If you know a little bit of flamenco, guitar, or simply good music, you have definitely heard of Paco de Lucia: Flamenco's greatest living exponent. And he is now coming to London on Nov 16; to the London Jazz Festival.
Paco de Lucia is one of the world's greatest guitarists, as well as the most innovative and influential flamenco artist of the last thirty years. Since the late 1960s his flamenco recordings have had a revolutionary impact, infusing new life into the art form and bringing it worldwide attention. His groundbreaking collaborations with jazz artists and his participation in notable soundtracks have brought him to the attention of a broad audience.
De Lucia, one of the great innovators in contemporary flamenco, started rather traditionally. He was born Franscisco Sanches Gomez in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cadiz, in the southernmost tip of Spain, in 1947. (His stage name is a tribute to his mother.) His father, Antonio Sanchez, a day laborer, played guitar at night as a way to supplement his income. His father, his elder brother Ramon de Algeciras, and flamenco master Nino Ricardo were De Lucia's main influences. De Lucia's first performance was on Radio Algeciras in 1958 when he was only eleven years old.
The training ground for a flamenco guitarist, De Lucia once said, "is the music around you, made by people you see, the people you make music with. You learn it from your family, from your friends, in la juera (the party) drinking. And then you work on technique. Guitarists do not need to study. And, as it is with any music, the great ones will spend some time working with the young players who show special talent. You must understand that a Gypsy's life is a life of anarchy. That is a reason why the way of flamenco music is a way without the discipline, as you know it. We don't try to organize things with our minds; we don't go to school to find out. We just live... music is everywhere in our lives."
But enough of reading... what about listening some of his art?
Or a more recent one
Now, Tickets are selling out fast, and all cheap tickets are already gone... so be quick:
I'm seating on UU33 (Rear Stalls), and paid £35.
I'll organise a place to go for drinks after the show