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Carlos Montoya

A Spanish guitarist and composer, Carlos Montoya made a lasting contribution to music between the 20s and 50s. He introduced the flamenco style of music as a serious form of guitar music. Traditionally flamenco music was used to accompany gypsy folk dancers and singers but Carlos Montoya changed it into a main genre of music.

Carlos Montoya was born into a gypsy family in Spain. His interest in music and the guitar began at an early age. He began studying the guitar with his mother and a neighboring barber, eventually learning from Pepe el Barbero, a guitarist and teacher. Not only was he interested in playing the guitar, Carlos Montoya wanted to learn the history of flamenco music. Flamenco music came out of the Moorish invasion of Spain. His uncle, Ramon Montoya, was a successful flamenco guitarist also. Carlos Montoya started playing professionally at the age of 14, playing for singers and dancers at the cafes in Madrid. Two of the dancers he most often played for were La Teresina and La Argentina.

Wanting to broaden his musical career, Carlos Montoya began touring in the 20s and 30s. His tours included performances in Europe, Asia and North America. He accompanied several performers including La Argentina again. He had finally made a name for himself as a flamenco guitarist.

When World War II broke out in the 1940s, Carlos Montoya was on tour in the United States with dancer La Argentinita. During the war he decided to settle in New York City and eventually became a United States citizen. In 1945 La Argentinita died but Carlos Montoya toured on his own, opening his repertoire to include not only flamenco but also blues, jazz and folk music.

His career took a different turn in 1948 when he began touring with symphonies and orchestras and performing his own guitar recitals. Carlos Montoya became the first flamenco guitarist to tour the world with symphonies and orchestras. His appearances did not stop there, he performed on television and gave several solo recitals. During his touring he recorded more than 40 albums, some with symphonies and orchestras. His albums include Flamenco Guitar and The Art of Flamenco. One of the most notable is Suite flamenco, a concerto he performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1966.

Carlos Montoya made a very important contribution to flamenco music, transforming it from a dance accompaniment to a style of its own. With his own style, he adapted it to other genres of music, all along making himself an international star. Carlos Montoya died at the age of 89 in Wainscott, NY. ~ Kim Summers
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Guitarra Flamenca Vol. 1

1. Fandango

2. Macerna en Tango

3. Alegrias

4. Farruca

5. Jerez

6. Zambra

7. Saeta In Sevilla

8. Cante Jondo

9. Málaga

10. Provençal

11. Zapsteap

12. Taranto

13. Variaciones por Rosa: Alegrias

14. Solea: Bulerías por Solea

15. Bolero Maorquie: Castilla - Galicia

16. Fandango de Huelva y Verdiales

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Track List: World's Novelty Champions: Carlos Montoya

1. Zapateado De Lad Campanas

2. Sevillanas

3. Tanguillo Rumbeao

4. Zambra

5. Seguriya

6. Temas De Huelva

7. Noche Granadina

8. Levante

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Track List: Grandes de la Guitarra Española, Vol. 2

1. Malagueña

2. Granadinas

3. Soleares

4. Fandango de Huelva y Verdiales

5. Peteneras del Café de Chintas

6. Soleá, Bulerías por Soleá

7. Malagueñas Boleras

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Track List: Carlos Montoya - Spanish Guitar

1. El Café de Chinitas (Peteneras)

2. Sevillanas

3. Malagueña

4. Seguiriya

5. Granadinas

6. Soleá y Bulerías por Soleá

7. Malagueñas Boleras

8. Rondeña

9. Soleares

10. Fandango de Huelva y Verdiales

11. Farrúca

12. Tanguillo-Zambrilla

13. Bolero Mallorquín

14. La Macarena

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Track List: Flamenco Hot Souce, Vol.1

1. Zapateado De Lad Campanas

2. Petenera

3. Tanguillo Rumbeao

4. Variacones Por Tango

5. Seguriya

6. Fandanguillo

7. Noche Granadina

8. Fandangos

9. Temas De Huelva

10. Levante

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Track List: Flamenco Concert

