Juan Gómez ‘Chicuelo’ is one of the most outstanding guitarists in the flamenco scene and one of the most prolific and interesting composers of recent generations. In his extensive career, his name appears alongside singers such as Enrique Morente, Miguel Poveda, Duquende, Mayte Martín, Rancapino, Chano Lobato, José Mercé, El Cigala, Potito and Carmen Linares, just to mention a few.
Caminos is the new project from the guitarist Juan Gómez ‘Chicuelo’. It comprise tangos, alegrías, bulerías and granaínas, and with an unusual formation it opens new sound pathways in flamenco.
The pure touch of ‘Chicuelo’, the delicate drums of David Gómez and the virtuoso cello of Martín Meléndez envelop Karen Lugo’s dancing. Karen, in turn, generates new forms by dancing to the slightest whisper. Without cante, cajón or palmas, Caminos‘ repertoire is made up of stories with flamenco rhythms. From a lullaby to a tribute to Djiango Reinhardt, alegrías are transformed by Meléndez’s cello and bulerías by Gómez’s drums. The show brings together freshness, strength and art, and transmits these characteristics with the same naturalness that connects the four artists on stage.
Juan Gómez “Chicuelo” | guitar
Martín Meléndez | cello
David Gómez | drums
Karen Lugo | baile
“And yes, there is something technological in Karen Lugo’s dancing, which glided in a way that is at once flamenco and yet also robotic, with a flow that is at the same time tremendously human and also digital, as if modelled in 3D. There is something futuristic in the crystalline touch of Chicuelo and the precision and discretion of David Gómez, ideal counterpoints to the exuberance of Martín Meléndez’s cello. And if it is not the future, it is at least something quite the opposite of nostalgia or reverence for the past.”
Monge, Álvaro (2021). Chicuelo, in search of where he has not been before. El Periódico. August 30.
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