Vicente Amigo

Vicente Amigo, born in Guadalcanal Seville in 1967, was raised and lived in Cordoba since he Vicente Amigo flamenco guitar maestrowas five years old. He got his first guitar when he was 8 years old. At the Cordoba guitar academies, he became one of their most outstanding students of Juan Munoz and Merengue de Cordoba. Today Vicente Amigo is considered as one of flamenco's best and most innovative guitarists and composers. The professional career of Vicente Amigo started as an apprentice of the legendary guitarist from Cadiz, Manolo Sanlucar with whom Vicente worked together for about 10 years, playing the third flamenco guitar in his group. After this period, Vicente accompanied flamenco singer El Pele. As a duet, Vicente Amigo and El Pele succeeded in setting a new trend in contemporary flamenco by showing how deep, profound and intense the connection, between a flamenco singer and guitarist, can be. Vicente and Pele released the albums ‘La fuente de lo jondo’ in 1986, participated by Isidro Munoz, brother of Manolo Sanlucar and the album ‘Poeta de Esquinas Blandas’ in 1990. In 1989 Vicente Amigo worked together with the legendary Camaron de La Isla on the album ‘Soy Gitano’, winning the prestigious Ramon Montoya Award. In the same year In 1989, Vicente Amigo began his solo career winning the first prize in guitar at the prestigious Festival ‘Nacional del Cante de las Minas de la Unión’. In 1991 Vicente performed with Paco de Lucia at the international guitar festival ‘Leyendas de la Guitarra’ in Seville. And also in 1991, Vicente amigo his first solo album, ‘De Mi Corazón Al AirVicente amigo and El Pelee’, awarded with two prestigious national prizes, was released. This first solo album consists of eight themes, all composed by Vicente Amigo, including guest performances of Tino di Geraldo, Antonio Carmona, José Mercé and Javier Latorre. In 1992, as a tribute to poet Rafael Alberti, Vicente composed and recorded the ‘Concierto Flamenco Para un Marinero en Tierra’, orchestrated by the great composer Leo Brower, winning the music award in the category of the best flamenco artist and best flamenco composer. Driven by his eagerness and interest in other forms of music, but never leaving his true flamenco roots, Vicente Amigo performed in many important festivals such the Martinica 92 Festival, sharing the stage with the American jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan or the ‘Midem de Cannes’ in 1999, sharing the stage with John McLaughlin.

In 1995 Vicente Amigo releases his second album ‘Vivencias Imaginadas’. In this record PacoVicente Amigo meeting La Sonanta De Lucia collaborate with Vicente in a free composition as a homage to Pat Metheny. Two years later in 1997, the third album of Vicente Amigo ‘Poeta’ receive the flamenco awards by the ‘Premios de la Música’, the Spanish Grammys equivalent. Vicente Amigo his 4th record, "Ciudad de las ideas" won the Latin Grammy for the best flamenco record in 2000, and in 2004 his DVD "En concierto desde Córdoba" was released.

In 2003 he recovered his previous duet with El Pele when they recorded "Canto" together. In 2005 Vicente released another album, ‘Un momento en el sonido’ and in May 2009 Vicente Amigo released his sixth album ‘Paseo de Gracia’, participated by the flamenco singers Rafael de Utrera and Miguel Ortega and percussionists Tino di Geraldo and Paquito Gonzalez.