In case you haven't noticed, I have started publishing my compositions and arrangements and selling them online on the Sheet Music page . I have spent a lot of time getting these scores just right, they are very detailed and clear and I hope to add a lot more titles to the list of songs in due course. I have received lots of emails from students learning my arrangements and it really is a pleasure to have young players learning these scores. I also welcome suggestions for future arrangements. If you would like a free sample of the sheet music please click here . To view a list of the arrangements currently available click here .
I am also determined to get the Workshop area of the site up and running in the near future. I want to have different sections for different musical styles and put video lessons in each section. All the material will be free. Please send me an email if you would like to hear from me when the workshop is up and running.
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!
As a little something for Christmas, please click here to download a free mp3!
The David Buckingham Quartet with Francisco Antonio will play tonight on BBC Radio 2's Fiday Night Is Music Night. It is a special edition of the famous show entitled "Who's That Masked Man?" with interviews with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and live music from my Quartet and the fantastic 84 piece BBC Concert Orchestra recorded live at Maida Vale Studios, London.
The programme is broadcast tonight at 20:00 and will then be available on the iplayer for the next week.
BBC Radio 2 is on FM radio between 88-91FM in the UK and you can listen live here . The show will then be available throughout the following week on BBC Radio 2's iplayer .
The David Buckingham Quartet:
David Buckingham - Guitar
Jonathan Preiss - Guitar
Nick Cohen - Bass
Nic France - Percussion
I'm currently in the studio recording a new album which will be out for general release in November. I am recording the album in the legendary Estudio Bola in Seville where Artists such as Paco de Lucia, Camaron de la Isla, Matt Bianco, Rocio Jurado, amongst others, have recorded. Jesus Bola himself is mixing and will master the album and Dave Cooke is co-producing. The recording is going really well and I'm looking forward to releasing it soon.
I am setting up a new band with the talented Singer/Percussionist, Juanito Makande . The band also features Charley Bird on vocals and Nick Cohen on bass. There will be an official launch in the new year with performances at festivals throughout the U.K and Spain. I will post some of the new songs on the website as soon as they arrive...
Incidentally, Nick has just recorded on the HiFi Bossa album with Matt Bianco which is worth checking out!
I have been asked to play in a new show, Zorro The Musical . The music has been composed by The Gipsy Kings and the choreography by Rafael Amargo. We start a six week tour on the 4th of March and then go to the West End.
A belated happy new year to you all and thank you to all of you who bought my cd as christmas presents. I had a great time in the U.S.A over Christmas and the New Year recording with The Glenside Allstars in Philadelphia and working with Bob Marks in New York.
Sorry for the delay in adding news! I have just got back from the other side of the pond where I joined the talented singer/songwriter Mike Oristian on the final leg of his east-to-west coast tour of the United States. Mike is from Los Angeles but is based in New York at the moment gigging some great original material that is kind of Steely Dan-ish with a Los Angeles touch. We did some gigs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Allentown, New Jersey and I enjoyed them immensely. There is talk of more gigs in New York with Mike and his band - I'll keep ya posted!
The language barrier!!!!
On my first night in Philadelphia we went for a meal in a pretty decent "joint" - I was first asked if I wanted my burger with chips or fries? Then when my girlfriend asked for Salsa for her burger she was given a glass of tonic water! Then we were laughed at for asking some friends if they "fancied" joining us and then when we asked for "the bill" we came up against a blank expression (you see its the "check" on that side of the pond!) - There is honestly less confusion when ordering in Seville!
Oh, and I will be posting some tuition videos on the workshop page very soon...
Videos!!! - Click here to view a couple of videos of a new flamenco show I am working on. There will be more videos and more news about this show posted soon...
OK guys, a new album is in the pipeline...
I have started recording a few of the tracks here in the U.K with the excellent producer (and all round musical genius)Dave Cooke and in Seville, Spain at Estudio Bola. The new album will feature an aray of excellent Artists such as blues singer Sam Payne , Río Flamenco percussionist Karo Sampela, London-based singer Claire Furley and the creatively gifted Fran Cortés (son of famous spanish singer Chiquetete).
