New album SUN:
"A new musical continent in the heart of the Mediterranean"
Take three strong musical heads – Ricardo Esteve with the flamenca guitar, Matthieu Saglio with the cello, and Jesús Gimeno with the drums, let them meet in 2002 in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, and you get Jerez-Texas, a mix of flamenco, classical music and jazz.
Group with variable geometry
Since then, as their meetings have gone on, the three virtuosi have surrounded themselves with other artists. Guided by human as well as musical alchemy, the trio has become a group with variable geometry, widening its initial style to a richer universe. Since then, on the second album Patchwork, the “cante flamenco” of the singer-dancer Isabel Julve mixes with traditional folk songs from Josep Aparicio “Apa”, the warm Wolof of Abdoulaye N’Diaye and the delightfully jazzy voice of Ester Andújar. To present new album SUN live, Jerez-Texas will perform with Isabel Julve and the great trumpetist David Pastor. As a result, the compositions of Jerez-Texas have drawn the shore of a new musical continent in the heart of the Mediterranean.
This thirst for collaboration, associated with a fierce independent spirit, makes the Jerez-Texas path unpredictable. “We don’t even know ourselves where this adventure will lead us” confess the musicians. “There is no plan ahead. We use jazz as a bridge between classical music and flamenco, but, as we are not jazz musicians, we are a bit iconoclastic, we create our own rules”.
On stage, the group impresses with the enthusiasm
and the amazement they create at each concert. The infectious
rapport the musicians share with the public transforms their show into moments
of intense emotion: skilful but always accessible, technical
but sensual, the music from Jerez-Texas speaks to experts
in search of new sound emotions as well as to ordinary music lovers.
The gamble has paid off, if one is to judge by the success of more than 300 concerts around the globe: Spain, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Haïti, Namibia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the States, Kuwait, Qatar, Panama, Nicaragua, Belgium...