Monday, October 31, 2011


Indie piano recording artist Henry Dehlinger has released his new solo piano album, Evocations Of Spain. The album showcases a fresh, New World interpretation of the piano music of Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados. The music draws on the beautiful melodies of Andalusia with its Flamenco rhythms and exotic overtones. Also prominent is the use of cante jondo, or “deep song” of the Spanish gypsies. “This soulful quality associated with Spanish music derives from the use of these lyric elements,” Dehlinger explains, “and it’s what makes this album a mesmerizing fantasy in which you can let your imagination run wild.” According to Dehlinger, the album’s audience is comprised of Baby Boomers and Early Gen-Xers. “The NPR crowd,” comments Dehlinger, who is a National Public Radio listener, “folks with broad musical tastes who listen to classical music with some regularity.” Spanish music fans familiar with the seminal recordings of legendary pianist Alicia de Larrocha will also be intrigued with Dehlinger’s interpretation.

When indie piano recording artist Henry Dehlinger decided to produce his first album, he was shopping venture funds to finance a startup. For nearly a decade, the former tech executive had led sales and marketing teams on three continents, most recently as global VP of an IT company in Northern Virginia. Well before venturing to the corporate world, Dehlinger distinguished himself musically on celebrated stages, from the White House in Washington, DC to the War Memorial Performing Arts Center in San Francisco. His first mentor was conductor Dr. William “Doc” Ballard, legendary director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Dehlinger credits Doc for his early success. By the time he was ten, Dehlinger was part of the Bay Area music scene, performing with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé and entertaining VIPs from the President of the United States to the Prince of Wales. At twelve, Dehlinger was invited to study with piano virtuoso Thomas LaRatta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory of Music and student of the great Rudolf Ganz. Enchanted with Spanish music, Dehlinger traveled to Spain where he enrolled at the University of Valencia. He later graduated from Santa Clara University. Dehlinger is unique among interpreters of modern Spanish music, evoking its sensuous sophistication with a rugged, New World virtuosity, from the hauntingly beautiful melodies of Albéniz to the poetic lyricism of Granados.

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