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ashod

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A few questions about Rafael Riqueni 

Hey,

I'm a big fan of Rafael Riqueni and really like pretty much all of his compositions.
There is one element that is disturbing me tho.
I don't speak spanish, but it seems they're referring to a pause in his career in this video.
Was this due to an alcohol problem, some sickness or just something else? Anyone has any info on this matter?

Thank you

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ashod

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

Never mind, I found the answer. It seems it was alcoholism...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2012 6:12:58
 
Arash

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

Wasn't there something about the death of his father, or parents involved ?
I am not sure , just remember something like this.

I always felt that Requeni is an extremely sensitive person just by looking at his face.

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xirdneH_imiJ

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to Arash

he's a very fragile man emotionally...poor fella
he's a hell of a composer, unfortunately i can't stand his tone...
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Ricardo

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

Warning: hearsay ..... I heard his son died so he got into drugs then
lost his mind. Writing stacks of music in standard notation locked away
in his house his friends found him wearing a powdered wig and he thought
he was Mozart. For some years he was not allowed out and about
without a chaperone. I assume after some mental health treatment
he is doing better?

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Pimientito

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to Ricardo

I'm not sure where you heard that or how much of that story is true but I do know that he had to go to a rehabilitation clinic for drugs and alcohol for an extended period and he was very much off the music scene at that time. I assume the drug rehabilitation included psychological or/and psychiatric treatment too.

I'm told he's doing much better now, he is playing and writing again and has finished a new recording (not yet released) but haven't seen any news of concert/recital.

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El_Tortuga

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

It's too bad the audio is distorted in that YouTube clip. No doubt he's a great composer and player.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2012 16:17:44
 
ashod

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

Damn I didn't think he had it that bad.
I really think he's one of the greatest and most romantic flamenco guitarist.
Always telling beautiful stories with his music.
I hope he continues writing more... For humanities sake, we need people who create.
Thanks for all your input.
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cigany

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

From 2011, I think. Always a gentleman. He's great.
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machopicasso

 

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to cigany

That's cool. It kind of reminds me of Bill Evans.
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henrym3483

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to machopicasso

man's a Genius, imho, hes's up there with tomatito, manolo sanlucar & vicente had the pleasure speaking with him a bit on facebook in the wee hours of the morning. he's had a hard life.

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kudo

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to ashod

Henry , damn you are so lucky to
Talk to him. I love his compositions, tone and energy.
V.Amigo, tomatito,Myrddin and Him are my
Favorite composers who are still alive.
I wish to meet them all one day

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 17 2012 16:34:53
 
gbv1158

 

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

quote:

hes's up there with tomatito, manolo sanlucar & vicente


I agree,

I love, particularly, when he plays Cogiendo Flores!...with that superb, intense, sweet tremolo! (I'm looking for the sheet music!)

ciao
giambattista
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 17 2012 18:43:42
 
Ron.M

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RE: A few questions about Rafael Riqueni (in reply to henrym3483

A Master guitarist...Fluid expression without need for pyrotechnics....Great!

Sorta hear echos of de Falla in his playing there.

Actually the first time I ever heard him play was in Michael Flatley's "Riverdance"!



cheers,

Ron
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