Round about 40 years ago I arrived in Spain as a young thing, enamored of the guitar and Flamenco music. I had been fiddling around with the guitar since my teen years, and never quite got the hang of it, but carrying around a guitar got me into some circles of people who were more expert than I. I love the guitar too much to murder it with my unprofessional playing. Well, after all my experiences with the guitar in Spain, where the heart and soul of this iconic musical instrument will always be, I gave away my original guitar.
Paco de Lucia: “My music has always been cornered in Andalucia, without prestige, even in Spain itself. For many centuries it was thought of simply as gypsy music, from a people without a social class. As a representative of my music I feel I have an obligation to share it, so that everyone will recognize its value and know its worth… This is what I fight for, and why I work, not for money or to be a star.”
Fame is not what Paco de Lucia is looking for, he says. "It ties you up and takes away. . . an indefinable freshness out of your life.” It's bothersome when people recognize him in the streets, though “at first there is a time when vanity makes you like it. . .”
It was a tremendous joy for the packed house at Manhattan’s Symphony Space (Broadway and 95th Street), enraptured by the October 14 one-night-only 90-minute non-stop, electrifying performance. The entire evening was magical, as if the spirit of de Lucía himself were watching and having a grand time.
It never hurts to watch what’s cooking on the catwalk, bike for your life and stomp your feet to flamenco beat! Make sure you join!
“‘Flamenco needs to gather in the intimacy of the tablao…We must return to three square meters'”
“The sound was refined yet passionate, a perfect Flamenco, reminiscent of compositions
played by the “gods” Sabicas and Paco de Lucia. Haunting, perffectly rendered”
A beautiful homage to Paco de Lucia, one of the greatest Flamenco guitarists of all time, by Saffron Flynn who knows a musical genius when she sees one.
A toast to our colleagues at GP. Once a GP writer always a GP writer, right?