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Newsletter November 2007

Dear clients and friends,

In this issue, as we head into the final part of the year, we would like to introduce you to a fresh new Andalucian talent, local guitarist Daniel Casares who has just secured a recording deal with Universal records. We also provide some interesting facts and figures direct from the chestnut slopes, and we are proud to announce the arrival of the 2008-2009 photographic calendar.

Exclusive interview with Daniel Casares

Daniel Casares

By Tony Bryant, Flamenco Specialist

Daniel Casares is an extremely talented young flamenco guitarist born in Estepona, Málaga, in 1980. He discovered at an early age that he had a natural talent for playing the guitar, and his passion was fuelled by the music that he listened to at home as a child. It was from the soul of this music that Daniel started his journey through the mysterious and passionate world of flamenco. He spent his youth learning and understanding the rudiments of the flamenco guitar, listening to the masters like Ramón Montoya and Niño Ricardo, but his influences are not solely flamenco artistes.

He studied under several guitar teachers in Estepona and Málaga and gave his first live performance at the age of ten. His career started to take shape when he participated in the project A la Guitarra de Estepona, a recording on which he appeared with a collection of artistes native to his birthplace.

Six years later, at a mere nineteen years of age, he produced his first solo CD, Duende Flamenco, and from this point on Daniel Casares began to forge a career as a guitar maestro,

He has had great success, winning trophies including the Nacional del Primer Concurso de Guitarra in Jaén, the 37th Festival del Cante de las Miñas de la Union in Murcia, and the Thomson Music Best Artiste of the Year Award in 2000.

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The two-year calendar is hot off the press. Covering 2008 and 2009, award winning photographer Michelle Chaplow gives us her unique perspective on Andalucía. There’s everything from moody winter landscapes in El Torcal and the visual vibrant splendour of the spring Feria in Sevilla to mud bathing in Caños de Meca and an elderly couple in a remote white village using the most sophisticated technology!

This is the fifth edition of the calendar, which always creates a stir and has become a collectors’ item.

“Michelle Chaplow draws Andalucian charm out of ordinary situations, reflecting her great sensitivity.” - On Live Magazine.

Michelle “really captures the essence of Spain” - David Clarke, Director of photography, The Tate, London.

Michelle’s “calendars are very impressive” - Larry Stafford, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

The 2008-2009 edition can be purchased directly online from

As in previous years, all of our advertising clients will receive a free copy of the calendar.

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News from the Chestnuts Slopes

Chestnuts in Andalucía

By Catherine Cunningham

The aroma of delicious sweet roast chestnuts roasting on the streets of Andalucía from November to the Reyes always brings a warm hearty feeling. There’s something really special about eating freshly roasted chestnuts outdoors.

There are several areas of Andalucía where chestnuts are cultivated: the Sierra de Aracena in the Huelva province, the Sierra Norte Natural Park in Sevilla province (especially the villages of Constantina and Cazalla), the Alpujarras village of Valor in Granada province, and the Serrania de Ronda in Málaga, in particular the villages of Igualeja, Pujerra, Cartajima and the upper Rio Genal valley in general. Costantina has a very attractive walk aptly name Sendero de los Castañares. All of the villages mentioned are amazing places to visit with your family and camera during the months of October and November to capture nature’s annual spectacle of autumn hues. The foliage is just spectacular and the fallen husks of the chestnuts resemble an army of cute little hedgehogs. Deep reds, crimson, yellow and orange - no wonder so much poetry has been written about the autumn leaves.

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Shenai Martinez Fernández


Shenai Martinez continues to expand, constantly improving our portal for the benefit of our readers and clients alike. This month, we are proud to introduce the newest member of our team.

Shenai Martinez Fernández has a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and a diploma in digital media from Villanueva University.

Since graduating, she has worked as a radio presenter with Radio Nacional de España and Onda Cero. Shenai has also collaborated with Europa Press, EFE Reportajes and presented programmes on local television.

Within Shenai is focusing on creating new and interesting features about this beautiful region, Andalucia. I'm sure you will want to join us in welcoming Shenai on board.

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