Flamencoated Music for the Acoustic Guitar | Daniël van den Berg

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This is a set of tracks I have written for the acoustic guitar. They are all very recent. In the process of making I invited Jamie Rhind, piano, and Mirko Borach, fretless bass, to add their magic to them. It's been years that I have picked up an acoustic guitar, but these tracks come from my lifelong interest in the acoustic guitar, especially Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, but of course also flamenco Nuevo, Jazz and Classical guitar music, as you might hear.
I hope to build an entire album with them, one at a time. This is the result so far. I hope you'll enjoy my explorations on the acoustic guitar!

Dan van den Berg

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released May 30, 2015

All music, mixing and guitars by Daniël van den Berg, 2014, 2015, 2016
Guitars:
Paulino Bernabe, Taller de Guitarras, Model-50, 2001, classical concert guitar
Marín, Modelo Estudio /9 Calidad, 1997, Malaga, Spain, flamenco guitar
Joan Cashimira, modelo 145, spruce top w/ cocobolo sides and back, Gata de Gorgos (Alicante), 2015
Ibanez JS100, with octave for bass lines

Jamie Rhind: piano and piano arrangements on "Daydreamers on the Spanish Highway"
Mirko Borach: Fretless bass and bass arrangements on "Veils in the Serpent Wind"

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Daniel van den Berg Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Architect/partner by profession I find myself playing guitar and writing these tracks in afterhours, at nights, evenings, when in need of a dose of guitar sounds.

I have been playing guitar since I was 11 years old, largely self-taught and have tried different styles and instruments, Renaissance lute, Flamenco, Classical guitar and fusion.
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Track Name: A Web of Sighs | Homage to García Lorca
The Guitar
Federico García Lorca

Ft: Cola Franzen (trans.)

The weeping of the guitar
begins.
The goblets of dawn
are smashed.
The weeping of the guitar
begins.
Useless
to silence it.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps monotonously
as water weeps
as the wind weeps
over snowfields.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps for distant
things.
Hot southern sands
yearning for white camellias.
Weeps arrow without target
evening without morning
and the first dead bird
on the branch.
Oh, guitar!
Heart mortally wounded
by five swords.

Spanish original

Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Se rompen las copas
de la madrugada.
Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Es inútil
callarla.
Es imposible
callarla.
Llorra monótona
como llora el agua,
como llora el viento
sobre la nevada.
Es imposible
callarla.
Llora por cosas
lejanas.
Arena del Sur caliente
que pide camelias blancas.
Llora flecha sin blanco,
la tarde sin mañana,
y el primer pájaro muerto
sobre la rama.
¡Oh guitarra!
Corazón malherido
por cinco espadas.