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Greg Reiter, a Berklee Music College Grad and BMI artist, is one of
the leading American flamenco-fusion guitarists. In 2009, his album
Sedona Sun won both the Phoenix and LA Music Awards in the
instrumental music category. Another one of his albums, The
Gathering, a collaboration with a Native American flute player–was
nominated for a NAMMY that same year. In 2010, he released his
fourth album, Flamenco Fusion, from which his version of Chris
Isaak’s “Wicked Game” has already garnered more than a 300,000
plays on YouTube alone.
Greg’s compositions capture the essence of flamenco; “the passion,
fury and romance,” while at the same time incorporating haunting
rhythms and primal beats from Africa to Asia and beyond.
Although he has been strongly influenced by some of the masters
of flamenco such as Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo, Greg
stresses that his compositions are not meant to imitate flamenco in
its pure state. Rather, flamenco is the easel on which a more
complex work is painted. Behind the red swirling sands of
“Kalahari” and the turquoise waters of “Positano,” the passionate
longing of the flamenco guitar reminds us that music, like the
gypsy, is meant to travel freely and without borders.
Currently, Greg is working with Grammy-Winning Producer Lannie Battastini in collaboration album project which includes former percussionist of the Al Di Meola jazz group. The album is scheduled for release January 2017 with a World tour to follow.