Vicente Amigo has been called "the natural continuation of Paco de Luc+¡a." A former child prodigy, Amigo has continued to evolve as a musician and vocalist. In a 1998 interview, Amigo explained, "I believe that flamenco has always been something for adults, not just for children. To understand flamenco, you need maturity. You can learn to play the guitar as a child, you understand the technique. Also, of the singing, you can more or less understand the technique. But, the essence of flamenco is something that requires maturity." Amigo's involvement with music began at a very young age. At the age of five, he studied with influential flamenco guitarist Merengue de Cordoba. By the age of 15, Amigo was attracting attention as a prot+¬g+¬ of Paco Pe+¦a. Although he launched his professional career as a member of a band, Manolo Sanl+¦car, Amigo has performed most of his concerts as a soloist. Amigo has also accompanied numerous vocalists including El Pele and Luis de Cordoba, and dancers including Javier La Torre and Israel Galvan. Amigo collaborated with singer Jos+¬ Merc+¬ on the album De Amanacer. While flamenco remains the foundation of his sound, Amigo has been equally inspired by the jazz of Stanley Jordan, John McLaughlin, and Al di Meola. ~ Craig HarrisPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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