why he's not mentioned more either.

He's amazing... Love that solea. Very exotic and beautiful.

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yohan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

thanks for posting, I have to admit I dont really know his music that well too, not sure why, just never was interesting in him

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Doitsujin

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

Because he was out of business for quite a long time. Like Nino Miguel but for other reasons. Now hes back somehow.
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mark indigo

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

quote:

i dont know why the man does'nt get talked about more.....

Heard some really weird and even some bizarre stories about rafael when i was in sanlucar


for some time he was unable to work, out of the limelight, so has been forgotten.

I think his health varies, so he has periods when he is able to work, and periods when he is not.

he is a contemporary of Gerardo, Manolo Franco, Jose Antonio Rodgriguez.

some of his ideas are very original, but they maybe a little too unusual for some people, maybe his playing is something of an aquired taste, and not universally appealing.

Some of his music is some of my favourite guitar playing

the video above is quite old, here 2 more recent vids accompanying morente





i hope he is able to work and record again
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bursche

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to mark indigo

I can't stop to listen to his first solo recording again and again.
Just him and his guitar - and some of the deepest moments I know from all the recordings I have so far. It has been my favourite for months.

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Ramon Amira

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

Here's an interesting video. Riqueni plays a really nice Granadinas, with cuts of Nino Ricardo playing Granadinas spliced in between.



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mark indigo

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to bursche

quote:

I can't stop to listen to his first solo recording again and again.
Just him and his guitar


his first solo recording was "Juego De Niños" in '86, with lots of other people playing on it with him;

then "Flamenco" in '88, that's the one that's just him, no other instruments, no percussion, no palmas, nothing.

Then "Mi Tiempo" in '90, some tracks have parts written by him for small chamber orchestra/group.
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Richard Jernigan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I really like this soleá. It`s not just a bunch of falsetas strung together. It has real development.

RNJ
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ralexander

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I thought I'd bump this old thread for the same reasons Henry posted this originally - we need more Riqueni discussion!

Does anyone know what he's up to these days? My teacher told me he studied with him a bit at Amor De Dios, but he said it was more like Riqueni would come in and play some mind-blowing thing and then just leave. If I remember correctly, he thought he was having troubles with alcohol or drugs or both.
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Harry

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I too love Riqueni. I think that he definitely tries to push the envelope, especially in terms of melodies that are unusual and dissonant. The problem is that sometimes, he is too cerebral for me. Still, his fandango Nino Miguel is full of feeling for sure. His accompanying is also great.
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ralexander

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I hear you, Harry - I personally like a lot more of his work compared to what I dislike. I was watching the first Saura Flamenco movie last night, and one of my favorite performances is the Taranta with Riqueni and Carmen Linares. I also love his work with Morente. One of the greats for sure.
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Harry

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ralexander

Hey ralexander,

I was just about to post that video of him accompanying Carmen Linares!

My favourite Riqueni moments right now for sure are the opening falseta for Al Nino Miguel and the opening (12seconds) and closing (4:07) falsetas of his bulerias Puerto Camaronero. Just gorgeous music.
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sjlb

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to mark indigo

Can anyone point me to a copy of Rafael's "Flamenco" album? I've not been able to find it for sale aaaaanywhere :-(
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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483



I think he's working on another record... Ole y ole!

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rogeliocan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

In support to Rafael Riqueni, I really like his work too.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 17 2011 17:36:31
 
Harry

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I hate to gossip, but we have all heard about Rafael Riqueni's health issues. I had heard he was in a car accident? Hehe, so many rumors. Does anyone have the real info? I imagine he is alright now? On a side note, I see Rafael has gone Conde!
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ralexander

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

You're right, too much gossip (I even hesitated posting my comment which was based on my fuzzy memory). This is why I was hoping someone had the scoop.

Nice video, Grisha - I hope you're right about a new album! I can't speak Spanish - can someone give the gist of what he said?

I have also had trouble finding a copy of his Flamenco album.
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por medio

 

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ralexander

I thought that he was suffered from depression and too much tequilla. Correct me if I'm wrong here
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bursche

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to por medio

Yes it was alcoholism. He was in a really bad condition for several years. Now it seems he recovered a bit from his addiction.

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rogeliocan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ralexander

Yes, it says new album from which that song is part of.

It says... after 3 years of absence this is first interview. Between concerts he prepares is new record dedicated to a park of his youth.

... I wish he would come to Canada.

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Harry

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to rogeliocan

Me too!

Wow, I am noticing there are several Canadians on this forum and it shouldn't surprise me. Not much flamenco going down in the great white North, although the scene in Montreal is not too bad because dance is huge here.

In recent memory, I have seen Paco de Lucia and Paco Pena, I believe Juan Carmona came a few years back as well.
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rogeliocan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to Harry

Yeah it seams Montreal is better than Ottawa for Flamenco. I think the Jazz Fest gets bigger names too. I'm relatively new to flamenco so I don't know if Paco de Lucia was ever here. But Paco Pena seems to come here regularly, I'm seeing him in March and he was here 2 years ago. It's nice of him to do these tours because he must have had enough of touring with the long career he's had. I don't know if he sees himself as a 'promoter' of flamenco, that is, to make it known throughout the world, anyways, I like the fact he comes here.

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CuerdasDulces

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to rogeliocan

I saw Paco Pena 2 years ago here in Toronto and going to my first(and probably last) PDL concert here in June
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rogeliocan

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to CuerdasDulces

Thanks! doing a search I realized that he will be in Montreal too. I forgot someone had mentioned this a while back. I just got tickets. Cool! I had to see him at least once. Montreal was better for me because he is there on a Saturday night.

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CuerdasDulces

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to rogeliocan

Yep, Don Francisco Sanchez will be here

http://www.songkick.com/concerts/8025551-paco-de-lucia-at-sony-centre-for-the-performing-arts
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Adam

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

Wait, Canada's a real country?!



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Adam

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

I'm a big Riqueni fan and I'm glad to hear he's back. He did an interesting interview really recently with deflamenco:

http://www.deflamenco.com/revista/paginai.jsp?codigo=2897
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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to Adam

Thanks for posting the Riqueni interview. So what does it take to play really well, and we are not even talking creating yet, just the physical playing development?
quote:

You were one of the first to know what it was like to be Manolo Sanlucar's disciple and neighbor. When I was a child I spent a week in his house in Santander. It was incredible. We would get up at nine, and play non-stop until midnight. One in one room, and the other in another, listening to each other but without talking. I didn’t dare to ask him anything until I was sure what I had to play for him and that I would be able to play it half well…and we didn’t let up, don’t think we stopped for a siesta, it was continuous.

What were you working on?
Mostly right-hand technique, which is the most difficult. Position, arpeggios, tremolo, picado, fingering, relaxing the thumb…not so much specific music. It was guitar technique and learning to get easy with it. I still do those exercises.


Had to add this following quote from the interview too: “You have to begin accompanying cante and dance. And live through a thousand fiestas. And one day you’ll play well, and another you’ll get lost in the compás, the next day a little better…and with a bottle of whisky and your buddies…that’s how you learn”
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Harry

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RE: Rafael Riqueni (in reply to chapman_g

Indeed chapman,

that last quote caught my attention as well!

The section about Morente was also moving. I am glad to see that Riqueni is back! Good for him and for all of us.

Great article ramparts, thanks!

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