Carlos Alberto Calabrese: Bringing Flamenco Guitar Back to Southern Illinois

Carlos Alberto Calabrese: Bringing Flamenco Guitar Back to Southern Illinois
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Carlos Alberto: The Romance of Flamenco


Who: Carlos Alberto
What: flamenco
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When: 2013-11-23 - 2013-11-24
You can call Carlos Alberto Calabrese a tumbleweed in the wind. Born in Buenos Aires, Calabrese, who
Sara Treat

You can call Carlos Alberto Calabrese a tumbleweed in the wind. Born in Buenos Aires, Calabrese, who will play Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24 at Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery, has lived and toured in different areas, including Canada, Southern Illinois, Arizona, and Ohio. That kind of liberty is similar to his music and writing. His songwriting is spontaneous and, for the most part, unplanned.

“I don’t sit down and write my songs,” he said. “I’ll be going about my business and hear a tune in my head. I keep listening to that tune over and over, and the song just starts coming to me. Before the song is even completed, I’m ready to get into the studio and record it.”

For Calabrese, a spur-of-the-moment method of writing is more freeing. “If you write that way, you’re not bound by any certain structures,” he says.

Calabrese thrives on freedom, both inside and outside the studio. Currently unsigned to a label, he can make albums his way, without having to rush the process.

There are pros and cons to this. “I can spend as much time in the studio as I want,” Calabrese said. “In a label, you have to speed the process, and the inspiration can drift away.” On the other hand, “It is very hard work. Relying on yourself, you have to do all of the work, and it is a lot harder.”

Calabrese recently completed his latest album, Dance with Me. The music has a romantic, exotic sound. Some songs feature his singing, while other songs, like “Romantarab,” are purely instrumental. The album showcases his blend of flamenco, jazz, and Brazilian styles.

It took a long time for his style to develop. “That music didn’t interest me as a kid, but I loved to watch my uncles play,” Calabrese said. “I didn’t really feel it until I was in my twenties. I remembered it from all those years ago and it started to become a part of me. I went through the gamut of rock and jazz music growing up, but went back to that style. It’s closer to my heart than anything else.”

Asked if he feels as if he’s doing a good job representing his native music to the Carbondale area, he admitted, “I believe I am. I still enjoy playing the top forty and staying up-to-date because that’s important, but I prefer to stick with what represents my style.”

Search Youtube for Carlos Alberto Calabrese and the results will turn up amazing covers of “One of These Nights” by the Eagles, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, and “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor.

At the moment, Calabrese is also planning a possible reunion tour with his old band, Rio Corrientes. Though the plans are not yet finished, he knows of several places where the band will play.

“We’re going to have a show in Cleveland, Ohio, and Paducah, Kentucky, and somewhere in Southern Illinois, probably Carbondale,” Calabrese said. “We have a great fan base in Cleveland and Paducah.”

Find out more, or listen to and even purchase Dance with Me and Calabrese’s other albums, at <http://www.CarlosAlbertoCalabrese.com>.

who: Carlos Alberto

what: flamenco

where: Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery

when: Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and November 24