Spiced with the exotic traditions that infuse flamenco-gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean folk interwoven with textures of classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, composer and guitarist Hernan Romero's music is both sophisticated and accessible. It is sensuous, passionate, romantic and inescapably infectious. Inspired by the music of his family from his earliest memory, Romero became part of their performing ensemble by the age of four. Romero's mother, popular International singer Estela Raval, contributed to this by surrounding young Romero with the best of musical environments.
Romero became strongly influenced by the Flamenco style when his family moved to Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain; receiving classical guitar training from Roberto Lara, one of Andres Segovia's disciples. "It's powerful, flamenco is very strong, and has its influence from the Middle East," says Romero. "The other side is the romantic aspect of Latin music, so it's absolutely the best of both worlds."
In 1986 Romero moved to New York. While teaching classical guitar in the music program at Five Towns College in Long Island, Romero continued his education, receiving a Masters in Composition and Orchestration from the Manhattan School of Music. Playing in jazz clubs around town, Romero was soon working with some of world's finest guitarists, including Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin.