Miguel de la Bastide has been involved with flamenco for over 30 years. A native of San Fernando, Trinidad, Miguel immigrated to Canada at the age of eighteen to continue his intensive study of flamenco. He is one of the few guitarists living outside of Spain, who has mastered the techniques and the knowledge of the flamenco guitar. An incredible soloist, he also excels as an accompanist and as a composer. He possesses a rare combination of explosive technique with a unique sensitivity to the flamenco dance and song. Among his many accomplishments, he is a recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Award and Toronto Arts Council Award.
Here are some of the highlights… so far.
In 1992, he became the music director for Compañia Carmen Romero where he wrote original scores for their various music and dance productions that were performed in Canada, US, France, Spain and Singapore.
In 1996, Miguel was the first in North America to be featured with some of Spain's most respected flamenco guitarists on the CD compilation entitled Flamenco Fire and Grace by NARADA.
In 1998, the music of the dance company's second production Flamenco de Ayer y Hoy was to become Miguel's first solo album El Cambio.
A video for El Cambio, directed by Dan Eisen was released through BRAVO-TV in 2000.
That same year, Miguel's Morir Soñando was used for television commercials in Spain and under the direction of Philip Stanger of Stanger Productions; he recorded all the flamenco guitar segments in the world-released television series Queen of Swords.
In 2000, he was chosen once again and appeared alongside Spain's greatest Flamenco artists on an album entitled Viva Flamenco by NARADA.
Miguel was also featured on the following other CDs:
In 2003, he had the honor of being double billed with Dr. Martin Taylor (guitarist) in Singapore at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Later in 2003, his second solo album Siento was released.
Miguel is the first flamenco guitarist to be invited on staff at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and he served from 2003 to 2005.
He had his first full-featured published interview on 20th Century Guitar Magazine in the February 2004 issue entitled Fire and Grace – The Gypsy Soul of Flamenco Guitarist Miguel de la Bastide.
In 2005, Somerset Entertainment selected four tracks from Siento for a three CD compilation Mistica – The Passion of the Spanish Guitar. Six other tracks from his album El Cambio was also selected and placed on the same compilation album.
In 2007, he toured through North America with the International Guitar Night ensemble where he recorded the International Guitar Night II live album with Brian Gore (US), D'Gary (Madagascar) and Clive Carroll (UK) under the Pacific Music label. In 2008, he toured through the United Kingdom with the International Guitar Night ensemble with Brian Gore (US), Andy Sheppard (Canada) and Cecilia Zabala (Argentina).
In 2008, he recorded and co-arranged the cut Spanish Love Affair from Terrence Howard's album Shine Through It (Sony/BMG).
Miguel was featured in the Max Montalvo's documentary film El Payo, that premiered in Toronto on 28 May 2010. The documentary outlines the life of the late David Phillips, one of Miguel's prominent teachers.
On April 23rd 2010, he performed his music for the first time with the International Symphony Orchestra as their featured guest artist for their end of season Danza Finale, with Jerome David Summers as conductor and music director.
On June 21st 2011, Miguel contributed to the soundtrack CD for the documentary film El Payo. His piece is entitled Los Sueños Sí Se Hacen Realidad.
On April 4th 2014, Miguel was the featured soloist for the Maria Osende Flamenco Company and Symphony Nova Scotia with conductor Martin MacDonald.
For over two decades, Miguel has performed extensively within North America, Europe and Asia.