The Bridge with Ahmed and Eduardo

The Bridge with Ahmed and Eduardo

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 7.00pm

The famous composer and guitarist Eduardo Martín joins the renowned young guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas in a duo that masterfully explores the diverse beauty and styles of the Cuban contemporary music scene.

When Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas first heard the music of fellow countryman Eduardo Martín he felt euphoric. Martín’s style has an expansive sense of freedom that taps into pre Columbus traditions, jazz, flamenco, pop, Afro and traditional Cuban. The guitar is his favored instrument to mirror the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of the Americas’ cultural diversity.

Eduardo’s music has been performed worldwide within the classical guitar genre over the last 30 years. He is also the first Latin American composer to win Radio France International Guitar Competition. Described as “a true pioneer” (Classic FM Magazine), award winning London-based Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school.

Before moving to England, Dickinson Cárdenas took lessons with Eduardo and their friendship, idiosyncratic empathy and mutual respect has since transformed into a vehicle that connects, incorporates and juxtaposes their different generations, their musical ideas and ultimately the spiritual journey that drives this unique record.

'The Bridge' album is a compilation of some of Eduardo’s most alluring works for two guitars, where rock merges with son montunos; old Yoruba chants, feel-good rumbas, funk- boleros, new age tunes and cinematic pieces sit alongside Cuban tumbaos with slap bass.

The album is a wondrous display of fluidity, a continuous study of the Latin guitar, past and present.

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