I had not yet had a chance to watch the entire concert, which is the most memorable guitar performance I have ever seen.
At 53:34 Carles plays his version of Los piconeros, and I will give a bit of background to this piece because it is a very well known old song in the Spanish popular repertoire, and I suppose hearing an instrumental version of a song is a very different experience if you’ve never heard the song. The song was first recorded by Conchita Piquer in the late 30s or early 40s. The words were written by Ramón Perelló, and the music by Juan Mostazo, from Sevilla. These two wrote many songs for Piquer. It is supposed to be based on 18th century bulerías.
The song became very popular, being extremely contagious, both the lyrics and melody. I was a child in the 1960s, and back then it was still very common for women in Spain to sing pretty loud while doing their domestic chores. We had two neighbours who sang well and we could hear them through the open windows in the inside patio of the building. One of them had this song in her repertoire and sang it very well and very often, she must have learned it in her youth in the 1940s. The song never quite disappeared from popular music, with various new versions by other singers coming up through the decades. But the one by Concha Piquer is definitely the “standard”. If you search youtube for “Concha Piquer - Los Piconeros” you will find it.
Now, saying that there are better versions of "Los piconeros" than the one by Concha Piquer would be a kind of blasphemy of the same order than saying, for example, that there might better versions of “Don’t Explain” than the one by Billy Holiday. That’s not my intention. Still, the song being great to begin with, is highly adaptable to all kinds of styles. The most pleasant modern version I am aware of (a much mellower version than Piquer’s, with a slightly jazzy arrangement) is the one by the very talented Romanian singer Maria Raducanu in a filmed live performance for a French program called “Mezzo Voce” by Mareterraniu Productions. Maria performed on this program in 2009, accompanied by a Swedish guitarist, a Canadian contrabassist, and a German percussionist in a kind of intimate, living room-like setting. Very nicely done. You can find it by searching for “Los Piconeros - the beauty of Maria's voice” inside youtube.
Or, if you want to see the entire performance by Maria on that show, it is freely available in the website of the producer itself, here: http://www.mareterraniu.com/?p=Mezzo-Vo ... a-Raducanu
Once you’ve heard the song, you will probably hear the Trepat version in a slightly different light. Carles Trepat is just great!