Roger Scannura Flamenco Guitarist/Composer, Disciple of Paco De Lucia
Roger Scannura is an internationally recognized flamenco guitarist and a leading exponent of Nuevo Flamenco. Scannura was born on the history drenched island of Malta. His early schooling began at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Theresa where he was tutored in European history, Latin, fine art and art restoration. He has been immersed in music since early childhood and mastered the techniques and nuances of Flamenco guitar while in Spain for 12 years under the auspices of Pepe Habichuela and other gypsy masters. He has toured Europe and North America as a soloist and as a Music Director for several flamenco dance companies. He is also a founder of the acclaimed Toronto based dance company Ritmo Flamenco. Scannura with his group has performed for Prime ministers, Dignitaries as well as an assortment of celebrities including Russell Crowe and Sting. Scannura has recorded eight discs of original flamenco music encompassing both traditional and modern styles.
Discography: Spanish Dance ( Solo guitar 1991) Ritmo Flamenco (Solo Guitar 1994) Saracen (Guitar, Percussion, Flute and Sax 1996) Medina (Guitar, Vocals and Percussion 1998) Misterio (Guitar, Vocals,Violin, Mandola and Percussion 2000) Encore!(Guitar,Violin, Mandola, Percussion 2003) Noche Flamenca (Guitar, Violin and Percussion 2005)
“…a gifted composer whose music is as beautiful as it is haunting.”
-The Globe and Mail
“Rarely is Flamenco guitar played so eloquently with just the right amount of passion and grace.”
-20th Century Guitar Magazine