1. Alegrias Flamencas

2. Farruca

3. Seguiriya

4. Corralera Y Bolera

5. Jota

6. Saeta

7. Buleria

8. Ecos De Sierra

9. Petenera

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Track List: El Flamenco (Digitally Remastered)

1. Jota

2. Rondeña

3. Farruca Dance

4. Seguiriya

5. Folias-Canarias

6. Malagueña

7. Café De Chinitas

8. Alegrias

9. Media Granaina

10. Zambrilla

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Track List: The Carlos Montoya Flamenco Collection

1. Huelva

2. Guajiras

3. Zapateado

4. Alorno y Verdial

5. Zambra

6. Rondena

7. Café de Chinitas

8. Variaciones de Cadiz

9. Toque de Cana

10. Tango Antiguo

11. Levante

12. Seguiriya No. 1

13. Buleria por Solea

14. Rondena

15. Solea por Medio

16. Fiesta

17. Solea: Bulerias por Solea

18. Soleares No. 2

19. Malaguena No. 1

20. Bulerias

21. Granadinas

22. Bolero Malorquin: Castilla,Galacia

23. Seguiriya

24. Tanguillo: Zambrilla

25. Farruea

26. Varaciones por Rosa : Alegrias

27. Chufla

28. Spanish Dance No. 1

29. Malaguena No. 2

30. Tango

31. Media Granaina

32. Jota

33. Bulerias

34. Alegrias

35. Zambrilla

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Track List: Flamenco Antiguo

1. Toque de Caña

2. Tango Antiguo

3. Levante

4. Seguiriya

5. Buleria por Soleá

6. Rondeña

7. Soleá por Medio

8. Fiesta

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Track List: Spanish Guitars: Carlos Montoya

1. Cante Jondo

2. Tanguillo Zambrilla

3. Chufla

4. Bulerias

5. Farruca

6. Alegrías

7. Soleares

8. Málaga

9. Soleá Cana

10. Aires Del Genil

11. Taranto

12. Levante

13. Saeta En Sevilla

14. Tango Flamenco

15. Caribe Y Flamenco

16. Tango Antiguo

17. Zambra

18. Zapateado

19. Macarena En Tango

20. Granadinas

21. Rumbeao

22. Variaciones

23. Malaguena

24. Variaciones Por Rosa

25. Seguiriya

26. Alhambra De Granada

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Track List: Flamenco Holiday

1. Seguriya

2. Saeta

3. Variacones Por Tango

4. Zambra

5. Petenera

6. Granada

7. Tanguillo Rumbeao

8. Cante Minero

9. Fandanguillo

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Track List: Guitarras de España: Carlos Montoya

1. Variaciones por Rosa (Alegría)

2. Tango Flamenco

3. Caribe y Flamenco

4. Tango Antiguo

5. Málaga

6. Saeta en Sevilla

7. Taranto

8. Levante

9. Seguiriya

10. Zambra

11. Alegrías

12. Farruca

13. Chufla

14. Tanguillo Zambrilla

15. Soleares

16. Variaciones

17. Alhambra de Granada

18. Malagueña

19. Granadinas

20. Soleá Cana

21. Aires del Genil

22. Rumbeao

23. Macarena en Tango

24. Cante Jondo

25. Bulerías

26. Zapateado

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Track List: Carlos Montoya Plays… (Vox Reissue)

