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"First-rate flamenco guitar with subcontinental support ****"

Born in Tangiers of Andalucian parents and brought up in Catalonia, Spanish guitarist-composer Eduardo Niebla has here created an imaginative and stimulating instrumental set in which flamenco is infused with classical Indian music and a contemporary jazz edge. Niebla, as the notes spell out emphatically, has had a distinguished musical career, so it’s no surprise that this is a disc of top-class playing and beautiful themes.
Solos such as “Song for Alba” and the moving “Madrid 11th March 04” (a tribute to those who died in the bombing) show that Niebla can manage more than well on his own. But the album also features a top-class support team including Purbayan Chatterjee on sitar, Satyajit Talwalkar on tabla and Kala Ramnath on violin, as well as brother Salvador Niebla on percussion and drums, and Carlos Benavent, the pioneering bassist of Paco de Lucia fame.
Like several virtuoso guitarists who developed their craft mainly playing solo, or in sparring duos, Niebla writes brooding compositions that have a journey-like feel to them, setting out melodic themes, and developing and varying them, before recapping everything in a final build-up of emotional intensity. This works particularly well on pieces featuring multiple musicians, and especially on “Welcome Home” and “Song for the Rain”, two wonderful tracks in which intertwining lines of guitar and sitar improvisation completely enfold the listener.
- SONGLINES


"Three bright nights of jazz and more in Riga, Latvia - Rigas Ritmi Festival 2011"

Eduardo Niebla, originally from Spain, is now based in the U.K. On opening night he played the Riga Congress Centre, a classy 1200-seat venue on a square with a fountain, just over a canal from the Old Town. His trio included second guitarist Carl Herring and tabla percussionist Dharmesh Parmar. Their music was a unique heady blend including flamenco, Latin, classical, Indian, Arabic and jazz ingredients. It was a lush guitar choir with a high-revving Indian tabla motor in the middle. Niebla is a heart-on-sleeve romantic, and there was a yearning poignance to his songs like “Mirror of Life,” “Rosie” (for his daughter) and “Para Margarita” (for his mother) But Parmar, with his clattering rain of propulsion, made sure that Niebla’s sentiments swung.
- JAZZ TIMES


"Eduardo Niebla at the Queen Elizabeth Hall"

Flamenco has, over the years, been fertile ground for fusionistas. Paco de Lucia kicked off Flamenco-jazz in 1979 with "The Guitar Trio" - a collaboration with Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin which occupied the artistic high ground. Popular, but less exalted, was Ottmar Liebert's cruise and groove Flamenco-meets-smooth chaff of the 1990s. Is this a good place to mention the Gypsy Kings? Probably not. Over the years there have been many "Nuevo Flamenco" developments in Spain, mostly mixing street beats with percussive guitar playing; by and large, they failed to reach export grade.

As played by a virtuoso guitarist, Flamenco is an attractive proposition. You have the beguiling sound of plucked strings, the sudden bursts of percussion using the top and sides of the guitar, the dramatic rachayo off the backs of the fingernails - this is one of few styles in which the player truly plays the whole guitar. Add to that the ebullient rhythms, the complex metre and the sombre Phrygian tonality of Spanish music and you can see why this music has traveled all around the world and back again - and why not every fusion brings something new to the table.

So Eduardo Niebla needs to bring something special if he is to stand out from the crowd. In this concert the thud and rattle of the Flamenco cahon was replaced by Dharmesh Parmar 's Indian tabla - a truly virtuoso percussion instrument, capable of varied, and almost voice-like expressive sounds. This created the backdrop to Ricardo Garcia 's guitar accompaniment. Ricardo is an excellent guitar player in his own right, executing breathtaking unison passages and spot-on percussive outbursts in crisp synchronisation with his leader.

And Eduardo - virtuoso? Inventive improviser? Yes and yes. And creative composer too. Writer of beautiful melodies, great grooves, charming and self-effacing. He cast a deep, engrossing spell over the audience which transported them to other places, to the distant past, to India, Arabia, North Africa, Spain - tracing the link between modern Flamenco and the ancient music of India. And then on to the New World, to South and Central America for the rumba. At the end of the concert he thanked the audience for having been present while the band "searched for these deep places in the music".

Believe me, they found them.
- LONDON JAZZ NEWS


"Plucking a little magic from the air"

Eduardo Niebla ****
Queen’s Hall

HE may not be a household name here, but Spanish guitarist and composer Eduardo Niebla can justifiably claim to be the king of Latin guitar.

He’s been bringing his stunning brand of flamenco-jazz to concert halls around the world for more than 30 years, and last night’s appearance at the Queen’s Hall was eagerly anticipated.

