El Vikingo de Jerez
World Music available for hire, based in Victoria
Vikingo de Jerez is a self-taught flamenco guitarist steeped in the pure Gypsy style. A sorrowful lyricism courses through his playing and composing, while he performs with a fiery technical facility to equal the best. Audiences are simultaneously thrilled and spellbound by performances of such ferocious power and originality as have never been heard in Australia. International recognition of his extraordinary gifts has seen him singled out for sponsorship from Antonio Bernal Guitars of Andalucia, who have presented him with a magnificent $30,000 guitar after many years of Vikingo being closely watched by the home of flamenco. His concerts and debut Buleriando album have received ecstatic reviews, Vikingo being described as “the most complete flamenco guitarist this country has produced” by The Sydney Morning Herald. He is now considered by many to be well on the road to becoming one of the world’s finest proponents of a style that is as haunting as it is beautiful.