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John Lix Feliciano, an artist between two loves: typical Puerto Rican music and flamenco

From Spain, but with Puerto Rico in its heart, John Lix Feliciano pays tribute to his two great loves: typical Puerto Rican music and the flamenco with the release of his first album “For Borikén.”

In the midst of his years of university studies in music at the University of Puerto Ricothe young musician “He fell in love” of the rhythm of flamenco thanks to a great friend.

“I was lucky enough to meet the flamenco singer-songwriter Ana del Rocío and through her I discovered what is one of my great passions today; the flamenco. Also, her father, guitarist and singer Antonio “Pichuli” Carmonahe taught me the most popular flamenco styles,” said John Lix in an interview with The new day.

Since that musical encounter, His life would never be the same. From one moment to the next, the Puerto Rican He put aside the classical guitar and placed his fingers on the flamenco guitar.

In 2016 he went to the airport bound for Spain to take a Master of Artistic Teachings of Flamenco with a mention in Flamenco Guitar in the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC). From then on, He has been in the European country for seven years and the distance has made him miss his Isla del Encanto more and more.

“I began to become more interested in Puerto Rican music and its popular repertoire. By studying Flamenco formally and listening to the music of Puerto Rico daily, the idea of ​​fusing these two rhythms came to light,” he explained about the release of “By Boriken”that It will arrive on digital platforms starting October 27.

The album, which It has 12 themes, It is the result of fusing classic Puerto Rican songs with flamenco. Among the innovative musical proposal are two original songs.

Likewise, the project is full of collaborations with musicians and exponents of both styles, among which are; Cristo Heredia, Eliud Serrano, Víctor Guirado, Pablo Hernández Mejías, Ana del Rocío, Omar Hamido Ortega, Tomás Santiago, Ariana Lorén, Rocío Beltrán and Lidia Plaza.

“Puerto Rican music and flamenco have an Andalusian folklore root,” he explained. Proof of this is “The Resilient”a song composed by John Lix and Alba González Abad. The song personifies Puerto Rico and talks about how the island is now associated with the song’s title.

“I had the idea of ​​what the island would say if it could speak”, he commented. “(The song) may sound more Latin than flamenco, but the way of playing the guitar takes on a flamenco rumba force,” she said.

“’The Resilient’ tells in a joking way about how unlucky he is lately and that this thing of being resilient is already tiring him out”he indicated.

Through the album you can see how Puerto Rican music (seis, aguinaldo, plena, salsa, bolero) and the repertoire have a conversation in perfect harmony with flamenco sound and flamenco styles (bulerías, guajiras, tangos, bulería por soleá, alegrías, rumba).

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