Accompanied by acclaimed Mexican guitarist Hugo Elizalde, Niebla performed two stunning sets comprising music from his latest album, Natural, and the forthcoming Lights From The Heart.
On one romantic composition called You, Niebla had the audience spellbound, while on a more up-tempo tune the crowd happily clapped along to the flamenco beats.

This was virtuoso stuff, and while Niebla was undoubtedly the star of the show, Elizalde proved to be a real talent in his own right.
The pair’s duets were arguably the highlights of this gig.
The dynamic duo evoked images of the Mediterranean as they created a relaxed and natural feel with their fleet-fingered playing.
- THE SCOTSMAN


"Plucking a little magic from the air"

Eduardo Niebla ****
Queen’s Hall

HE may not be a household name here, but Spanish guitarist and composer Eduardo Niebla can justifiably claim to be the king of Latin guitar.

He’s been bringing his stunning brand of flamenco-jazz to concert halls around the world for more than 30 years, and last night’s appearance at the Queen’s Hall was eagerly anticipated.

Accompanied by acclaimed Mexican guitarist Hugo Elizalde, Niebla performed two stunning sets comprising music from his latest album, Natural, and the forthcoming Lights From The Heart.
On one romantic composition called You, Niebla had the audience spellbound, while on a more up-tempo tune the crowd happily clapped along to the flamenco beats.

This was virtuoso stuff, and while Niebla was undoubtedly the star of the show, Elizalde proved to be a real talent in his own right.
The pair’s duets were arguably the highlights of this gig.
The dynamic duo evoked images of the Mediterranean as they created a relaxed and natural feel with their fleet-fingered playing.
- THE SCOTSMAN


"Eduardo Niebla - My Gypsy Waltz"

While Eduardo Niebla wittily illustrates his debt to diverse cultures with a photo of himself brandishing his guitar alongside a rustic, horse-led gypsy caravan, it’s his debt to rich family community that makes his music resonate deeply. Forty years of playing flamenco guitar jazz-fusion style, intuitively following classical and popular tendencies, is assumed in eight innovative pieces that pair him with his Indian influenced band.

Niebla’s own lived internationalism ensures this is a passionate musical journey involving gems and tantalising experiments. Stunning pieces like ‘Phoenix’ exquisitely capture his heartfelt respect for life in all its bittersweet complexity.
- THE LIST


"Eduardo Niebla: "My Gypsy Waltz" – review"

Flamenco has been the starting point for a wide variety of impressive experiments, from the flamenco-jazz collaborations of Paco de Lucia with John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell through to the Ojos de Brujo's fusion of rapid-fire guitar work with anything from hip-hop and funk to Cuban and Indian influences. Eduardo Niebla's approach lies somewhere between the two. Now based in Yorkshire, he's a flamenco-jazz guitarist who spent his childhood "growing up with the Gypsies on the outskirts of Girona, Spain" ...but is influenced by a variety of other global styles. His latest album demonstrates his fluid, technically brilliant guitar work in a variety of settings, with backing from five musicians, including tabla player Dharmesh Parmar and Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, and the standout track is the 18-minute India, a series of "meditations" on poverty and resilience, in which lyrical, drifting guitar passages are matched against rousing interplay with Srikanth's violin. Other tracks are more varied. Phoenix sounds like a film score, the exuberant title track ...(and) the thoughtful and lyrical Rosie is another reminder of Niebla's exquisite guitar work. - THE GUARDIAN


Discography

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is currently recording his new album due for release 2013

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My Gypsy Waltz
LMR Records 2010

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Lights from the Inner Side
LMR Records 2004

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Natural
SOL Records 2003

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The Gift
LMR Records 1999

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.SALAMEH
Mediterraneo
Riverboat Records 1996

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Magic Nights
Katiuska Records 1996

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I Can Fly Now
SOL Records 1996

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Breathing
Katiuska Records 1993

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FORCIONE
Poema
Jazz-Point 1992

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The Sailors
Virgin 1992

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Spanish Projects
Chappell Records 1992

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Work for Three Arts
SOL Records 1991

EDUARDO NIEBLA & ALAN ZETA
Sequence for Guitar
Zeta's Productions 1990

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FOULCER
The Alexander Project
Heart and Soul 1988

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FORCIONE
Music Without Frontiers
Venture-Virgin 1987

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FORCIONE
Celebration
Venture-Virgin 1987

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FORCIONE
Eurotour
SOL Records 1985

EDUARDO NIEBLA & A.FORCIONE
Light and Shade
SOL Records 1984

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Towards the Sun
Moon Records 1981

MOTHER GONG
Fairy Tales
Charlie Records 1978

ATILA
Reviure
EMI-Odeon 1976

ATILA
Intention
Basf 1975

ATILA
The Beginning of the End
New Promotions Records 1974

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“Niebla proves his mastery and composing genius with every touch.” (Die Rheinpfalz)

EDUARDO NIEBLA BIOGRAPHY - 100 WORDS FOR WOMEX (followed by full biog & discography)

Eduardo Niebla was born in Tangiers in 1955. In 1960 the family became refugees and moved to Girona Spain. The guitar was Eduardo’s refuge and life and at 18 he turned professional with his symphonic rock band Atila.

