Cleveland-raised nylon guitarist, Ethan Margolis, lived in Spain for more than a decade. In 2010 he moved from Spain to Los Angeles and formed his world quintet whose primary focus is on the open and improvisational space that jazz and flamenco music share. Dissonant chording and pursuit of unique groove patterns are part of his signature. Highly influenced by his mentors within the Gypsy circuit of Andalucía, Margolis's hybrid compositions reflect the intricate phrasings of his instrumental and vocal melodies. His 2014 release entitled Soleangeles was featured by iTunes in several countries. His newest album Sonikete Blues was released July, 2016. Margolis has performed as a soloist around the world and has been featured by the LA Weekly, the LA TIMES, NY TIMES, etc. Margolis has collaborated with musicians like Mitchel Forman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Reggie Hamilton (Fender Jazz), Deron Johnson (Miles Davis), Judith Hill (20 feet from stardom), and is a featured soloist on Omar Faruk Tekbilek's newest album. While in Spain, Margolis worked with many of the country's top Gypsy Flamenco performers including Miguel Funi, Inés Bacán, El Farru, Tomasito, and Rycardo Moreno. He also collaborated artistically with Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and other various universities as a guest lecturer on Spanish interpretation in the Arts. Margolis recently scored a performance out of USC on the topic of human rights for the Gypsy population and their experiences in the Holocaust.
(All About Jazz)
Margolis' guitar playing in La Referencia is no less than brilliant: Its sound almost glows, bright and sharp yet warm and emotional—a musician using exemplary technique to let his soul shine through.
Margolis' dramatic strums and burbling runs of single notes comment on the action.
Willing to teach
Jazz Fusion with Flamenco
Guest Lecturer University Level