José Luis Morillas
Any physical or external journey implies taking an interior one, one that reaches sensations and impressions and catches the general atmosphere and feelings. I visited Granada and the Alhambra Palace for the first time in September 1976. Many adjectives come to my mind to describe that personal experience but if I was to sum it up I would say it was love at first sight. Shortly afterwards, I felt compelled to discover the rest of this magnificent region of Southern Spain, Andalucia, one that has inspired me the most and for which I wrote a great deal of music pieces. Thoughout this musical journey, one may find elements of the Spanish and local folk songs in the various scales, melodies and motifs, including in the compositions themselves. The ongoing dialogue between the instruments, the harmony between the various ensembles, the brilliant interpretation and rich colour effects assert the high professional and artistic quality of the musicians. They merge the listener into a quite harmonious atmosphere. (Jean Maurice Mourat)
Jean-Maurice Mourat is a French classical guitarist and lutenist who pursued his musical studies in Paris where he met his professor and future friend Oscar Ghiglia who passed on his love for the instrument and for pedagogy. Head of several music conservatories and guitar instructor, he was responsible for several summer chamber music classes and international guitar competitions. He was the first one to publish a video class for guitar based on his method Six cordes… une guitare -One guitar and six strings- along with another renown methods of his like La guitare classique. While pursuing his musical career as a concertist, Jean-Maurice Mourat played a significant role as a composer, publisher for guitar and other instruments, and promoter of the instrument. He is editor for the French music publishers Combre and Billaudot and the Canadian Les Productions d’Oz. He was awarded from the French Minister of Education the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” in March 1990 and “Officier des Palmes académiques” in 2001. On February 29th 2012, on the 25th anniversary celebration of the death of Andrés Segovia, he received the special Medal Andrés Segovia, a most remarkable and unique award. He has been living in Granada since 1987 where he divides his time between his two passions music and painting.
José Luis Morillas
José Luis Morillas, guitar player from the city of Guadix (Granada), finishes his musical training in the “Conservatorio Superior de Música Victoria Eugenia” in Granada, “Óscar Esplá” in Alicante, in Düsseldorf and in the “Hoschschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar, under the supervision of Carmelo Martínez, Ignacio Rodes, Joaquín Clerch and Ricardo Gallén and with the guidance of David Martínez through all his career. He graduates with “High Honors” and “Cum Laude” award. Since a young age, José Luis developes an important artistic activity, giving recitals as a soloist and with chamber music groups, with national and international exposure. Some of the venues where he has played are: “Philarmonic Hall” (Kirov – Russia), “Shanghai City Thea-tre” (Shanghai – China), “Kültür Salonu” (Antalya – Turkey), “Liceo Scientifico Albert Einstein” (Mottola – Italy), “Partika-Saal” (Düsseldorf – Germany), “Auditorio Manuel de Falla” (Granada – Spain). José Luis achieves big success with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the City of Granada, the Orchestra of the City of Almería or the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía, working with great conductors as E. García Asensio, A. Tamayo o M. Thomas. Recently he records with MedienKontor Movie GmbH the documentary “…Gitarren in Granada”, broadcast by 360º GEO Reportage (Arte). His fourteen national and international awards summarize his wide artistic career and evaluation. As a chamber musician stands out his concern for the search of new perspectives working together with the voice of Damon Robinson, the classical guitar of David Martínez or the flamenco guitar of José Fernández “Tomatito”. Nowadays José Luis is a classical guitar teacher in the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música Carlos Ros” in Guadix (Granada)