In 1978 he moved to London, recording with Mother Gong and later collaborating with numerous artists including Lol Coxhill (sax), Wajahat Khan (sitar), Paban Das Baul (vocals), Adel Salameh (oud) and George Michael.

Eduardo has recorded 23 albums and performed around the globe including at the Tbilisi, Brecon & Cairo Jazz Festivals, Jaipur Festival and the Queen Elizabeth Hall London,
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EDUARDO NIEBLA FULL BIOGRAPHY

In a career spanning four decades, flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla has been acclaimed as one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion today. And his highly lyrical, passionately poetic style, with explorations into Indian, Arabic and classical music, has resulted in the most electrifying, brilliant and “poignantly poetic” guitar playing on the world circuit.

It’s a musical journey which has led to many collaborations with artists across the globe including jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Indian maestros Nishat & Wajahat Khan, Deepak Ram (bamboo flute) Kala Ramnath, Jyotsna Srikanth (Indian violin) & Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar), as well as flamenco bass pioneer Carles Benavent, his brother Salvador Niebla (drums), the spiritual gypsy singer and percussionist Paban Das Baul, Palestinian oud player Adel Salameh, electronic global phenomenon Juno Reactor, the Dante String Quartet and pop musicians George Michael and Craig David.

It’s a journey which continues today as Eduardo tours worldwide; he has appeared at the Cairo Jazz Festival, the Jaipur Festival India, the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Tbilisi International Jazz Festival, the Odessa Jazz Carnival, the Olympic Games Greece, the San Isidro Fiesta Madrid, Glastonbury and the Brecon International Jazz Festivals, as well as extensive concert tours throughout Europe, the Baltic States, the Middle East and South Africa.

Since 1974 Eduardo has made 23 albums of his original compositions, recording for BASF, EMI Odeon, Venture Virgin, Jazz-Point, Riverboat Records, SOL Records and LMR Records. Latterly Eduardo has produced his albums at his own recording studios in North Yorkshire (UK) including his latest CD “My Gypsy Waltz” which he launched to acclaim at Celtic Connections Glasgow and the Queen Elizabeth Hall London last year: intricate, passionate flamenco fused with a myriad of Eastern colours and a Gypsy-jazz edge.

“His latest album demonstrates his fluid, technically brilliant guitar work… and the standout track is the 18 minute India, a series of meditations on poverty and resilience, in which lyrical, drifting guitar passages are matched against rousing interplay with Srikanth’s violin… the exuberant title track…(and) the thoughtful and lyrical Rosie is another reminder of Niebla’s exquisite guitar work.” (THE GUARDIAN)

Eduardo is currently recording his new album, his 24th.

Throughout the years Eduardo has written music for films, documentaries and plays, including for the BBC, as well as collaborating with writers and poets, including Fran Landesman, Mike Horovitz and Ian McMillan. Recent commissions include:

“MY YORKSHIRE ROAD” - a collection of pieces for brass, choirs, folk musicians and guitar, with lyrics by Ian McMillan, premiered at the Ryedale Festival in 2011,

and a series of pieces for guitar and string quartet which he premiered with the Dante String Quartet in 2011 and which Eduardo presented in 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London with the Pavao String Quartet.

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Eduardo’s music is not only marked by brilliant technique, passion and verve, but a poignancy that comes from his childhood years and a desire always to create meaning, connection and truth.

Born in Tangiers Morocco in 1955 Eduardo is the 7th of 11 children and mythically the 7th son of the 7th child. In 1960, a politically turbulent time, the family became refugees and fled to Girona, Cataluña (Spain) where Eduardo grew up. It was an impoverished upbringing, but the guitar was his refuge and way out and at 18 Eduardo formed the cult symphonic rock band “Atila”. Soon Eduardo was rated alongside Paco de Lucia as one of the top guitarists in the Hispanic Peninsula and their early albums are now serious collectors’ items:
“Atila was the best act in the Canet Festival.” (Popular 1)
“The most brilliant moments arrived with the drum and guitar solos… the guitarist was mobbed and carried shoulder high.” (Disco Express)