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PACO DE LUCIA: The Flamenco Guitar Master

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

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  • hans

    Very enjoyable! Thanks to Ana for the arrangements

    November 17, 2012

  • Liam

    What a show! So glad Ana, you organised this and gave us an opportunity to see and hear such talent and music. Great talking to everyone afterwards.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    November 17, 2012

  • Ana

    Ole Paco! Truly amazing! And nice talking to everyone after the show. They had to close the bar to make us leave! :) Thanks everyone!!

    November 17, 2012

  • Vito


    November 16, 2012

  • Edmund

    Where are we meeting / going for a drink afterwards ? I could not get seats near you guys

    November 15, 2012

  • Barun

    Hello all, I might be travelling because of work on 16th November. Please let me know if anyone is interested to buy a ticket. I have one. The seat number is WW33. Thanks.

    November 1, 2012

    • Barun

      Sure, no problems. I will look forward to hear from him.

      November 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I'm also interested if not sold yet

      November 15, 2012

  • Simi

    Oh, he's brilliant!!! I remember my father constantly listening to him when I was a kid! Will try to get a ticket as soon as possible (waiting for my wages).

    September 2, 2012

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