Flamenco Guitarist Dazzles OTC Crowd|
A Review by Mary Sue Price
The melodies were haunting, the rhythms were fiery and the concert was a
leisurely journey into flamenco - the folk music of southern Spain - led by
Radford presented a friendly, unpretentious and technically dazzling
performance Thursday evening for approximately 300 people at the Oklahoma
From the very literal imitations of bugles and drums in "Holy Week in Seville"
to the unspeakable sadness of the "Cante Hondo," the Spanish songs of lament,
Radford performed with a consistently crisp technique that is flexible enough
to master the extremes inherent in the flamenco style.
Flamenco, the manic-depressive cousin of jazz, bluegrass and the blues, is the
unwritten, traditional guitar and dance music of Spain. Between songs, Radford
traced the history of the music to the Zambra, a melodic style from 12th-
century Spain that was part of the Moorish tradition. He also shared stories
about his experiences with the Spanish people in a casual, friendly way that
giving the event more the atmosphere of a living room than a concert hall.
Radford included Spanish-tinged classical selections, along with familiar
Spanish tunes and other music be learned during the years he lived in Spain.
As the only Fulbright scholar to study flamenco, Radford clearly has done his
homework. He has the virtuosity, historical perspective and warm personality
it takes to keep the flamenco tradition alive.
Radford has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and throughout the
United States, Europe and Canada. In this concert, sponsored by the Oklahoma
City Guitar Society, and funded by the State Arts Council and the National
Endowment for the Arts, Radford proved that flamenco is, indeed, the music of
the heart. It is learned by ear, not by notes on a page. It is passed along
from person to person, as it was passed along from Radford to the audience
Radford will lead an informal discussion and master class at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday in the Oriel Room of the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center on the Oklahoma
City University campus.
The Daily Oklahoman/Times, Oklahoma City, OK - By Mary Sue Price