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The Bridge is an exalting celebration of the past and present of many traditions that enrich the Latin guitar, with a true sense of continuity and fluidity through its works The Bridge is an exalting celebration of the past and present of many traditions that enrich the Latin guitar, with a true sense of continuity and fluidity through its works

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Cuban guitarists Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas & Eduardo Martín play Belltable May 7

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The Bridge is an exalting celebration of the past and present of many traditions that enrich the Latin guitar, with a true sense of continuity and fluidity through its works

They will perform their acclaimed album The Bridge, merging classical styles and rock with Cuban son montunos

The Belltable are delighted to welcome renowned Cuban guitarists  Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas and Eduardo Martín to Belltable in May where they will perform their acclaimed album The Bridge, merging classical styles and rock with Cuban son montunos.

When Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas first heard the music of fellow countryman Eduardo Martín he felt euphoric. Martín’s style has an expansive sense of freedom that taps into pre Columbus traditions, jazz, flamenco, pop, Afro and traditional Cuban. The guitar is his favoured instrument to mirror the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of the Americas’ cultural diversity.

Before moving to England, Dickinson Cárdenas took lessons with Eduardo and their friendship, idiosyncratic empathy and mutual respect has since transformed into a vehicle that connects, incorporates and juxtaposes their different generations, their musical ideas and ultimately the spiritual journey that drives this unique record.

The album is a compilation of some of Eduardo’s most alluring works for two guitars, where rock merges with son montunos; old Yoruba chants, feel-good rumbas, funk- boleros, new age tunes and cinematic pieces sit alongside Cuban tumbaos with slap bass.

The Bridge is an exalting celebration of the past and present of many traditions that enrich the Latin guitar, with a true sense of continuity and fluidity through its works.

The Bridge: Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas & Eduardo Martín

Belltable, Saturday, May 7th at 8pm

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About Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas

Dickinson Cardenas is widely recognised as an ambassador both for the music and musicians of his native country. In 2008, Ahmed founded Cubafilin Records – a record label dedicated to the exclusive promotion of Cuban musicians and their original works. For nearly ten years, Dickinson Cardenas enjoyed the great privilege of collaborating with the prolific late guitarist and composer – Jose Antonio (Ñico) Rojas. Ahmed transcribed Rojas’ extensive unpublished works during this period, and subsequent performances and recordings earned two prizes at the Cubadisco Awards 2009, Best Instrumental Soloist & Best Instrumental Album. The same album was nominated for Best Artist & Best Newcomer in Songlines World Music Magazine, and Best Album & Best Single at the Latin American Music Awards UK.

About Eduardo Martín

Eduardo has written for guitar in various combinations from duos to guitar orchestra. He has written for theatre plays and for cinema. Since 1991 he has successfully toured Cuba, South America and Europe giving concerts and master classes with great acclaim from both critics and the public in general. He is a regular adjudicator on international competitions and a guitar professor at ISA, (Instituto Superior de Arte) Havana. His works have been published in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Canada & USA.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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