I am privileged to have these artists involved in the project and the tracks are taking shape nicely - although there is a lot of work to do yet...
I have a particularly great gig coming up:
Sunday 9th September at The Sage, Gateshead.
The concert will start at 14:30. It is in conjunction with the International Guitar Festival and will be a great gig!!
I will have a dates page up soon but for now will keep you posted via the news page of the best gigs...
As part of the International Guitar Festival's weekend at The Sage I will also be giving a flamenco workshop on Saturday 8th September and will be translating a workshop given by the amazing flamenco guitarist José Antonio Rodriguez on the Friday (7th)
I returned yesterday from the Aberdeen International Festival. This festival is one of the best organised that I have played at. I played 5 solo concerts and sold out 4 of them. They went down really well and already there are clips on youtube (I will get links from this site soon...)
Again Aberdeen was a great festival for meeting other talented Artists. A group that stood out particularly and who were very well received in all of their performances were IGEN, a contemporary dance group from Slovenia. They were performing their latest work HOUSE 22 which featured the charismatic choreographer Igor Jelen and his three beautiful dancers Mojca Majcen, Anka Rener and Bojana Misic. You can find them at www.igen.si
- Be sure to click on the video link on the bottom left of the home page and watch the video by Anka Rener - some great dance footage there! I would love to work with this group in the future.
Another performer worth making a note of is the excellent classical guitarist Ian Watt. He supported me for my gig at the Blue Lamp and played magnificently. He is just 16 years old and plays with the maturity of someone with years of experience. I think he will be a big name in the classical field in the future...
I have just left the International Guitar Festival in Bath where I have been teaching for a week. A fantastic festival where sheer indulgence in all things guitar is not only allowed but encouraged. There were loads of great young players there who all got to strut there stuff in the end of week student concert.
My students learnt a Soleá and various falsetas for Bulerías, Alegrías and Tangos. I learnt during the course of the festival that two of the support staff were in fact the daughter and niece of Gerardo Nuñez, flamenco guitar extrordinare. My students and I guessed they would have an affinity for flamenco since they came from such an flamenco background so we put them to the test and got them to do some "palmas" to accompany our playing. It sounded great of course and so we got them to do this in the end of week student concert which sounded great, the students played great and the palmas gave it a real Spanish flavour.
Of course guitar festivals also give you the chance to discover guitarists that you haven't heard before playing new styles and using new techniques. I am used to being blown away at such festivals by clean and blisteringly fast technique but I am not so used to coming away from them inspired by creativity and compositional excellence. This was the case at this festival due to Tristan Seume, excellent steel string acoustic guitarist. His compositions are fantastic, they have great melodies and interesting harmonies and interest me in a way that super-fast technique in dull compositions never will. If you haven't heard Tristan's work then check him out at www.tristanseume.co.uk .
I taught a workshop for the International Guitar Festival last month at the South Bank Centre, London. The workshop went really well and I enjoyed it. I was talking to one of the students afterwards and he told me something interesting which I promised to post on the website in case it was of help to anyone else out there; He said that he had very brittle nails that were prone to snapping regularly. Then his girlfriend weened him onto a new diet that consisted of goat's milk amongst other healthy substances and he found that his nails became a lot stronger and weren't snapping at all. He said he wasn't sure if it was down to the the goat's milk or not until he went on holiday and continued with the diet with the exception of the goat's milk and his nails began to snap again. Once home, he continued with the goat's milk and his nail became stronger again! So there you go! I haven't tried it myself but it may be a good tip for Guitarists with weak nails. You heard it here first!
We ordered some copies of my cd The View from our manufacturers recently and they came with slightly imperfect cases (the cds themselves are perfect). We complained about the fault and got them very cheap. I would like to pass on this saving to you guys so please click here for a half price cd (£4.99)