Germán López
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Germán López
Canary Island Sounds

Germán López

MAR 14–17 | STRINGS AROUND THE WORLD

Mar 16
Joe Henderson Lab

The greatest living master of the five-string Spanish timple and a global ambassador for the music of the Canary Islands, Germán López performs a selection of buoyant, joyous material from his new album Canela y Limón.

Entering the Conservatory of Music in his home city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria at the age of seven, López demonstrated prodigious skills on piano and a keen interest in jazz, first giving public concerts at age ten and discovering the diminutive string instrument that would become his career while performing duets with renowned timple virtuoso José Antonio Ramos. A descendent of the 17th century European baroque guitar, the timple is related to the South American cavaquinho, cuatro and charango, and is an instrument indigenous to the Canary Islands. As music from the area has attained a global status as a rich and unique art form, the artists associated with it have risen in profile, with López as its greatest star. The 36-year-old has performed multiple times at the WOMEX Festival and collaborated with global music luminaries including Sidiki and Toumani Diabaté, Pancho Amat, and António Zambujo. López’s newest album, Canela y Limón (cinnamon and lemon), is a spectacular document of his original compositions, performed in duet with guitarist Antonio Toledo.

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Entrancing stuff, beautifully performed.

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Germán López timple
Antonio Toledo guitar

Personnel

Germán López timple
Antonio Toledo guitar

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German Lopez

Canela y Limón

German Lopez

Imaginando Folías

German Lopez

Canela y Limón

German Lopez

Imaginando Folías