Eduardo Niebla - a potent force in flamenco jazz fusion at The Source

The Source Arts Centre is delighted to welcome back guitarist extraordinaire Eduardo Niebla to Thurles.

The Source Arts Centre is delighted to welcome back guitarist extraordinaire Eduardo Niebla to Thurles.

In a career spanning four decades, guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo has been acclaimed as one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion today. His highly lyrical style, with explorations into Indian, Arabic and classical music, has resulted in the most electrifying, brilliant and poignantly poetic guitar playing on the world circuit.

Eduardo’s concert appearances have included the Cairo & Tbilisi International Jazz Festivals, the Jaipur Festival India, the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Odessa Jazz Carnival, the Olympic Games Greece, the San Isidro Fiesta Madrid, Glastonbury and the Brecon International Jazz Festivals, as well as extensive concert tours to Europe, the Baltic States, the Middle East and South Africa.

Born in Tangiers, Morocco in 1955 Eduardo is one of 11 children and the 7th son of the 7th child. In 1960, a politically turbulent time, the family became refugees and fled to Girona in Cataluña (Spain) where he grew up. It was an impoverished upbringing, but the guitar was his refuge and following the setting up of teenage bands he formed the cult symphonic rock band Atila when he was 18 and turned professional. In the 1970s Eduardo was rated alongside Paco de Lucia as one of the top guitarists in the Hispanic Peninsula and their albums are now collectors’ items.

Over time Eduardo has been commissioned to write music for films, documentaries and plays, including for the BBC, as well as collaborating with writers and poets including Fran Landesman, Mike Horovitz and Ian McMillan. After all these years of touring and acclaim by the press and audiences, this guitar genius always remains true to his humble roots. A very special night is promised.

Eduardo Niebla features at The Source on Friday, April 4th (8pm). Tickets €16 (€14 concession). Contact the box office on 0504 90204 or visit sourceartscentre.ie.