1. Malagueña

2. Variaciones

3. Toque De Lavarte

4. Boléro

5. Alegría

6. Variaciones

7. Farrúca

8. Zambrilla

9. Chufla

10. Bulerías

11. Soleares - Sevillanas - Rítmos De Cádiz

12. Seguiriya - Tientos

13. Petenera

14. Tanguillo Rumbeao

15. Fandaguillo

16. Granada

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Track List: El Flamenco

1. Bulerias

2. Rumbeao

3. Malaguena

4. Tango Antiguo

5. Granadinas

6. Solearas

7. Solea Cana

8. Levante

9. Chufla

10. Farruca

11. Tango Flamenco

12. Aire de Genil

13. Variaciones

14. Seguiriya

15. Tanguillo; Zambrilla

16. Alhambra-Granada

17. Caribe e Flamenco

18. Fandango

19. Zapsteap

20. Bolero Maorquie; Castilla; Galicia

21. Macerna en Tango

22. Allegrias

23. Variaciones por Rosa; Allegrias

24. Jerez

25. Zambra

26. Fandango de Huelva y Verdiales

27. Saeta In Sevilla

28. Cante Jondo

29. Malaga

30. Provencal

31. Taranto

32. Solea; Bulerias Pro Solea

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Track List: Flamenco Guitar

1. Tango Flamenco

2. Malaguena

3. Tango Antiguo

4. Granadinas

5. Solearas

6. Solea Cana

7. Levante

8. Chufla

9. Rumbeao

10. Aire De Genil

11. Variaciones

12. Seguiriya

13. Tanguillo; Zambrilla

14. Bulerias

15. Alhambra-Granada

16. Caribe E Flamenco

17. Fandango

18. Macerna En Tango

19. Allegrias

20. Farruca

21. Jerez

22. Zambra

23. Saeta In Sevilla

24. Cante Jondo

25. Malaga

26. Provencal

27. Zapsteap

28. Taranto

29. Variaciones Por Rosa; Allegrias

30. Solea; Bulerias Pro Solea

31. Bolero Maorquie; Castilla; Galicia

32. Fandango De Huelva Y Verdiales

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Track List: Aires Flamencos De España

1. Malagueñas

2. Granadinas

3. Levante

4. Chufla

5. El Genil -Aires-

6. Alhambra

7. Jerez

8. Semana Santa En Sevilla

9. Málaga

10. Zambra

11. El Cante

12. Bulerías Por Solea

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Track List: Guitarra Flamenca Vol.2

2. Bulerias Por Solea

8. Alegrias

13. Fandango

15. Jerez

17. Fandango De Huelva Y Verdiales

18. Cante Jondo

19. Taranto

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Track List: Montoya

1. Bulerias

2. Rondena

3. Jota

4. Fandanguillo

5. Guajiras

6. Zambra

7. Seguiriya

8. Saeta

9. Petenera

10. Tanguillo Rumbeao

11. Cante Minero

12. Variaciones Por Tango

13. Granada

14. Regiones De Espana

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Track List: The Spanish Guitar "Flamenco Masters": Carlos Montoya

1. Duende Flamenco (Seguiriyas)

2. El Vito (Folk Song)

3. The Little Gypsy Lullaby

4. La Virgen De La Macarena

5. Sacromonte

6. Spanish Folk Medley

7. Granaina

8. Solea Por Medio

9. Cante De Sevilla

10. Aires De Genil

11. Malaguena

12. Madrid 1800 Medley

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Track List: Aires Flamencos

1. Bulerias

2. Peteneras Del Cafe De Chinitas

3. Sevillanas

4. Granadinas

5. Tientos Y Tango

6. Soleares

7. Rondeña

8. Malagueñas Boleras

9. Fandango De Huelva Y Verdiales

10. Farruca

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Track List: Flamenco!

1. Solea: Bulerias Por Solea

2. Soleares

3. Malaguena

4. Bulerias

5. Granadinas

6. Bolera Malorquin: Castilla Galacia

7. Seguiriya

8. Tanguillo: Zambrilla

9. Farruca

10. Variaciones Por Rosa: Alegrias

11. Chufla

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Track List: The Art Of The Flamenco Featuring Carlos Montoya

1. Seguriya

2. Saeta

3. Variacones Por Tango

4. Zambra

5. Petenera

6. Granada

7. Tanguillo Rumbeao

8. Cante Minero

9. Fandanguillo (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

10. Sevillanas (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

11. Noche Granadina (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

12. Bulerias De La Samaritana (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

13. Fandangos (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

14. Torremolinos (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

15. Zapateado De Lad Campanas (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

16. Los Ohos Mios (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

17. Levante (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

18. Danza Egipcia (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

19. Temas De Huelva (Feat. El Pili, Enrique Montoya, El Nino De Alicante - Guitars, Anita Ramos - Castanets)

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Track List: The Art Of Flamenco

