Mosaic Fellow – David McLean

A flamenco guitarist and composer, David McLean’s musical wanderings finally converged in Granada, Spain, where he studied for several years under renowned guitarists Rafaelin Habichuela, Emilio Maya and Ramon del Paso. He later moved to Jerez de la Frontera, where he focused on the art of traditional vocal and dance accompaniment, studying under Pascual de Lorca, Jose Galvez and others. Since moving back from Spain, David has performed in hundreds of traditional and contemporary flamenco productions, from local venues to stages throughout the United States and Europe.

David is lead guitarist for the Bay-Area based flamenco company, AguaClara Flamenco. In 2007, he released his debut CD called “Found in Spain”, a series of original pieces rooted in traditional flamenco forms, produced by Jason McGuire and recorded at the studio of rock legend and flamenco enthusiast, Jackson Browne. The San Francisco Chronicle calls his music “subtly driving” and “sinuous”, and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine writes of his music: “a unique sculpture of chord color, raw guts, and effusive linear tapestries.

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