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<<Whenever I play I remember people who have strokes or those who have dystonia>>

Fourth week of the 45th El Ejido Theater Festival will see people enjoying music, theater, and dance.

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<<Whenever I play I remember people who have strokes or those who have dystonia>>

Fourth week of the 45th El Ejido Theater Festival will see people enjoying music, theater, and dance. Tonight will be the arrival of one of the most unique shows, both in terms its content and the venue it will take place.

The concert will be held at the Botanical Garden of La Almunya del Sur starting at 9:00 p.m. He will be moving with his talent and sharing his passion for excellence in a concert. Solo piano concerto for the left hand.

He has been playing the piano since he was young. But something happened in 2001.

-I'd been playing with my hands for 23 years. In 2001, I was diagnosed with dystonia. Because I was passionate about playing, it was something that marked me. It was very difficult for me to play since I was just four years old. I have not given up. Although I knew deep down that I would need to play again, I did not realize that my life would take many twists.

What is dystonia?

It is a movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions can cause repetitive and twisting movements. Sometimes, they can be painful. You may experience spasms in certain muscles. Botox can stop them. There is no treatment for this condition. It is essential to re-appoint yourself. This is the best thing for your health, but it is a taboo for musicians. They hide and then end up leaving.

How did it feel?

People thought I was insane when this happened to me in 2001. I went to the psychiatrist and was diagnosed with mild bipolar disorder. It's not something I hide. These were years of misinformation and ignorance, as well as suffering. I quit music when I was 22, 23 or 22 years old.

- What were your thoughts then?

I start to work on a thousand projects and I flee Spain. It's almost like a spinning wheel fleeing. He hoped that one day he'd return to Malaga and that he'd play with his hands again. I traveled around the world a thousand times. I even lived and worked in Russia. It was because I loved Russian music and theatre.

-But he went back to Malaga to try to play...

It was my last attempt to use both hands in 2017. Although I was unable to play with both hands, I managed to play in Torremolinos in May and dedicated it my grandmother, who died shortly afterwards. It was hard, but I wanted to do it. After that, I tried to find a solution at several rehabilitation clinics but it was even worse.

-Another date is December 22, 2018.

I traveled to Japan. In a medical journal I found in the Hospital where my grandmother died in 2017, I discovered that there was a doctor that could cure a guitarist while he played the guitar. The guitarist was Indian. I spoke to him. He regained nearly all his mobility if he had been more fortunate. There was a surgical error, minimal bleeding in his thalamus, and it led to a stroke. It's unfortunate that this has happened.

What was the impact of your stroke?

He touched my right hand, and he also spoke. I felt a deep depression after that.

Because you are right-handed

-I am right-handed but thought I had a very strong left hand from many years. It has grown a lot more since I can only use my left hand to play. It is now almost invisible, as anyone who attends today's concert at the Almunya Del Sur will be able confirm.

He has succeeded. She is back on the field.

-Whenever I play, I think of people with strokes or dystonia. I also remember musicians who are unable to prove themselves or who don't dare because it's such a taboo topic. This year, I created the Dystonic Musician of Spain association with my mother. This disorder requires a lot love and support from someone who has experienced it.

-When did your decision to play with the left come about?

It's not a minute. It's a leitmotif within you. After six months, I felt like I needed to do it again. I decided to create a program for my left hand. I visited the House of Culture in Torremolinos, to meet them. They were surprised. Since then, all concerts have been concerts. I'm happy doing what I love and am very content. My mother received the first performance as a birthday gift. She had a terrible time.

The sign has been hung by the show...

It's thrilling, it gives me great pride. It means a lot that I have to take deep breaths.

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