Jacky Ambroise and “Tropical Flamenco”

I recently stumbled upon the relaxing and joyful melodies of Jacky Ambroise and his group Strings; his music is an artful fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms with flamenco and contemporary beats (such as reggaeton). Ambroise was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is presently based in Florida.

Description: Jacky Ambroise was born to play the acoustic guitar, his critics will no doubt attest to it. His dexterity in his flamenco playing style epitomizes his unique sound, which is recognizable in any orientation he chooses to engage.

Born in Port-au-Prince on February 8, 1959, he was introduced to music at a very early age by his father Jean-Jacques D. Ambroise, who played the classical flute. At the age of 6 he lost both parents. Jacky became a self-taught acoustic guitar player at the age of 8, because of his love and attraction for classical Spanish music. Ten years later, he was already a local star by playing in college events and gatherings. Always reinventing himself, Jacky persisted to improve his style and participated in many ensembles and recordings playing the popular music of his country.

Jacky’s vision and versatility helped him explore other musical tendencies while never forgetting his roots. He was inspired by many, in particular by the accomplished flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia. In 1996, still fascinated and influenced by flamenco, he had the idea to mix it with the traditional troubadour rhythm of Haiti, creating what he loves to call Tropical Flamenco. From there, Jacky founded the group Strings by collaborating with another guitar player and friend Philippe Augustin. Strings quickly became a house hold name at home and in festivals abroad.

Jacky Ambroise and his group Strings released their first CD Tropical Mood, which became an instant hit and simultaneously launched their international tour. After an eleven year career, Jacky & Strings released their 5th album New Era. [. . .]

For more on Jacky Ambroise and “Strings,” visit http://stringsmusic.net/index.php

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