Originally by Ernesto Lecuona
Filmed at the oldest Bullring in Spain. BENISE, and his Emmy Award Winning cast, returns to PBS with a new World Music and Dance Production ‘THE SPANISH GUITAR’
The Spanish Guitar is an epic tale that integrates live performance with real footage of Benise, in his voyage across the globe – filmed over 3 years and across 10 countries.
The enchanted Spanish Guitar becomes a treasure chest of inspiration – the keeper of stories of glory and tragedy through times and world’s gone by.
Guest Artists include, Dave Koz, Giorgia Fumanti, From American Idol -Kimberly Locke, Dancing With The Stars couple Nick and Lena. Band includes World music favorites — Karen Briggs (Yanni) and Walter Rodriqez (Yanni, Stomp)
Benise’s THE SPANISH GUITAR will take us to worlds both faraway and deeply personal, and remind us that hope can be the healing thread in all of our lives.
Roni Randall Benisek
Roni Benisek, best known as Benise, is an American guitarist who describes his style as “Spanish guitar” or “nouveau flamenco.”
After growing up in Ravenna, Nebraska, Benise moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue rock stardom. After hearing flamenco music on the radio, he switched from electric guitar to nylon-stringed classical guitar.
He began busking on the street and playing neighborhood theaters and flea markets. From these performances, he quickly established a following. Benise came up with an act that married Latin rhythms to a circus atmosphere. He fuses world music (specifically, strongly Latin-flavored styles such as flamenco, salsa, tango, and samba underscored by African tribal rhythms) with rock, to create a sound that appeals to mainstream music fans and aficionados of world music.
The mixture caught the attention of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and led to his 2006-2007 Nights of Fire! production that has aired on many PBS-affiliated stations, and won an Emmy Award. The show is a blend of theater and music, drawing from Spanish flamenco, Argentine tango, and Brazilian samba.
To date, Benise has produced 13 CDs (12 studio, one live) and 5 DVDs. He owns an independent record label, Spanish Guitar Entertainment.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Malagueña” is a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. It was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucía, to which he added lyrics in Spanish. The song has since become a popular, jazz, marching band, and drum and bugle corps standard and has been provided with lyrics in several languages.