Arcángel, flamenco cantaor.
“I need to explore
I get bored always singing the same thing”
Silvia Calado. Madrid, December 2005
Translation: Joseph Kopec
is now ruling over his third album. He doesn't want to stray
from the line of his previous albums, but the production by
Isidro Muñoz will inevitably give it “a substantial
change”. Self-critical and a perfectionist, the Huelva-born
cantaor is working day by day to “pass what you have
in your head to your instrument” as faithfully as possible.
And that's why all his performances are a challenge with himself...
and a unique experience. Joining the live shows and recording
is a new project: a show which will premiere at Seville's
next Bienal. It will be dedicated to a cante figure... but
he doesn't want to spill the beans. Any bets?
What projects does Arcángel currently have
on the agenda?
I'm trying to get my third album ready, mainly. And besides
the concerts, I've also started to prepare a show I'm going
to premiere at Bienal de Sevilla 2006, which I can't give
you the scoop on at all.
What stage of preparing the album are you at?
Right now we're choosing the songs and defining the general
concept the record's going to have. I want to go to the studio
in April and May, with the idea of having it out on the market
at the end of the year.
Does it go along the lines of the two previous ones,
‘Arcángel’ and ‘La
My line is always going to be in relation to what I've done
previously. As there's a change in production, since this
time it's going to be taken care of by Isidro Muñoz,
I guess there'll be a substantial change.
Besides, Isidro Muñoz is a producer with a very pronounced
As he has a trademark so much his own, I hope you can tell
the difference, but without getting away from the line I like
What draws you about the way Isidro Muñoz
Above all, the peculiarity. And his perseverance and his
involvement, since I know that when he gets into a project,
he gets fully involved and takes it very seriously. Of course,
I'm also drawn by his genius as a composer.
Arcángel (Photo: Daniel
Have you two already decided what guitars you'll
have on the album?
I'm in favor of there being at least a couple of guitars.
I think it gives a record the necessary variety. But besides
that, I want it to be an album which is very faithful live.
So my idea is to be able to have musicians who I can later
sing with live. I want my third album to sound like a well-recorded
“I want my third album to sound like a well-recorded
It's eye-catching that in flamenco live premieres
of new albums don’t have to necesarily include the compositions
of the new album...
That's something we flamenco artists should improve. We do
usually take the presentation seriously, but then... I always
try and pick back up little things off my albums, albeit touches.
It's also true that in flamenco you're obliged by the places.
If you go to a festival, the most fitting thing is to do a
classic repertoire. Then when you face a solo performance,
you can choose a broader range and do what you want. That's
not very frequent, unfortunately.