Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus

“Barlande” (In Finé)
ギタリストのPedro Solerと息子のチェリストGaspar Clausによるコラボレーションアルバム。モダンなアレンジを加えた、タイムレスなフラメンコ・サウンド。

Two generations collide on an album that fuses roots and innovation: revered guitarist Pedro Soler and his son, cello prodigy Gaspar Claus, present timeless flamenco infused with modern tonalities.


Pedro Soler, born in Narbonne in 1938, is a master of flamenco guitar. Over the course of a long career that stretches all the way back to the 1950s, Soler – whose influences include both the guitar playing of Ramón Montoya and the poetry of García Lorca – has worked with such noted musicians as Jacinto Almadén, Pericon de Cadiz, Enrique Morentes, Rafael Romero, Atahualpa Yupanqui and singers Maria Bethânia and Maria Casarès.

Pedro Soler is a self-taught guitarist who draws on the style of Ramón Montoya, the father of modern flamenco (a man whose career took off with the help of intellectuals like the poet García Lorca and the composer Manuel de Falla). But what really tipped the scales for Soler was a Paris concert by Jacinto Almadén (“Niño de Almadén”): Soler promptly dropped his architecture studies – and with them, his plan to follow in his architect father’s footsteps – and instead was soon touring Spain alongside Almadén, throwing himself into flamenco.

Along the way, Soler encountered countless stars of the flamenco scene and recorded frequently. Notable collaborators during the sixties and seventies included Pericon de Cadiz, Rafael Romero, José Maria Rodriguez, Enrique Morente and Atahualpa Yupanqui. He also worked as an accompanist for major singers like Maria Bethânia, Germaine Montero, Maria Casarès and Angélique Ionatos. His first album, Les Riches Heures du Flamenco, was recorded with Jacinto Almadén, Pepe de la Matrona and Joselito.

Soler has also proved open to a wide range of influences extending from the traditional to the contemporary. He has worked with Basque singer Beñat Achiary on several occasions – first on the 1991 album Lili Purprea, which also featured jazz players Bernard Lubat and Dominique Regef. Several years later, Soler and Achiary recorded the duo album Ene Kantu Ferde Ta Urdinak (1997).

A 2002 summit with Inés Bacán, Beñat Achiary, Majid Bekkas and Ramón Lopez in Casablanca yielded the 2003 live album La Cité Invisible. After an unaccompanied solo album, Luna Negra (2009), Pedro Soler recorded for the first time with his son, cellist Gaspar Claus. The resulting album, Barlande, was recorded in New York, with additional input from producer Bryce Dessner on guitar and, on the closing title “Encuentro en Brooklyn”, singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens on harmonium.

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