Parando el Tiempo
This is the fifth proposal of the young Flamenco Guitarist, which will include themes based on the pure flamenco. Nine stories that emerge from the deep ocean of creation of this talented composer: Rafael Cortes ... who crosses all boundaries navigating the sea of time, with sails of the flamenco tradition, and driven by the wind ... of modernity. In "Parando el Tiempo", the beauty with poetic melody sings: "Let the past be sleeping, do not awake it" ...... "Let's start over" ... Dance with me ... Stop the time!
1 El Caballito (bulería) 5:47
2 Parando el Tiempo (rondeńa) 6:36
3 Esperanza (alegría) 5:17
4 Tango de la Luna (tangos) 7:09
5 Mírame (tanguillos) 5:52
6 Kufnuki (rumba - tango) 4:05
7 Algún Día (soleá por bulería) 5:11
8 El Ultimo Domingo (vals) 3:34
9 Ruido Espantoso (bulería) 4:20
Rafael Cortés - flamenco guitars, mandola, palmas, bass; David Huertas - cajón, palmas, percussion instruments; Gonzalo Cortés, El Nińo de la Chata, José Ramírez - cante; Vivienne Cortés, Isabel Cortés, Rafael Cortés - coros.
Rafael Cortés was born in 1973. His grandfather Octavio Cortes Maya was a famous guitarist in his native city, Granada. Only having four years of age he debuted with his father as an accompanist. At the age of 9 he begins to accompany dance and he singing, that is what it really forms a flamenco guitarist. When Rafael was 14 years old, his professor of guitar El Macareno decided that the boy already knew everything what he could teach him, and had achieved an incredible technical level. Rafael collaborated with many great names of flamenco and the artists of other branches, including Carles Benavent, El Cigala, El Piraña, Javier Baron, Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma, Jonathan Darlington, Jose de Lucia, Domingo Patricio, Maria Serrano, Tommy Emmanuel, Juan Cortes, and many more. It was in 1999 when he recorded his first solo album and began to make tours with his own group. His wonderful playing has sounded no only in Spain, also in other countries like, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Poland, etc. His second album work Gitanos del Agua, has been an unquestionable success for the public and the critic. In spite of his youth, Rafael Cortes is one of the best guitarists of the present time. His music is virtuous and full of temperament. His personal style is full of fire enriched with elements of the jazz and classic flamenco, giving as a result an enthusiastic and emotional music with a modern touch without turning aside of the flamenco tradition.