Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation

Piano City. Diego Amador

17 June 2022



Free admission upon invitation download

Nave 17. Nave una

Piano City comes to Madrid for the first time to celebrate the European Day of Music and Matadero will host a concert by Diego Amador

At the age of nineteen, Diego Amador had the opportunity to record his first album titled Anticipo Flamenco (Philips, 1994) where he showed his precocious passion for jazz and piano. That work was produced by Ricardo Pachón and counted with the collaboration of Cuban singer Omara Portuondo. In his subsequent albums, El aire de lo puro (Nuevos Medios, 2001) and Piano Jondo (Nuevos Medios, 2003), he showed his unique way of interpreting the piano as if it were a guitar, which has become his hallmark and has led him to be recognized as a great master of flamenco piano. At the same time, he consolidated himself as a superb cantaor, his powerful flamenco voice, his free and personal style were reflected in his next album Río de los Canasteros (Nuevos Medios, 2008). That year he obtained his first nomination to the Latin Grammy Awards in the category of Best Flamenco Album. Then would come Live in Paris / Flamenco Jazz Tribute, an album recorded live in 2012, a tribute to the great masters who have inspired him throughout his career.... Bill Evans, Paco de Lucia, Camaron de la Isla, Juan Talega, Anibal Troilo, Horacio Salgan, among others.

In 2013 he records his sixth album Scherzo Flamenco and the international press calls him "one of the most brilliant flamenco pianists of all time". Afterwards, he spends a season in Miami and Mexico where he records Soy de las 3000 (Alacran Records, 2017) album in which Diego gives the lead role to the singing, explores the world of salsa and Latin rhythms escorted by two great masters of music, his compatriot Alejandro Sanz and the Venezuelan Oscar D'León known as "El Faraón de la Salsa". With this album, produced by Cuban musician and arranger Alain Perez, Diego presented the work in the most important Latin American stages reaching with "La Sandunguita", the number 1 of Billboard's Tropical Songs list.

Diego Amador has collaborated with great flamenco stars such as Camarón de la Isla, Diego El Cigala, Tomatito or Remedios Amaya, and has shared the stage with contemporary jazz figures such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Luis Salinas, Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, among many others. With the complicity of Nuevos Medios, the record label where he asserted his personality and cemented his prestige, Diego Amador has immersed himself in the vast Spanish and Latin American popular songbook. VIVIR (2019) is the title of his latest album. 2020 he has dedicated to produce, play, compose and record, but mainly to develop his way of bequeathing the Art he knows, calling it Suena Flamenco, with virtual meetings and master classes to share the secrets that entail Sonar Flamenco and well.

He is currently immersed in a project for the preservation and repositioning of Paco de Lucia's work together with musician Jose Maria Bandera.

About Piano City
Between June 17 and 19 the piano will be the protagonist of 60 free concerts scattered throughout the city both in outdoor environments and in some of the most representative spaces of the capital. Organized by TopArtEspaña, with the collaboration of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sport, this meeting also has the artistic advice of the pianist Chano Domínguez from Cadiz.