Paco De Lucia
@ the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
16 November 2012 - 22 November 2007
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Paco de Lucía was born Francisco Sánchez Gómez
December 21, 1947 in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cádiz.
He adopted the stage name Paco de Lucía in honour of his
mother, Lucía Gómez. Paco De Lucia is the son of flamenco
guitarist Antonio Sánchez, and brother of flamenco singer
Pepe de Lucía Pepe de and flamenco guitarist Ramón
1958, at age 11, de Lucía made his first public appearance
on Radio Algeciras, and a year later he was awarded a special prize
in the Jerez flamenco competition. In 1961, he toured with the flamenco
troupe of dancer José Greco. Between 1968 and 1977, he enjoyed
a fruitful collaboration with fellow New Flamenco innovator Camarón
de la Isla.
De Lucía is considered by many to be one of the greatest
flamenco guitarists of all time. Not only does he dominate in flamenco,
he is one of the very few flamenco guitarists who is also talented
in other genres of music, e.g. jazz, classical, and world music.
Many believe that de Lucía fluently goes into these territories
and plays like no other. De Lucía was the winner of the Prince
of Asturias Awards in Arts in 2004. He has toured and recorded with
Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin as well as his own Paco De Lucía
Sextet (which includes his brothers Ramón and Pepe).
De Lucía’s wide discography has given rise to a new
way of understanding flamenco and has launched his music and his
instrument to a level comparable to modern jazz performers. Being
an incredibly talented guitarist, he is known to many as the master
of rasqueados and picados. Paco de Lucía has an incredible
command of blinding speed on the nylon string guitar. It is said
that he is able to play 16th note triplets at 180 BPM (that is,
18 notes per second).
Until being asked to perform and interpret Joaquín Rodrigo's
Concierto de Aranjuez in 1991, de Lucía had never learned
to read musical notation. While learning to play the Concierto as
a flamenco guitarist, where rhythm and pace is essential, he preferred
to risk giving the listener a 'dirty' note when being forced to
go from low to very high notes rather than to displace the rhythm
and pace just to keep the notes clean. He felt that as a flamenco
guitarist he could interpret the Concierto in a fashion not previously
done. Joaquín Rodrigo declared that no one had ever played
his composition in such a brilliant manner.