Mario Escudero

Photo: James Scalese (courtesy of Guillermo Salazar)

Mario Escudero was born in Alicante in 1928. While still a child, he moved to Madrid to study guitar. In his early performances he used the name Niño de Alicante. His first concert took place in 1937 when he was nine years old in Burdeos, France, in the Cinema Galia in a show presented by Maurice Chevalier.

His Madrid debut was in 1944 in the Teatro Español along with Vicente Escudero, Ramón Montoya, and Jacinto Almadén. From that time on he toured throughout Spain and accompanied Tomás Pavón, Niña de los Peines, José Cepero, Antonio Mairena, Juanito Mojama, El Sevillano, Canalejas de Puerto Real, Pepe de la Matrona, Pericón de Cádiz and many more of the great singers of that era.[see note] He later traveled to Europe and America with the companies of Carmen Amaya, Vicente Escudero, and Rosario and Antonio. During one of his tours of the United States with Vicente Escudero, he decided to stay.

In the United States he gained fame as a soloist, especially after his first performance in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1955, but most of all, through his more than thirty records.

His flamenco music has been used as background in numerous motion pictures including Café Cantante, A Toast to Manolete, and Jalisco canta en Sevilla.

His fame has spread throughout the world and, he is generally considered one of the foremost flamenco concert guitarists. In 1984, he returned to Spain tho give a concert at the Third Bienal de Arte Flamenco Ciudad de Sevilla, and, in 1985, appeared again in Madrid at the Third Cumbre Flamenca.

For some years after that he lived in Sevilla, where he had a guitar academy.

Source: J. Blas Vega and M. Ríos Ruiz, Diccionario Enciclopedico Ilustrado del Flamenco,
Editorial Cinterco,Madrid, 1988

Mario Escudero died in Miami, Florida, November 19, 2004. He had been suffering of Parkinson's disease. His ashes are buried in Madrid.


 

Discography

ESTRELLITA CASTRO, Mario on 2 tracks, EMI 256 122 1844
EL PILI, with Mario Escudero and Alberto Velez, (re-release of French original c. l952) Esoteric Records ES-543
FLAMENCO, Mario Escudero, Folkways FW-6920 (10 inch)
NIÑO DE ALICANTE PLAYS SPANISH DANCES, Mario Escudero under pseudonym of Niño de Alicante, Folkways FW-8829
FIESTA FLAMENCA, Mario Escudero and the "bailete" from the Vicente Escudero company, MGM E3214
VICENTE ESCUDERO, sings accompanied by Mario Escudero, Columbia CL 982
GUITAR VARIATIONS, Mario Escudero solo and accompanying Domingo Alvarado, Montilla FM 83
MARIO ESCUDERO AND HIS FLAMENCO GUITAR, Montilla FM 57
TEMAS DE ESPANA, Luisa Triana with Mario Escudero and Chinin de Triana, Montilla FM 82
FLAMENCO CARNIVAL, Mario Escudero with Enrique Montoya and Anita Ramos, Period PL l927
DANZAS Y CANCIONES DE ANDALUCIA, Mario Escudero, Carlos Ramos, Niño de Almaden; Esoteric ES-544
FLAMENCO, Aamco ALP-322 (same as previous record)
OLE FLAMENCO, Counterpoint CPT 1504
FIESTA FLAMENCA, various artists with Escudero on 3 tracks with Enrique Montoya, Montilla FM 110
FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, POEMAS DEL CANTE JONDO, Mario Escudero accompanies Enrique Montoya, Spanish Music Center SMC-1037
JUERGA GITANA, Mario Escudero accompanies Enrique Montoya, Spanish Music Center SMC-103
MARIO ESCUDERO Y SU BALLET FLAMENCO, Montilla FM-1003
FLAMENCO, MARIO VALERO GROUP WITH JOSE ALVAREZ, Treasure TLP812 (same as Montilla FM-1003)
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL IN HI FI, NIÑO DE ALICANTE, Design DCF-1046
VIVA FLAMENCO, Mario Escudero flamenco company, Decca DL-78736
FLAMENCO, Niño de Alicante and Enrique Montoya, Whitehall WG-20021
RITMOS FLAMENCOS, NIÑO DE ALICANTE, Atco 33-106 and Musical Heritage Society MHS-842
THE FANTASTIC GUITARS OF SABICAS AND ESCUDERO, Decca DL-78957
THE ROMANTIC GUITARS OF SABICAS AND ESCUDERO, Decca DL-8897
SABICAS Y ESCUDERO, Montilla FMS-105
MARIO ESCUDERO, ABC Paramount ABC 396
MARIO ESCUDERO, FIESTA FLAMENCA, ABC-428
ESCUDERO AT EL POCHE, Mario accompanies Pepe Segundo and Anita Ramos, ABC-4492
MARIO ESCUDERO PLAYS CLASSICAL FLAMENCO MUSIC, Musical Heritage Society MHS 994/995 (2 records)
CLASSICAL FLAMENCO GUITAR, re-release of Esoteric albums) Everest 3131
FLAMENCO FIRE, has El Pili with Araceli Vargas and some Escudero stuff from the Flamenco Carnival album, Tradition Everest 2087
MARIO ESCUDERO IN CONCERT AT THE "Y", singer Luis Vargas; Guitar Review

Copyright © 1994 Guillermo Salazar

Note:

return to biography From: Guillermo Salazar gsalazar@cris.com
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 1999 3:05 PM  
To: FLAMENCO@cronkite.ocis.temple.edu  
Subject: Mario Escudero  
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Another thing that I saw on several web sites was the claim that Mario had accompanied la Nin~a de los Peines and some other old time cantaores. The first time I ran into that was in the Diccionario Enciclopedia of Flamenco. In 1992 I asked Mario if he ever accompanied la Nin~a de los Peines and he said that he did not. He said that he saw her sing in a private party once. Another web site claims Mario accompani ed Jose Cepero. Does that also originate in the Diccionario?
   
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