Acclaimed Acoustic Guitarist Raúl Midón


Before playing a second night at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, critically-acclaimed songwriter and guitarist Raúl Midón joined BIMM London for a Masterclass to remember.

If there’s one thing we strive to promote at BIMM, it’s raw talent. So it was with great pleasure that we welcomed Raúl to Chelsea’s Under The Bridge venue for a Q&A with our students.

The ultra-cool musician kicked off the event with a stellar performance of his new song ‘Pedal To The Metal’. And believe us, if you’ve yet to see Raúl perform, you’re in for a treat.

Blending elements of flamenco and jazz, the New York-based guitarist silenced the audience with his incredible skill, but the best was yet to come. Mid-way through the song Raúl broke into an improvised bebop “trumpet” solo, using only his lips.

Following the performance and a rapturous applause, Raúl spoke enthusiastically about his music career, including his work as a backing vocalist, his techniques, and his busy touring schedule.

The conversation later turned to more personal matters, with Raúl opening up about losing his voice – which then lead to surgery – and his life as a blind musician.

Raúl has had to overcome some physical barriers, but his hard work has not been in vain. A highly successful career has seen him collaborate with such musical heroes as Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder.

We learned of his work with Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg, his soundtrack work on Spike Lee’s 2004 film ‘She Hate Me’, as well as his work using various studio software, such as Sonar, to self-produce his own material.

The Masterclass finished with a breathtaking rendition of ‘State of Mind’, which again received a rapturous applause from the packed crowd.

Before his sublime performance, Raúl shared a few encouraging words of wisdom and talked about the lessons he’s learned as a musician.

“I really believe this profession is so difficult, and the odds are so slim. You need to be very sure before you go into this.”

“My advice would be to be as good as you can. You will work. If you have a vision or a voice what makes you stand out as an artist is being different. Just keep doing that.”

We caught up with two members of the audience after the session, Briana Azar and Ana Goncalves, who were both full of praise for the Masterclass.

Briana Azar, a Diploma Performance student at BIMM London, said:

“The masterclass was informative. BIMM brought in an artist that is truly an artist and he had a lot of integrity and grace” it was fantastic, massive thanks to BIMM!”

Ana Goncalves, who is also studying for a diploma in performance at BIMM London, added:

“I really liked how personal it was and how we could ask a lot of questions. I loved how open he was about everything and his performances were amazing!”

Our sincerest thanks to Raúl for taking the time to inspire, motivate and perform for our students, we wish him all the best with his current tour.

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POSTED ON: April 22, 2016
  • London, Guitar