Lost in Paradise

Lost in Paradise

1 Barcelona Sunsets 2 Lost In Paradise 3 Golden Touch 4 Bolero Passion 5 Almeria 6 Magic Of Your Eyes 7 Treasures From Spain 8 Dreaming Of You 9 Gypsy Love 10 Romantic Escape 11 Solo Para TiAbout the AlbumArmik's lifelong love affair with the flamenco guitar began on his first visit to Spain at age 20, when he saw the legendary Paco de Lucia perform. Driven by a fire for the tradition that has defined his musical life ever since, the young musician immediately switched from his electric Gibson CS175, trading his Wes Montgomery licks for an in depth journey to the heart of Spanish music. Launching his solo career with 1994's Rain Dancer a Top Ten Billboard New Age hit, like his five subsequent releases he drew upon his jazz roots and flamenco passions to create a revolutionary twist on the emerging nouveau flamenco sound. Armik's Bolero Records debut, Lost in Paradise, paints a lush landscape of a unique style he calls gypsy jazz, joyfully blending classic elements of rhumba, cha cha, bolero, jazz, and, taking a rhythmic sojourn down to Brazil, a bit of bossa nova. The bold, percussive opening rhumba track Barcelona Sunsets thrusts the listener full throttle into the raw, emotional power of the Armik experience his powerful fingerstyling is enhanced by a lively piano harmony. This is balanced by the gentle intimacy of the title track, a slow rhumba featuring a dreamy, seductive guitar line. The snappy cha cha cha piece, Golden Rule, features Armik's plucky strains over a spirited, rolling groove. After the romantic sizzle of Bolero Passion parts of which feature a harp like guitar sound, the fast rhumba Almeria brings back the fire for an aggressive, percussion dense jam session. The Fender Rhodes enhanced Gypsy Love demonstrates the true fusion that defines Armik's style, a soul jazz meets flamenco jam that almost singlehandedly creates a new genre. Jonathan WidranAbout ArmikNew flamenco guitarist Armik displayed an interest in and passion for music while still a young child. When he was just seven years old, he pawned his watch for a classical guitar, which he hid and practiced on in the basement. Formal music lessons followed and Armik completed the Rudolph Solphege program in two years at 12, he was a professional recording artist. While his early career focused mostly on jazz, Armik discovered the beauty and passion of flamenco while visiting and studying in Spain during the '70s. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue this new direction, playing with other artists live and in the studio. By 1994 he released his solo debut album Rain Dancer, a critical and commercial success that he followed with 1995's Gypsy Flame. At this point, Armik's reputation as a performer and student of flamenco was such that expert Spanish luthier Pedro Maldonado created an instrument for him, the Rubia Armik's 1996 album was recorded with, and named after it. The following year saw the release of Malaga, and his fifth album, Isla del Sol, appeared in 1999, followed by Rosas del Amor in the spring of 2001. 2002's Lost in Paradise showed him make a sensual and elegant album that offered a slanted take on his traditional flamenco.

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