Guitars and FlamencoCafé del Mundo
Café del Mundo is coming back: On Saturday, October 30th, from 7.30 p.m., the guitar duo will play for us in the Kursaal in Bad Wimpfen. Also there: the dancer Azucena Rubio Calle. An evening that promises to be real musical fireworks. Look forward with us to Café del Mundo and their program “Guitars and Flamenco” put together exclusively for blacksheep.
Flamenco, the music of the magical south, has lived unbroken for many thousands of years, it is nostalgic and timeless at the same time, full of grace, passion and secret power. In the heart of this music Europe, Africa and the Orient meet; this is where the pulse of the hot south beats.
The two guitar virtuosos Jan Pascal and Alexander Kilian are as opposites as water and fire – and thus complement each other to a guitar duo at world level. Their live performance is the rousing dialogue between two gifted instrumental artists who sometimes flatter one another, sometimes challenge one another and elicit their best from one another – intense, explosive, magical.
The guitar art of “Café del Mundo” is much more than just virtuoso entertainment – it’s about everything that moves us, about love, longing, death and joie de vivre, about heaven and earth. This pristine music unfolds irresistible power, it casts a spell, makes you rich, wakes you up and touches you.
If God were a musician – the flamenco guitar would be his instrument. Dr. Markus Grimm
JAN PASCAL born in 1975, comes from a family of musicians. He received his first guitar from his grandfather in Spain and his first lessons from an uncle. He grew up with his grandmother, the soprano Edeltraud Bonk, and later attended the Münsterschwarzach boarding school. After taking lessons in piano, singing and classical guitar, he founded his own recording studio in 1996 and the indie label visioninmusic in 2002.
ALEXANDER KILIAN Born in 1987, is considered a guitar prodigy. He received his multicultural musical training from Zaza Miminoshvili. At the age of 15 he won his first international competition with the piece “Guajiras de Lucia” by Paco de Lucia. Numerous master classes and concert invitations to Israel, Russia, Georgia, Spain and Italy follow. In 2011 he received the artistic diploma in jazz guitar.
AZUCENA RUBIO CALLE comes from Seville and is a bridge builder between cultures. She overcomes rigid genre boundaries through the power of her authenticity. With the flamenco companies “Encuentros” and “Antonio Andrade” she tours all over Europe, shares the stage with artists such as Juan Granados, Alicia Vargas, Paco de la Linea, Miguel Sotelo and Mariano Martin. For Azucena Rubio, passing on art is also a matter close to his heart. She has a teaching position at the renowned Renate Wagner Institute in Mannheim, the only chair recognized by the Catedra de Flamenco Mariquilla in Germany.
Jan Pascal and Alexander Kilian met in 2007 at a flamenco guitar workshop. The spark leaps over immediately. Since then they have been composing three albums together, “Nuevo Cuarteto” (2008), “Café del Mundo” (2012), “La Perla” (2014, GLM Music | FM 188) and a live recording “In Passion” (2015, GLM Music | FM 201-1), which appears on vinyl and for the first time also contains arrangements by Chick Corea, Paco de Lucia, Al di Meola, Zequinha de Abreu and Enrique Granados. 2015 will be “Dance of Joy” (GLM fine music | FM 214) , a remix and remaster of their first compositions together. In September 2018 the duo will release their most personal album to date “Beloved Europa” (GLM fine music | FM 236) with a number of unique guitar pieces, as well as a flamenco version of Goethe / Schubert’s “Erlkönig “.
Since 2008 they have been touring every year, with a band, with a dancer and as a duo. In the meantime there are 120 concerts per year that take them to Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Poland and Greece. Regular invitations to renowned music festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Slask days or the JazzOpen Stuttgart mark their entry into the class of internationally sought-after concert guitarists.
The band name is derived from a concert review in which a critic writes that he feels he has been transported to the legendary “Café Cantante”, from which the band name “Café del Mundo” becomes.