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Carlos Montoya & Andres Segovia

A Spanish guitarist and composer, Carlos Montoya made a lasting contribution to music between the 20s and 50s. He introduced the flamenco style of music as a serious form of guitar music. Traditionally flamenco music was used to accompany gypsy folk dancers and singers but Carlos Montoya changed it into a main genre of music.

Carlos Montoya was born into a gypsy family in Spain. His interest in music and the guitar began at an early age. He began studying the guitar with his mother and a neighboring barber, eventually learning from Pepe el Barbero, a guitarist and teacher. Not only was he interested in playing the guitar, Carlos Montoya wanted to learn the history of flamenco music. Flamenco music came out of the Moorish invasion of Spain. His uncle, Ramon Montoya, was a successful flamenco guitarist also. Carlos Montoya started playing professionally at the age of 14, playing for singers and dancers at the cafes in Madrid. Two of the dancers he most often played for were La Teresina and La Argentina.

Wanting to broaden his musical career, Carlos Montoya began touring in the 20s and 30s. His tours included performances in Europe, Asia and North America. He accompanied several performers including La Argentina again. He had finally made a name for himself as a flamenco guitarist.

When World War II broke out in the 1940s, Carlos Montoya was on tour in the United States with dancer La Argentinita. During the war he decided to settle in New York City and eventually became a United States citizen. In 1945 La Argentinita died but Carlos Montoya toured on his own, opening his repertoire to include not only flamenco but also blues, jazz and folk music.

His career took a different turn in 1948 when he began touring with symphonies and orchestras and performing his own guitar recitals. Carlos Montoya became the first flamenco guitarist to tour the world with symphonies and orchestras. His appearances did not stop there, he performed on television and gave several solo recitals. During his touring he recorded more than 40 albums, some with symphonies and orchestras. His albums include Flamenco Guitar and The Art of Flamenco. One of the most notable is Suite flamenco, a concerto he performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1966.

Carlos Montoya made a very important contribution to flamenco music, transforming it from a dance accompaniment to a style of its own. With his own style, he adapted it to other genres of music, all along making himself an international star. Carlos Montoya died at the age of 89 in Wainscott, NY. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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Magic Man !!!
meraviglioso !
I saw Montoya in fullerton ca in 1968. Couldn't believe how fast his fingers moved. This is a reminder.... . . . . . . . . .
Wow, these two together - staggering!
Many a long year ago I had the wonderful experience of seeing Andres Segovia in SF. Beautiful beautiful music. He will be forever missed.
My wife-to-be and I heard Carlos Montoya play in Philadelphia in 1980 on one of our first dates. She had been living in Spain, and I was in Costa Rica before we met. Montoya mesmerized us with his flamenco! It made us feel closer to each other, more in harmony, deepened our love. Music certainly can do that! Gracias, Carlos.
i heard Carlos Montoya at Del Mar college in Corpus Christi,Tex. in 1969,i was19 at the time and he played at Del Mar auditorium,i was going there so i saw him f/ free!it was an amazing experience!
johnnyohania n
hard to believe a human being can do this, magic!
I heard Carlos Montoya at the University of Fla, mid-sixties. Intimate setting, less than a hundred turned out for his concert. Remember that there is but a single guitar making these sounds. I was seated maybe 20 feet away, and could see the digital dexterity needed to make these sounds. Months later, I went to an Andres Segovia concert. I am blessed.
xtimu
Estoy loca para flamenco.
also living!
an insiration to me while sculpting and painting
Excellente!! !
jn_mijares
good listening
JUST FANTASTIC MUSIC!
REAL RECOGNIZES REAL
I saw Segovia and Montoya (not together!) and decided that my aspirations for becoming a guitarist were misplaced.
melodie0816
<3
SOLD!
Montoya is the Demi-God of Flamenco Guittar and probabley the best that ever was.
Wow!
You won't find 'Sevilla' better performed anywhere than by two of the great guitar masters of all time than Montoya and Segovia! Exquisite.
I love it
Mr.Carlos Montoya is the best Guitarist in this World.
In addition to Montoya, Segovia, Sabicas, Romero, De Lucia, Bonfa, Parkening -- others-- there are additional South American guitar artists who currently exemplify the classical/ja z z style of this genre. Look to Peru, Ecuador... some amazing artists. Most of the masters of this genre are no longer with us - look for fresh talent. It still exists.
nsw33
Please add Andre Segovia as an available artist; you can't do justice to the style w/o him.
sjuni
Sabicas has a similar story -- he is also often credited with being "the first" to raise flamenco guitar to solo concert stage performance levels. Both of these artists are (were) treasures to the world and are representati v e of the classical style of flamenco -- from before the new wave started by Paco De Lucia. Pandora finally added some music by Sabicas (thank you!) -- which should be linked to/from Montoya in the "Similar Artists" links. Please keep adding more classical flamenco!
Good , but compared to Segovia, he is a student!
I couldn't agree more. I was disappointed to find that I couldn't add Pepe Romero. Segovia should stand alone not be defined only by his work with Montoya.
Please add Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, others
I completely agree. I was trying to start a station with just Andres Segovia and was disappointed to only find him combined with Carlos Montoya. While Montoya is amazing in his own right, Segovia played much more than spanish/flam e n c o style peices. I recently got a box set of Segovia and I think he deserves to be singled out :)
Please separate Segovia from this artist. Segovia deserves a different entry, as do many classical guitar performers. Classical guitar is different from flamenco. It also goes beyond Spain. Thank you for your consideratio n .

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