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Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert

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May 14, 2012 The improvisational music of father and son Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus functions as a beautiful conversation. Soler plays a delicate flamenco guitar, while Claus turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. The two bring that spirit to their intimate performance in the NPR Music offices.

Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Music as a living language, and an invisible emotional exchange, is clearly apparent in these improvisational compositions.

The sound Soler and Claus create is captured on their superb 2011 album Barlande. The album was recorded in Brooklyn, released last year and produced by Bryce Dessner, best known as the guitarist with The National. And, thanks to Dessner, many outside of the worlds of flamenco and improvisation know about it. One of the loveliest records of this short century, it gets its due in this performance at the Tiny Desk.

Set List:

  • "La Petenera"
  • "La Graneña"
Credits:

Producer: Bob Boilen; Editor: Doriane Raiman; Videographer: Michael Katzif; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; photo by Doriane Raiman/NPR

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