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David Broza's new album, 5 Things to Know
More than 40 years into his recording career, David Broza is always happy to try something new.
"en Casa Limon," the Israeli-born singer-songwriter-guitarist's latest album, comes out Friday, Aug. 28 as his first collection of all-instrumental material. Broza recorded the set at legendary Casa Limon Studios in Madrid, Spain, where flamenco heroes such as Paco de Lucia and Tomatito worked with owner/producer Javier Limon. Dedicated to the memory of guitar luthiers Manuel Contreras and Pablo M. Contreras II, "en Casa Limon," it includes both original material and covers.
Broza, 64, will support "en Casa Limon" with virtual performances, and he's even looking forward to doing a bit of street performing in New York, where he's currently quarantined...
• Broza says that "people have asked me over the years to do an instrumental album, but I never thought I had it in me." Three years ago S-Curve Records offered him a deal for one and Broza said yes, although it took him awhile to get the project into gear. "I got enough to get started, eight pieces, and I called (S-Curve) and they'd used the budget! So I took another year and kept on talking and finally said, "I know you're gonna take it. I'm going to go into the studio to make it."
• Broza credits his wife with the idea of working with Limon in Madrid. "He's a great producer, who's produced all the great flamenco artists of our time. He did an album for me back in 2002; My wife said it's time to talk to him again. I said, 'We're out of touch. Why would he want to?' I felt a little shy about it, a little insecure. So I texted him and he got back to me two minutes later and he said, 'I'm not going to wait. I think it's a great idea. I haven't produced anybody since Paco de Lucia died (in 2014). Let's do it.'"
• Making the album made Broza redefine where guitar playing fit into his creative arsenal. "I never ever looked at myself as a guitarist. It's always been about accompanying my songs and sitting in front of an audience where my vocal is the storyteller through melody, and the guitar fills in all the needs from the rhythm and dynamics. (Guitar) was never the main thing, you know? So that was a challenge I faced making (this) album. These pieces were scary."
• One special memory from the recording sessions came near the start. "When I walked into the studio Javier Limon pointed to a guitar case and said, 'Open it,'" Broza remembers. "It was a beautiful guitar, made of rosewood and a lighter wood for that (flamenco) sound, where my guitar is all rosewood, very heavy. I picked it up and played it, and (Limon) said, 'This is the last guitar Paco de Lucia played in the studio. Let's play some of your pieces on that.'"
• Broza is currently "working on a big project which I can't elaborate on too much." But he's also maintained a discipline of guitar practice and continuing to refine and improve his technique. "I worked really hard to get to the level where I can play this music and really prove myself to be a guitarist. I think now my guitar playing, and I think I nailed it. I've mastered the guitar now, after all these years. You never stop. My goal is to maintain this, and get better. Even my sound man in Tel Aviv said he's noticing the dynamic of my playing was three or four notches above what it was. So I'm becoming more of a player."
• David Broza's new album, "en Casa Limon," comes out Friday, Aug. 28 on S-Curve Records/BMG.
• Broza will be among the players taking part in Muriel Anderson's "All Star Guitar Night" at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 via allstarguitarnight.com to benefit Guitars in the Classroom and Anderson’s Music for Life Alliance. Registration can be made at the web site.
• David Broza & Friends perform a virtual concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 from Bowery Electric in New York City. Tickets range from $6-$25 via davidbroza2.bandzoogle.com.
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