Guitarra Del Sol
Originally designed for the 'LIfedance' company. This album quickly became one of their biggest sellers. They were looking for an album of guitar music with a lazy but cheerful mood and 'Guitarra del Sol' was exactly right. While most albums of this nature offer single note, pick style guitar playing, Mr. Arizaga has managed to keep alive the essence of the true Spanish Guitar with it's varied and colorful playing techniques. The songs were chosen to evoke a sunny Club Med type atmosphere that are sure to add to good times, or conjure memories of the same, on not so sunny days. Richly orchestrated and marvelously recorded, 'Guitarra del Sol' is sure to bring a warm smile and a cheerful heart. Antonio Joaquin Arizaga has had a long and illustrious career as a performer, recording artist and music educator. Maestro Arizaga's mastery of the Spanish Guitar indicates devotion and respect for this art form, which dates back centuries. His live concert repertoire includes dramatic and brilliantly executed performances of Spanish guitar. After attending California Institute of the Arts, Arizaga went on to play master classes with, Julian Bream, Pepe and Angel Romero, among others and studied privately with Pepe Romero of Los Romeros - "Royal Family of the Guitar." He has a reputation as an inspiring teacher and is an avid musical scholar. In solo performance, Arizaga has achieved the resonant and lyrical touch that coaxes from the guitar an authentic and breathtaking sound. Dazzling execution of challenging fingerwork graces every song in his repertoire, bringing alive the dancing rhythms of flamenco. The range of nuance he elicits from the guitar demonstrates virtuosic technique and intuitive insight into the spirit of the music that is truly breathtaking to experience. Arizaga goes beyond mere technical excellence. Through every brilliant musical show stopper breaths the ineffable angst of the Spanish soul. Flamenco Artist Antonio Joaquin Arizaga, carries the listener through time and space, gracing the stage with ancient music of Spain much to the delight of his audiences'