The musicians of La Rêverie
Juan Manuel Rubio
Multi-instrumentalist essentially of self-taught orientation, born in Jerez de la Frontera
(Cádiz) on May 30th, 1972, a waning moon night.
His interest in ancient, ethnic
and traditional music has led him to progress in an endless pilgrimage through different
musical instruments such as Rabel, Hurdy-gurdy and other instruments from the Iberian
Peninsula tradition, or the Crwth Harp from the Welsh bardic tradition. A more recent
exciting discovery is Arabic, Turkish and Persian music under such illustrious teachers
as Amin Chaachoo (Tetuan), and Oruç Guvenc and Necati Çelik (Istanbul)
with whom he excels in the interpretation of the Oud.
Juan Manuel Rubio playing the arabic lute.
In Istanbul he also began his
training as an interpreter of Turkish Santur, Qanun Baglama and Saz with outstanding
teachers such as Suhat Baktagir, Tarik Aydoglu and Osman Aksu.
This ongoing training
has today led him to specialize in the interpretation and study of these and other
instruments such as Rebec, Fiddle, Kemanja, Qanun, and Lute.
Since 1999 he has
participated and collaborated in different ensembles specializing in the interpretation of
Early, Traditional and Eastern and Mediterranean music such as ábrigu, Bran Ruz,
Alquimia, Arte Factvm, Caravasar, Estambul, El Sombrero del Alquimista, Capella de
Ministrers, L'ham de Foc, Ross Daly, Samarcanda, Mediterranea, Zejel, Durendal Ensemble,
Capilla de Música Antigua de Chinchilla, Estampida Real, Yasmine Levy, Dufay
Collective, Estampie, Tétouan Conservatory Orchestra, Schola Gregoriana Hispana.
With these groups he has participated in festivals and major scenarios dedicated to Early
and Traditional music all around Spain (Gijón, Sevilla, Barcelona, Girona,
Cáceres, Valencia, Castellón, Granada, Toledo, San Sebastian, Salamanca,
etc.) and the world (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Germany, France, People's Republic of China,
USA, Greece, Netherlands, Brazil, Cuba, etc.)
(translations by Juan Manuel Rubio and Joe Zaccaria)