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Obo's name has became synonymous for guitar music in the past thirty years Ð Obo, a
name that was initially conceived for his sister playing the oboe. His compositions are
based on the roots of traditional Spanish guitar music and deeply combine Andalusian
sounds with Carribean rhythms to produce gentle and catchy guitar tunes.
Born in 1950, Obo has very early dedicated himself to playing the guitar. As guitar duo
"Obo y Jorge, El Duo Flamenco" he released numerous recordings with a repertoire
ranging from traditional Spanish guitar music to contemporary arrangements. Since 1978
he has traveled the world delighting audiences in concerts, on television and radio.
It is difficult to classify the beautiful music of OBO's most recent CD. He calls the
compositions "Musicados" because they are arranged like images on an unfolding
concertina (Leporello). Some would describe his music as "neo-classic" others call it
"worldmusic" from Latin America or just "music for guitar". You can hear various Latin
American rhythms (from Salsa to Bossa Nova) and lots of vivaciously played acoustic
guitar, percussion, double bass and keyboard. However, there are calm pieces as well,
recorded and arranged with great sense of good taste and virtuosity.
Special attention should be paid to the songs OBO has recorded with double bass player
Vitold Rek from Krakau, Poland (take the 6 Musicado no. 6 or the Suite Vernissage,
referring to the primary colors of painting).
On this recording OBO joins the two arts, music and painting. He composes his music in
the unique setting, the "Wasserturm" (water tower) in Darmstadt/Germany
(www.wasda.de), which is also used for events as well as an artist's studio. It is here
where he tries to link art with music. His guitar music comes into being spontaneously
like the images on an artist's canvas. The CD-cover art, a concertina, was especially
designed by artist Annette Bischoff (www.bischoff-annette.de) to create a link between
the music and painting.
For 30 years OBO has been combining Andalusian and Latin American rhythms with his
own melodies. Since then, he has released six recordings. His Mediterranean-style
melodies and warm sounds are embedded in a tasteful arrangement of popular music, jazz
The musicians on this recording include OBO Ð guitar; Vitold Rek - double bass (cut
6,9,10,11,12); Christian Paulus Ð percussion; Bertram Sieper Ð keyboard; and Wolfgang
Ritter - double bass (cut 1,3,5,8)