Under the Lemon Tree
Voted "Best Flamenco Guitarist 2007" by the Albany Times Union Metroland Magazine's 2005 AND 2007 "Best Acoustic Guitarist" is Maria Zemantauski!
"While there's no denying that Maria Zemantauski is the region's preeminent flamenco guitarist, and is arguably one of the world's finest practitioners of Spain's most passionate music to boot, the thing that continues to blow our minds is how that doesn't seem to be enough for her. In solo and a variety of ensemble performances over the past year, Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it."
Under the Lemon Tree is Maria's third cd release and once again this guitar music is a fine fusion-style treat! From the traditional flamenco-style sounds of 'Midnight in Gibraltar' and 'Paprika' to the banjo-bluegrass-inspired 'River Street', prepare yourself for a musical journey into the possibilities of the nylon-string guitar--although you will swear you hear more than 6 strings!
Keeping with tradition and always respecting her roots, Maria has also recorded two masterpieces from the classical repertoire, 'Rumores de la Caleta' by Isaac Albeniz and 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' by Francisco Tarrega, which she arranged as a guitar and domra duet with the Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed. Oh....and top it all off with perhaps the most soulful instrumental rendition of 'Amazing Grace' you've ever heard!