1. Seguriya

2. Saeta

3. Variacones Por Tango

4. Zambra

5. Petenera Para Guitarra

6. Granada

7. Tanguillo Rumbeao

8. Cante Minero

9. Fandanguillo

10. Sevillanas

11. Noche Granadina

12. Bulerias De La Samaritana

13. Fandangos

14. Torremolinos

15. Zapateado De Las Campanas

16. Los Ojos Mios

17. Levante

18. Danza Egipcia

19. Temas De Huelva

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Track List: Aires Flamenco

2. Malaguena

3. Granadinas

4. Tanguillo

5. Solea Cana

6. Levante

7. Aires De Genil

8. Caribe E Flamenco

10. Zambra

11. Tango Flamenco

12. Rumbeao

13. Peteneras Del Cafe De Chinitas

14. Alhambra - Granada

15. Cante Jondo

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Track List: Vintage Flamenco Guitarra No. 16 - EP: Carlos Montoya In Concert (Live)

1. Aires De Genil (Live)

2. La Virgen De La Macarena (Live)

3. Andalucía (Live)

4. Malagueña (Live)

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Track List: Spanish Guitar Solos

1. Spanish Dance No. 1

2. Malaguena

3. Tango

4. Media Granaina

5. Jota

6. Bulerias

8. Zambrilla

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Montoya turned my brother to playing classical guitar
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Carlos Montoya was the one that turned me to Classical Guitar.
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Awesome!!!
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He got me started...I never even got close.....at all
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Ola ! Sounds like 2 guitarists playing
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You handle that guitar like a baby.
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I saw Carlos in 1968, my first concert so to speak. Watching this little guy walk out on stage with only a stool to sit on and a microphone for his guitar I had no idea what I was in store for. In fact I had never heard of him but I loved Flamenco and was trying to learn it for myself.

I'll never forget that evening and I will be ever grateful to Cathy who took me.
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This is one of my all time favorites, and Montoyo is the best I've heard.
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montoya & Segovia>>>>m y favorites
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sacredfun6
The bio states Flamenco came out of the Moorish invasion of Spain which is oversimplifi e d . Flamenco is Andalusian gypsy music, and gypsies came from India in medieval times. They synthesized native Andalusian folk music (Arabic ud, Iberian lute, Sephardic, Greek, Roman, Visigoth Christian, etc) with their own. Flamenco dancing has similarities to Hindu classical dance.
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johnnyohania n
I didn't know he was bald!
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YEs, me too - he was one of my first inspirations - but I didn't know his biography - I was just turned on! Then I got to see Sabicas in person, I guess I was ten and that was 1955 ... wow!
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good music
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mojo2373
When I think back to why I wanted to play the guitar, first person I can think of as my inspiration is Carlos Montoya. Thank you, sir, for all of us who have been moved by you.
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renglish0021
the guitar in the the hands of Carlos Montoyna,tal k s to my soul,like no other music.i love a lot of other music styles,but i thing he's the best ever,born in 1945 i've heard all types,and play,but he'# one!
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First there was Montoya and Segovia, then there were all the others, Sebicas and others. But Carlos Montoya played true pure Flamenco. Others just followed, same for Segovia in Classical. Who else can interpert Rodrigo with such feeling and love. Do not forget the Romero family either, especially Angel Romero
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His peer group included Andres Segovia... a true Maestro of Flamenco.
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... in this case the chicken came before the eggs...
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jyniguez
Great stuff, but I think the younger guys (Paco, Gerardo Nunez, Vicente Amigo, Juan Carlos Romero, Tomatito, etc.) have really taken Flamenco much further.
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This is really the rithom and flavor of Spanish Flamenco at it's best!!!
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WONDERFUL MUSICIAN,SAW HIM AT MY COLLEGE IN 1969.

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