« No imitation then, no caricatures either in this combination of notes and rhythms where the varied influences criss-cross and add to each other, thereby enriching the exciting language of flamenco. Juan De Lerida ' s version of flamenco opens itself to the world and opens the whole world to us.
It ' s not surprising that the man who produces such music is self-taught. Learning next to someone else tends to curb inspiration rather than develop it, and it ' s often necessary to forget everything in order to become creative oneself. The self-taught man doesn ' t face this problem because he ' s only learned and retained what is vital for him, so he often dares to do what other musicians wouldn ' t even be capable of dreaming up.
It ' s not surprising either that the man who ' s offering us this music is someone born outside his native land, for his music has chosen to live outside his homeland, for his music is one of integration where the different influences blend beautifully to produce music that is so many things at once[...]. » - Rémi Raemackers