Carlos - Spanish, Classical, Blues Guitarist & Vocalist

This extremely versatile guitarist plays everything from Spanish and classical guitar and/or electric guitar and vocals in blues/rock/soul & funk styles - all to a very high standard.

He was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England and educated at Bolton School. He studied guitar at the Huddersfield College of Music and later with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz. In 1973 at Huddersfield he formed a highly-successful guitar duo partnership with a vast archive of recordings (they recorded for Teldec Classics, Hyperion, ASV, RCA, Telstar, Box Tree, IMP Classics, Carlton Classics, Erato and many more). The duo have also made numerous broadcasts and have many international tours to their credit.

In 1997 he gave the premiere of his own, "Concerto Primavera" for guitar and marimba with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Ian Tracey.

In 1998 he performed Joaquin Rodrigo's, "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (cond. Carl Davis) to an audience of 3,500.

He played at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2002 BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to these activities, he was also a member of the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra and currently works occasionally with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing both classical and electric guitars (recently playing with them in Hyde Park in the Proms in the Park concert (broadcast in December 2002 on BBC1). He has also collaborated with artists as diverse as world famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, soprano Lesley Garrett, American mezzo soprano, Denyce Graves, flautist Atarah Ben Tovim, the young British tenor and rising superstar, Russell Watson, rock bands Jethro Tull and Deep Purple and jazz/soul singer, Madeline Bell.

He also has a book published by American publisher Mel Bay Publications. It has been enthusiastically received by the critics and is rapidly becoming a best-seller.

 

 

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Carlos - Spanish, Classical, Blues Guitarist & Vocalist Repertoire

  • Canarios – Gaspar Sanz
  • 6 Lute pieces of the Renaissance
  • Capricho Arabe – Francisco Tarrega
  • Lagrima – Tarrega
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Tarrega
  • Malaguena (Trad. Arr. Hill)
  • Homage a Tarrega – Joaquin Turina (Garrotin – Soleares)
  • El Noy de la Mare – (Trad. Arr. Llobet)
  • Prelude in D minor – J.S.Bach
  • Courante – J.S.Bach
  • Gavotte (4th. Lute Suite) – J.S.Bach
  • Variations on a Theme by Mozart – Fernando Sor
  • Guardame Las Vacas – Luis de Narvaez
  • Fantasia – Alonso Mudarra
  • Concerto in D – Antonio Vivaldi
  • Melancholy Galliard – John Dowland
  • My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe – John Dowland
  • Asturias – Isaac Albeniz
  • Sevilla – Isaac Albeniz
  • Berceuse – Leo Brouwer
  • Danza del Altiplano – Leo Brouwer
  • Alegrias – Celedonio Romero
  • El Colibri – Julio Sagreras
  • Cavatina – Stanley Myers
  • Suite Espanol – Gaspar Sanz
  • Conversa de Baiana – Dilermando Reis
  • Si Ela Perguntar – Reis
  • Xodo de Baiana – Reis
  • Yesterday – McCartney
  • Danza Brasilera – Jorge Morel
  • Misionera – Federico Bustamente
  • Peal of Bells – Pernambuco
  • Eternal Dance – Hill
  • Canzone – Hill
  • Fiesta – Hill
  • Alegrias (Trad. Arr. Hill)
  • Soleares (Trad)
  • Vals No 3 – Antonio Lauro
  • Esercizio in A minor – Mauro Giuliani
  • Estudio No 1 – Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Greensleeves
  • Sonata in A – Scarlatti
  • Sonata in E minor – Scarlatti
  • Sonata in E minor – Scarlatti
  • Waltz No. 4 – Agustin Barrios
  • Study No 12 – Sor
  • Study in B minor – Sor
  • Danza – Ruiz Pipo
  • Caprice No. 7 – Luigi Legnani
  • Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios - Barrios
  • Romanza (arr. Hill) . Anon.
  • Caprice No. 33 – Legnani
  • Caprice No. 28 – Legnani
  • La Catedral – Barrios
  • Fragile - Sting
  • El Marabino – Lauro
  • La Paloma – Iradier
  • Zapateado – Sabicas
  • Choros No. 1 – Villa-Lobos
  • Prelude No.1 – Villa-Lobos
  • Prelude No.2 – Villa-Lobos
  • Prelude No.3 – Villa-Lobos
  • Prelude No. 4 - Villa-Lobos
  • Prelude No.5 – Villa-Lobos
  • Jota (Trad)
  • Jota California - Hill
  • Scherzino Mexicana – Ponce
  • Panaderos Flamencos
  • Las Abejas – Barrios
  • Spanish Dance No.10 – Granados
  • Variations on ‘Baccanali di Roma’ – Mauro Giuliani
  • Take Five – (arr.Hill) Dave Brubeck
  • Vals No..3 – Agustin Barrios
  • Sakura (Theme & Variations on a Japanese Folk Song) – Yuquijiro Yocoh
  • Rumores de la Caleta – Isaac Albeniz
  • Una Dia de Noviembre – Leo Brouwer
  • Tango en Skai – Roland Dyens
  • Prelude (from Cello Suite No. 1) – J.S.Bach
  • Prelude from 4th Lute Suite – J.S.Bach
  • Rondo in C – Mauro Giuliani
  • Esercizio in C – Mauro Giuliani
  • Double in B minor – J.S.Bach
  • Sunburst – Andrew York
  • Sonata – Mateo Albeniz
  • Concierto de Aranjuez – Joaquin Rodrigo
  • The Miller's Dance – Manuel de Falla
  • Madronos – Federico Moreno-Torroba
  • Prelude No 1 (Well-Tempered Clavier) – J.S.Bach
  • Koyunbaba (4th movement) – Carlo Domeniconi
  • O Sole Mio (Arr. Tarrega) – E. di Capua
  • Classical Gas – Williams
  • Danza de Cala Luna – Inti Illimani
  • Fantastic Mr Felix – Hill
  • Brasilia – Hill
  • Jacaranda – Hill
  • King of Cordoba - Hill
  • Chill 22 – Hill
  • Celtic Concerto – Robin Hill (3 movements)
  • For Turlough – Return to Islay – Rakes of Kildare
  • Electric Tracks include:
  • Unchain My Heart – Joe Cocker
  • Hideaway – Freddie King
  • Black Magic Woman – Santana
  • Samba Pa Ti – Santana
  • Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King
  • We Gotta Get Out of this Place – The Animals
  • Europa – Santana
  • Riders on the Storm – The Doors
  • Light My Fire – The Doors
  • Johnny Be Goode – Chuck Berry
  • The Stumble – Freddie King
  • Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
  • No one to Depend On – Santana
  • She’s Not There – Santana
  • Guajira – Sntana
  • Evil Ways – Santana
  • Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
  • Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
  • Sweet Home Chicago – Clapton
  • Show Me – Joe Tex
  • House of the Risin’ Sun – The Animals
  • On Broadway – George Benson
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  • Knock on Wood – Edwin Starr
  • Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  • Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
  • Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – Temptations

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Louise White, January 2013

"There's nothing they can"t play. The whole evening constituted a breath of stimulating fresh air in a scene where so many duos simply lack the technical equipment to make it to the big time. For this duo anything is possible." Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine (for the duo)

"The musicianship was quickly established as first class. The playing throughout was impeccable. It was very demanding on them all and we had all experienced something remarkable." Chris Dumigan Classical Guitar Magazine

 

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