Agustín Carbonell, El Bola (Madrid, 1967). Flamenco guitarrist, Composer. Agustín belongs to a family of flamencao tradition in attached to excel names as Maestro Sabicas, his father, the singer Agustín Montoya between many others. Following the flamenco tradition since childhood, with a strong linking to flamenco guitar and Music, at the age of 13 he started playing in small local companies and tablaos in Madrid. He started soon to accompany famous artists as El Güito (his uncle), in his international world tours and to participate in spectacles as ‘Cumbre Flamenca’ and ‘Flamenco Puro’, presented in Broadway and Hollywood, with great figures as Fernanda de Utrera, Adela la Chaqueta, Manuela Carrasco, Chocolate, Farruco and Los Habichuela, and many others.
He has crossed more than twenty countries, taking his Music to the five continents. He formed his own group and sound, in the wave of the new Flamenco. He completed his formation in the school “Taller de Músicos” of Madrid. At the age of 22 he recorded his first CD with the seal Nuba Records, named ‘Bola’, which was distributed by the German seal Messidor in more than thirty countries in the Latin jazz catalogue.
He also collaborated with Paco de Lucía’s band, with whom he records three CDs, and with many other Flamenco formations, modern music, jazz and dance companies. He has participated in discs as ‘Misa flamenca’, ‘Fantasía flamenca, para voz y orquesta’ and ‘Negra, si tú supieras’ de Enrique Morente, ‘Los gitanos de la plaza’ of Ramón el Portugués, ‘Las cigarras son quizá sordas’, ‘Veloz hacia su sino’ y ‘2332’ of Jorge Pardo, ‘Chano’ of Chano Domínguez, between many others.
Playing live, his toque has been listened in festivals as “Bienal de Sevilla” or “Veranos de la Villa de Madrid”, as long as jazzistic meetings as Montreal Jazz Festival or Festival de Vitoria.
In 1996 he recorded his second álbum, named ‘Vuelo flamenco’. A year later he travelled to Brazil, where he lived for eight years. During this long stance in the Latin-American country he collaborated with local artists, what allowed him to deepen in its musical culture and open a new stage of creation in his Music. In 2007 he recorded his third album, together with his countryman, Jorge Pardo. Under the seal of Rtve Música, they send “Desvaríos”. This work has been presented in various festivals obtaining a great success in the critics and the public.
Outstanding artists in Flamenco accompained by Agustín:
Antonio Nuñez “Chocolate”, Enrique Morente, Pepe de Lucia, Jose Mercé, Chano Lobato, Rafael Romero El “Gallina”, El Torta de Jerez, El Chato de la isla, El Chino de Málaga, Luis el de la Pica, El Cigala, El Potito, El Indio Gitano, Miguel el Rubio, Ramon el portugués, Guadiana, Juan Jose Amador, Remedios Amaya, Adela del Chaqueta, La Susi, Juana la del Revuelo, Montse Cortes, La Macanita, etc…
Bailaores and Bailaoras:
El Guito, Farruco, Mario Maya, Manolete, Juan Ramírez, Cristóbal Reyes, Antonio Canales, Joaquin Cortes, Joaquin Grilo, Javier Baron, Juan Andres Maya, El Toleo, Antonio del Castillo, Rafael Aguilar, Manuela Carrasco, Angelita Vargas, La Farruquita, La Tati, La Tolea, Carmen Cortes, Carmela and Lola Greco, Blanca del Rey, Sara Baras, etc…
Flamenco-Jazz and Flamenco-Pop groups:
Ketama, Antonio Flores, Ray Heredia, La Barbería, Jose el Frances, Juan Perro, Rosario Flores, Aurora, Jose Antonio Galicia, Chano Dominguez, Carles Benavent, Rubén Dantas, etc..
He has four discs in the national and international market. Su último trabajo, “Rojo y Rosa, Música y Baile del Nuevo Flamenco” has been presented in Madrid, Vienna, and in the Festival La Suma Flamenca of Madrid.
Agustín Carbonell may well be the flamenco guitarist who best knows how to handle himself within the Jazz infrastructure. Carbonell knows how to carry a rhythm as solidly as Tomatito and, further on, create delicate phrasing in the style of Phillipe Cattherine. (La Vanguardia)
He unites flamenco tradition and innovation with the genius of a select few. (The Land of Temptations – Milena Fernandez)