511 Des Moines St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Concert starts at 7:30
$20 general, $15 for students and HICGS members. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission tickets may be purchased on Facebook.
Following the concert will be a reception with the artist.
Jonathan “Juanito” Pascual is an internationally recognized guitarist and “flamenco phenom” (The Boston Globe). His sound is a truly organic blend of masterful traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, dedication to music as a global communicator, and passion for collaboration. Energized by the desire to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of flamenco, with its ancient roots, yet vibrant and evolving tradition, Juanito’s performances, recordings, and workshops reverberate with infectious charisma. Recent highlights include a performance at TEDx Nashville, an international tour with acclaimed and appearance in a documentary film with Flamenco icon Jorge Pardo, and performances for film scores in his new home of Los Angeles. Receiving praise for the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trioalbum (2014), All About Jazz noted “Pascual manages to uphold and extend the traditions of flamenco music, creating something distinctive in the process,” a sentiment cherished by Pascual, a dedicated 21st-century musician.
A talented educator, Juanito regularly hosts workshops in various cities in the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and Central America. Juanito created and directed the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 2005-2009. In 2011, his first method book was published, The Total Flamenco Guitarist (Alfred Press).
Juanito holds a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory and won second prize in the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition. He has studied with Adam del Monte, Parrilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlúcar, El Entri, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Boston-based maestro Dmitry Goryachev, and classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk.
In 2003, Juanito completed his first album of all original flamenco compositions, Cosas en Común, to critical acclaim and frequent radio play in the U.S. and abroad. His second release, Language of the Heart (2009), is a tour de force of contemporary flamenco guitar music generously showcasing his talents as composer, arranger and producer, interwoven with the musical talents of famed flamenco, jazz, and world musicians.
Listen to an interview HICGS president Steven Kennedy did with Iowa Public Radio host Jacqueline Halbloom on Juanito's concert. Thanks to IPR for producing the interview.