Interview with Quique

Quique Berro Garcia interviewed by Alan Hewitt.  Interviews first published in The Pavilion magazine.


First of all Quique, how did you come to meet Anthony?

I met him in 1978 through Rupert Hine who was a friend of a friend.  I went to a session where he was mixing one of the tracks off Sides and we met then and became very close friends.  We'd been playing for two years without doing anything you know, we used to play tennis and then one day we decided to do an album.

That was Antiques?

Yeah, that was the Antiques album.

Was that album composed entirely as you played it or did Anthony come in with some ideas first and you both developed them?

He had the ideas first and then we developed them and only a couple of the tracks are entirely his - Old Wives Tale and one other I think.  The rest we did just out of our playing and playing again.  It was meant to be only two or three tracks but it developed into an entire album.

When you compose for your own music, what do you prefer to compose on, a guitar or a piano?

I'm not very prolific as a composer, not as much as Anthony but for songs, for example if I have to do a song, I prefer the keyboards rather than the piano because of the harmonies I think.  On guitar it's mainly instrumental music.

You also worked with Anthony on the Slow Waves album.

Yes, that was when I came back to England in 1986 and I played on Beachrunner and End of the Affair.

And that was just the two of you again?

Yes, we'd been improvising one evening and Anthony called me and said, "I've been listening to the tape and it has some magic moments" and those tracks ended up on the album.

Can you tell us a bit about Dreams and what sort of music is on it?

It is a series of recordings, which I have made over many years in different studios with different guitars, and it is a mix of Classical music; because it has four or five pieces by Bach and Ravel and the rest is kind of New Age. I thought that mixing both things on the same album would be quite interesting and I do like it that way so.

Which pieces have you chosen from Bach and why those pieces in particular?

Well, I chose those ones because I like them and there is the Sarabande and Doble and there is a piece written originally for lute and transcribed for guitar. I only took the Allegro, the last movement from that and then there is the Ravel piece: Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte which is very difficult to play on a Spanish guitar but I used the transcription made by Julian Bream so I think that sounds nice. The rest was three pieces written by myself one on a twelve string and the rest on Spanish guitar and then there are two pieces by Anthony, which are my favourites by him; Nocturne and Field Of Eternity as well as a version of Horizons by Steve Hackett. There are sixteen tracks in all.

What other musicians have you used on this?

It is just me. I overdubbed with keyboards just a little bit.

This project has taken a long time to get to this stage. What else have you been doing apart from working on this album?

I have been working in Spain as a session musician and touring with a Spanish singer who is from the Balearic Islands and playing live with him. I also teach music but mainly working and recording with other musicians and I like recording.

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