"Pasión y Duende/Passion & Soul (plañidera) The modern name for this form is "Seguirillas," but I like to use the ancient name, which comes from the verb 'plañir' which means 'to cry'. This style has a lot of relations to the Indian music that the Rom (Gypsies) carried across Asia and North Africa and into Spain. Methodically it fits perfectly with certain ragas from India. Seguirillas is very hypnotic, because it keeps repeating itself, and the overtones create a drone. This particular song is based on the synagogue chants of the Sephardic Jews. The way it's sung and played, it always goes back to the basic tone, and it's very meditative."
~ Gino D'Auri (1938–2007)
Guitarist Gino D’Auri was born in Rome, the grandson of a gypsy. He began studying classical guitar, but while in his teens, D’Auri was “traumatized by flamenco” when he saw the movie Sombrero with Jose Greco, the legendary flamenco dancer, and Geronimo Villarino, one of the all-time great flamenco guitarists.
D’Auri began playing flamenco music and investigating the rich cultures that fed the tradition. In 1967, D’Auri moved to the Los Angeles area, where he played in the flamenco clubs. In 1976, he recorded with Caldera, a groundbreaking world fusion band, on their self-titled album.