Distancias

by Julio Azcano

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    Comes in a wonderful gatefold case. The booklet content the photo series "Andando" from Gustavo Frittegotto with beautiful takes on Argentina's landscapes.

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"Julio Azcano's Distancias is a captivating compilation of solo guitar performances featuring carefully crafted originals and intricate introspective arrangements. Azcano grew up in Argentina, a musical environment known for its deep-seated tradition in the guitar. He holds two degrees, one in Classical Guitar completed in Mar del Plata near Buenos Aires, and the other in Jazz and Improvisation from the Zurich University of the Arts. As a solo artist or as a member of the critically acclaimed Eos Guitar Quartet, Azcano has performed at festivals across the globe. He has shared the stage with renowned performers from Leo Brouwer to Dino Saluzzi. Distancias is a recording inspired by his extensive travels taking the listener on diverse and enchanting musical explorations. Not since Ralph Towner has a guitarist so fully integrated sophisticated jazz improvisation within the framework of the classical guitar. The title track begins with soft deliberate melodic phrases, followed by dramatic rhythmic motifs and ending with thoughtful meditative sequences. Like Pat Metheny's acoustical work, Azcano creatively uses space and silence to build and enhance his reflective performances. "Los Girasoles" is a modern, dissident exercise and serves as a platform for the guitarist's sophisticated compositional and virtuosic talents. "Orbitaciones" (on a theme by K. Rosenwikel) features rapid rhythmic sequences flanked by incendiary single note passages. While "Spanish Stars" offers an elegant reading of Paul McCandless's gorgeous ballad. The album culminates with two "Polymetric Studies" written by Dusan Bogdanovic showcasing fiery percussive pyrotechnics and graceful reflective interludes. The pieces serve as an appropriate culmination to an album that is both elaborate and accessible. There is a timeless quality to this music, transcending eras or genres that is neither antiquated nor ephemeral. Julio Azcano's Distancias is an alluring union of eclectic compositions and brilliantly executed performances and is highly recommended for all fans of acoustic music." James Scott, Minor7th.com

"Conozco a Julio desde hace muchos años. Escuchando este trabajo pude percibir una vez más su evolucion como artista; más allá de la perfección técnica y la pureza de su sonido, que crece cada vez. La profundidad, el sentimiento y sobre todo su incansable búsqueda y compromiso, todo eso se refleja en este trabajo que es a la vez un viaje o muchos viajes unidos. "Distancias"que se agrandan y achican gracias a la magia de la música, composiciones donde conviven sonoridades Rioplatenses, Ritmos Folclóricos Argentinos y del Mundo, Flamenco, Jazz etc. Es un placer y un honor también que haya incluido una composición mia, "Cielo Abierto", en una hermosa interpretación. Espero que puedan disfrutarlo tanto como yo al escucharlo!" - Quique Sinesi

"Distancias is a delight to listen to. I've known Julio for many, many years now, since he was very young. I do not remember him ever not being an outstanding guitar player, he was already great even when he showed up at my studio for his first jazz lesson! What makes this recording special is that it gives the listener the chance to appreciate up close Julio the artist, the musical poet. He makes the music on this recording sound like one long and fluid piece, traveling through his own compositions like the evocative Distancias or seamlessly tackling the Polyme​tric Stud​y​​ IV by Dusan Bogdanovic. I can't wait until the rest of the world gets to listen to it! They're in for a treat!" - Pino Marrone

"Un disco con un filone cinematografico, dove la tematica è un lungo viaggio con tante storie, tante emozioni che ti fa trasportare dalla lettura dei titoli e dal suono, che inizi ad ascoltare e vuoi vedere e sentire il finale; di una classe poetica ed evocativa di gran qualità, dove arrangiamenti, interpretazione, improvvisazione la fanno da padrone. Adoro questo concetto chitarristico dove tutto è coperto, curato e orchestrato in un solo strumento: suono, armonia, ritmica, melodia, poesia. Suonato eccelsamente, consiglio fortemente al ascolto di questo meraviglioso lavoro discografico, augurando o aspettando come tutti i film il secondo lavoro di continuità." - Javier Girotto

"Ich habe Julio vor 10 Jahren kennengelernt und seither zahlreiche Konzerte mit ihm gespielt. Ob im Duo, im Trio mit Perkussion oder im Quartett mit E-Bass und Perkussion, immer habe ich ihn als sehr engagierten und künstlerisch kompromisslosen Menschen erlebt, offen für Neues und gleichzeitig tief in der Musik seiner Heimat verwurzelt. Das Album „Distancias“ zeigt einen Musiker, der seine Sprache gefunden hat – als Gitarrist und Komponist. Besonders eindrucksvoll kommt dies zur Geltung, wenn er Stücke von anderen Komponisten spielt. Wie alle grossen Musiker macht er sich diese zu eigen. Seine Version von „December“ klingt völlig anders als meine eigenen Einspielungen dieser Komposition. Dasselbe gilt für Paul McCandless’ bezaubernde Ballade „Spanish Stairs“. In den Händen Julios wird daraus spanische Gitarrenmusik. Eine wunderbare CD – nicht nur für Gitarristen." - Günter Wehinger

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released March 20, 2016

Julio Azcano - classical guitar

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Julio Azcano Lucerne, Switzerland

Different paths converge in the acoustic palette of Julio Azcano: the refining of his classic technique at his homeland Argentina and an international performing activity that includes concerts through South America, Asia, Europa and the USA. He is also member of the Eos Guitar Quartet. Guitar luminaries such as John McLaughlin, Roland Dyens or Ralph Towner have dedicated music this great ensemble ... more

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