Daniel Lopez Vicente was born in Seville on September 6, 1981, but he has lived all his life in Moron de la Frontera. Dani de Morón, also known as Daniel Méndez, at age twelve, he enrolled in the municipal conservatory of music in this town, and although his first intention was to study piano, he ended up choosing guitar. Being Morón a town in which the flamenco guitar has “Protected Designation of Origin”, he began to feel the itch of flamenco and considered the need of finding a maestro in this local way to play guitar . He wanted to have lessons with Manolo Morilla-Gastor, one of the most important local masters, who, given his advanced age, delegates on his student Alfonso Clavijo. Soon, he began to study with Manolo Morilla himself who, without officially teaching him, became excited at the talent of this young flamenco guitarist in whom he believed to see a future promise.

In this way his research began, playing for flamenco singers. The first contacts with flamenco clubs took place and he felt a great need: to play for flamenco dancing.

The dance academy of Matilde Coral became his second school and the flamenco dancer Manuel Corrales “el Mimbre” and the singer Curro Fernandez, his masters. He began to combine the technique of playing for dancing with composition and the technique of playing for concerts. In this context, he participated in the most important contests of flamenco guitar. Along this journey he gathered awards such as those from Hospitalet, Calasparra (Murcia) and the Federation of Flamenco Clubs (Federación de Peñas Flamencas) in Seville. Likewise, he has been a finalist in contests like the one in Las Minas de la Unión and the Biennial of Flamenco in 2002.

Dani de Morón entered the circuit of the great flamenco dance companies given with Antonio Canales. Moreover, he took part in the setting up of the show “Rinconete y Cortadillo” of Javier Latorre, where he played music composed by Juan Carlos Romero. Shortly afterwards he will receive his first commission to compose the music of the show “Inmigración”  of Ángeles Gabaldón Co. for which he will receive the unanimous praise of the national critic. During a time it continues being demanded by the most important flamenco dancers of the moment: Manuela Carrasco, Javier Barón, Joaquín Grilo or Rosario Toledo, among others.

Time later decides to stop his work for the dance and to focus on the accompaniment to the “cante jondo” (deep flamenco singing) in which he usually begins to play for voices like those of Tomasa la Macanita, Potito, Susi, Guadiana, Montse Cortés, José Mercé or Arcángel, for the that records the album "Ropavieja" (2006 / Senador) receiving the recognition of the critic and the Flamenco Today Prize to the best accompaniment to the cante. Thus begins a new stage much more eclectic in which will be demanded by artists like Concha Buika, Victoria Abril and Ojos de Brujo, to name a few.

However, his ultimate accolade was being asked by the maestro Paco de Lucía to accompany him as second guitarist on the tour of the album “Cositas buenas”, an experience that would open a new dimension and catapult to the forefront of the flamenco guitar.

Immersed in recording his first solo album, he decided to join talents with the Jerez-based guitarist Alfredo Lagos, to créate “12 String” a concert of solo guitar that was recognized by specialized critics as the best concert flamenco guitar year 2011 show that was presented on stage at the most important stages as the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid, Teatro Central in Seville, Jerez Festival, National Theatre of Hanoi (Vietnam), National Auditorium of Manila (Filipinas) and Bangkok II Guitar Festival, among others.

After the accumulated experience and learning in their own studio and on recordings with Isidro Sanlúcar decides to take the final step and produce his first solo album “Cambio de Sentido” (2012/La Voz del Flamenco) . A debut in which he collected and recorded compositions performed during the preceding nine years, giving a global meaning to all his previous work. This was happening at a particularly sweet moment of his career, which has just been chosen for the Giraldillo del Toque award of the XVII Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.

Three years later, he published “El sonido de mi libertad” (2015/La Voz del Flamenco), leaving permanently open the border of his guitar to a new stage in which the technique, harmony and tunings occupy such an important role as the rudimentary bare string touch and the abundant use of the thumb on the bass strings  in which he was raised as a child.

He is currently finishing his third solo album, that will be titled "21", in which his guitar is exclusively at the service of ten of the most important flamenco singers of the 21st century: Miguel Poveda, Estrella Morente, Arcángel, Rocío Márquez, the Pele, Marina Heredia, Antonio Reyes, Jesus Méndez, Esperanza Fernández and Duquende.



21 (2018)


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