Anthony Ocaña Trío online concert
[July 24, 2012]
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New Videos
[June 26, 2012]
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New blog
[June 03, 2012]
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New concert flyer
[June 03, 2012]
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Anthony Ocaña Trio at
[April 14, 2012]
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Interview at Spanish National Radio
[April 10, 2012]
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Podcast of Anthony Ocaña's most recent interview
[April 02, 2012]
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Anthony becomes one of D.Republic Cultural Personalities
[March 19, 2012]
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New EP
[February 14, 2012]
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New Video ¿Que será de nosotros?
[February 05, 2012]
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Wet Fields Album Review on "Minor 7th"
December 21, 2010

Dear Friends

It is my pleasure to share this wonderful review of my album "Wet Fields" on "Minor 7th".

Enjoy

 

Anthony Ocaña, "Wet Fields," 2010 "Wet Fields," the new CD from Anthony Ocana, pushes nylon stringed guitar into all kinds of styles. This CD is really two recordings, because it’s packaged with the bonus disc "En Vivo Palacio de Bellas Artes." In that way it is a great value for your musical buck. Ocana plays both 6 and 10-stringed guitars. While the opening cut "Divertimento" is pretty traditional, we get a feeling for what is coming on track 2, "Homenaje a Heitor Villa-Lobos," with multiple parts colliding and morphing into various voices. "Improviso 2", dedicated to Anouar Brahem, drifts along slowly but with a focused intensity for over 10 minutes. Most of the songs on "Wet Fields" are dedicated to players or composers who have influenced Ocana. On "Estsudio 5", we can hear why it’s dedicated to Philip Glass: its minimalist feel drives the tune. "Ascending Soul" also follows some patterns of minimalism, with pulsating guitar and repeatedly vocal phrases. By contrast, his tantalizingly brief "Estudio 2" reveals the lovely, lyrical melody of the great Francisco Tarrega, to whom it is dedicated. "Improviso 3" has Ocana using percussive techniques on the soundboard and two-handed tapping on the fretboard, while developing a melody dedicated to the great Egberto Gismonti. This CD is an interesting study of nylon stringed styles, and worth a listen from an intuitive, sensitive musician who is creating his own unique musical space. © Kirk Albrecht