The famous composer and guitarist Eduardo Martín joins the renowned young guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas to create this duo that masterfully addresses the diverse tendencies and styles of the Cuban contemporary music scene.
Rhythms, melodies, sounds and harmonies of the purest Cuban flavor can be heard in this recording, which has been one of the best musical surprises I have received lately.José Luís Ruiz del Puerto. Revista Acordes-España 2007
The full repertoire of Mtro. Martín explores Afro, classical and Anglo-Saxon pop among other varied musical genres that mix in the creative universe of this composer while using in a virtuous way multiple techniques that expand the expressive qualities of the guitar.
The use of intelligent melodies, the approach to cultures and dissimilar times converge with the Afro-Caribbean nature trying to propose a musical framework in which the stylistic barriers disappear.
Title: The Bridge (Eduardo Martin & Ahmed Dickenson)
Date: Saturday, April 30th 2022
Tickets: €20 & €18 conc.
Garter Lane Waterford has now increased its seating to full capacity for all events in line with current Government guidelines. Face coverings are voluntary.
Garter Lane Auditorium is fitted with a fresh air circulation system. Fresh air from outside is pushed into the theatre while stale air is pushed out. This process is ongoing throughout performances.
When Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas 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 favored 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 a wondrous display of fluidity, a continuous study of the Latin guitar, past and present.
Repertoire – Eduardo Martín
- Sones y Flores
- Hasta Alicia Baila
- Suite Antillas
- Suite Habana
- Acrílicos en la sonrisa
- Canción de Octubre
- Preludio, Rezo y Canto a
- Aguas Profundas
Guitarist, Composer & Professor
Eduardo music has been performed worldwide within the classical guitar universe during the last 30 years. He is the first Latin American composer to win Radio France International Guitar Competition.
In 2003 his works “La Trampa” and “Hasta Alicia Baila were nominated to Best Classical Album at the Grammy Award and in the same year he was chosen by the NEW YORK “American Composer`s Orchestra” to be the guest composer at Sounds of the Americas Festival.
He frequently tours Cuba, South America, the U.S and Europe, where he has offers recitals, seminars, workshops and master classes, always receiving excellent reception from the public and specialised critics.
Throughout his career he has recorded for radio and television of many countries in America, Europe and Asia.
He has been a juror in several international guitar competitions while also numerous guitar festivals around the world have been dedicated to him and his musical creations.
The discography of his music contains more than 100 registered recordings and a catalogue of 100 works that spans a vast array of genres and musical forms.
He is a professor at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba, work that alternates with his concert tours.
Eduardo currently runs the “Identidades” International Guitar Festival in Havana and “En Confluencia” Concert Series.
Eduardo is an Executive Director of the UNEAC.
AHMED DICKINSON CÁRDENAS
Guitarist, Teacher & Producer
Described as “a true pioneer” (Classic FM Magazine), award-winning London-based Cuban guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school. Over the last 10 years, Ahmed has established a successful career in the UK, whilst maintaining a performance profile and strong links with Cuba.
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.
Passionate in his collaboration with other artists, Ahmed has released six albums. He has also worked with acclaimed soprano Laura Mitchell, flamenco Jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla, Cuban percussionist Hammadi Rencurrell, violinists Emma Blanco, the Santiago Quartet, and led the Cuban Guitar Orchestra Sonantas Habaneras in Havana for two years.
Cardenas graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA Havana) and was awarded a first-class honours degree on the guitar, completing his qualification a year early. In 2005, he moved to London to study with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music and was awarded prizes including the Royal College of Music Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. In 2006, supported by The Kramer-Chappell Scholarship and the Mad Hatters Club, he undertook further studies with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Since his arrival in the UK, Dickinson Cardenas has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ashley Stewart Arts Sponsorship 2011, Concordia Foundation 2008-2009 and Ivor Mairants International guitar Competition 2006.
Recent engagements include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican, as well as a tour to Spain, Malta, Azerbaijan, England, Scotland and Ireland promoting his sixth album “The Bridge” in collaboration with Grammy nominee composer Eduardo Martín.
Ahmed teaches classical guitar at London College of Music.
“You are left with the sensation of being touched to the core by exquisitely played pieces”
His works reflect the very essence of our roots and open to the Caribbean, Antillean, Latin American sphere,summarizing a world of sound that projects our cultural identity.Harold Gramatges, CD “Cien años de Lecuona”. ARTCOLOR 1995
Eduardo Martín has created a work that clings to the traditional sound environment, but with a new nuance.
He is back from all the noises, from all those trends that convulsed the last century. His work is at
the end of all revolutions, in the avant-garde of the 21st century, his work is in these gentle,
shocking music, which we fit in the brain and in the chest, which are really part of ourselves.A. Gómez,“MUNDOCLASICO”. República Dominicana. 26 de septiembre de 2001
… He is wise and visionary when he places his own music beyond a simple causal reference, detached from Cuban music. There is a powerfully modern presence that is maintained throughout his work, which integrates those contemporary concepts with ancient, primitive and traditional culture creating an innovative, original and neoteric structure. His vision enables generations of future musicians to come together thanks to those different levels of novel instruction that each of his works represent.Alberto Zúñiga, LA NACIÓN. Costa Rica. Domingo 5 de septiembre, 2004
“Within my musical congregation I regard Eduardo as the Piazzolla of Cuban Guitar. Only individuals with an impressive level of sensibility can convey such degrees of happiness, pleasure and melancholic love to life and to a nation…. I am happy to say that Eduardo only creates masterpieces”Oscar Ghiglia, WORLD RADIO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Throughout the 64 minutes of music on this disc are rhythmic complexities which boggle the mind, stunning harmonies and wonderfully crafted melodies.Steve March, CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE. Septiembre 2007
The beauty of this music is that in it, the distinction of classical and popular means very little: the resources of classical guitar are used in order to elaborate popular bases, and the classical and popular are woven into a language in which they are not easily dissociable.James Manheim. © 2007 All Media Guide
The works of the Cuban composer and guitarist Eduardo Martín are more than pleasant to listen to with superb moments like Preludio, Son y Allegro (a mix of Bach and “sound”), the characteristic “montuno” of Son del Barrio or the calm charm of Canciones del Calendario.F.N. Guitare Classique 2007
It is very easy to fall in love with their music. I am a great admirer of your immense talents.Dean Kamei, Guitar Solo Publications. San Francisco, California. Enero 2009