Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Greg Reiter is one of the leading American flamenco-fusion guitarists. In 2009, his album Sedona Sun won both the Phoenix and LA Music Awards in the instrumental music category. Another one of his albums, The Gathering--a colaboration with a Native American flute player--was nominated for a NAMMY that same year. In 2010, he released his fourth album, Flamenco Fusion, from which his version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" has already garnered more than a quarter million plays on YouTube alone. Greg's compositions capture the essence of flamenco; "the passion, fury and romance," while at the same time incorporating haunting rhythms and primal beats from Africa to Asia and beyond. Although he has been strongly influenced by some of the masters of flamenco such as Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo, Greg stresses that his compositions are not meant to imitate flamenco in its pure state. Rather, flamenco is the easle on which a more complex work is painted. Behind the red swirling sands of "Kalahari" and the turquoise waters of "Positano," the passionate longing of the flamenco guitar reminds us that music, like the gypsy, is meant to travel freely and without borders.