The legendary Manuel Cano to end the weekend. A 45 ep he made for RCA Victor Records France in 1962. Manuel Cano is well known among students of Flamenco Guitar, and certainly is an institution in his native Spain. But outside of his home country, Europe and Japan, particularly in the U.S. he isn’t very well known at all. Eclipsed by the acknowledged Flamenco masters; Sabicas, Segovia and Montoya.
Manuel Cano came to the guitar relatively late. Even though he was given his first guitar at age 7, it wasn’t until he was in his late 20s that he devoted his life to Flamenco Guitar, and became one of its most admired protagonists. In addition to his astonishing skills as a musician, Cano was also a composer and teacher. He won the chair of flamenco guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Music “Rafael Orozco” of Córdoba, which allowed him to dedicate himself to training while composing. He edited a score of LPs , among them, Ramón Montoya‘s Evocation of the guitar(International Flamenco Disco Award). He toured Europe and Japan giving concerts, with great success. In 1965 he was awarded the guitar Sabicas prize of the National Contest of Flamenco Art of Cordoba. In 1986 his book, La guitarra, historia, estudio y aproximaciones a la arte flamenco , was born, a key work in the study of the flamenco guitar and for which he won the research prize of that year in the chair of Flamencología de Jerez . He was also a permanent academic at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada and advisor to UNESCO . After his death in 1990, in 1992 he posthumously received the Medal of Andalusia acknowledging that he was a “great instrumentalist, scholar of Andalusian folklore, holder of the first official chair of Flamenco Guitar at the Conservatory of Music of Córdoba and composer, being a great promoter of the investigation of our folklore and a Master for future generations.
Get ready for Monday . . . .