I attended Paco de Lucia's very first concert given in America, in New York City. I think it was 1970. He was young and had a full head of hair. Anyone who was Anybody in the world of Flamenco was there that night. It was a packed house and he played even better than we had anticipated. It was the most phenomenal display of guitar pyrotechnics that anyone had ever witnessed up to that time. I went to the Green Room after the show and talked with him briefly before the room filled up. There were many people there and they all wanted to praise him. He couldn't speak a word of English at the time. He was shy and self effacing. He still is in many ways. His advanced playing technique and lightening fast picado put him in a league all by himself. His musicality and sophistication of expression is on another dimension altogether. When he first began to attract attention in Spain, he was playing with his brother Ramon and called himself Paco de Algeciras (his hometown), but soon changed it to "de Lucia" (his mother's name), more befitting a bearer of brilliant light.
Despite a very large number of incredible flamenco guitarists in today's world--all of whom followed the path forged by Paco - he's still the King, much like Sabicas had held the throne in the 3 decades before Paco showed up. There's no one like Paco de Lucia. A truly great artist who continues to knock out audiences around the world. A great artist will attract great supporting performers as seen in this video. The harmonica (and keyboard) player, Antonio Serrano, is a monster himself! It's hard enough to play notes that fast on a guitar. To do it on a harmonica is incredible! The singers are simply fantastic, as are the supporting musicians and the spectacular flamenco dancer, Farru. What a show!
(The hand clapping by the artists, palmas, is an essential element of flamenco to both hold the rhythm (called compas) and can sometimes add brilliantly syncopated percussive color to the performance. The improvosational rifts by the musicians are called falsettas in flamenco. )
A) The Appetizer
PACO DE LUCIA "CANCION DE AMOR" & "VOLAR" (2010 in Germany)
Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011
Here is why Paco De Lucia Is the most respected guitar player in the world of Flamenco music. Here he is, live At the famous Leverkusener Jazz Stage club in Germany playing with his stellar group of musicians such as himself on guitar,
Paco De Lucia: Guitar
Antonio Sanchez Palomo: 2nd Guirtar
Antonio Serrano: (Harmonica Solo) & Keyboards
Alain Perez: Bass
Piranha Israel Suarez Escobar: Percussion & Cajon
Duquende Juan Rafael Cortes: Vocals, Palmas
David de Jacoba: Vocal, Palmas
Antonio "Farru" Fernandez Montoya: Dancer
B) The Full Course
Paco de Lucia - Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012 (HD)
Published on Apr 9, 2013
Paco de Lucia - Guitarra
David de Jacoba - Cante
Antonio Sanchez Palomo - Guitarra
El piraña - Percusión
Farru - Baile
Antonio Serrano - Armónica y teclados
Alain Perez - Bajo (5 string electric bass)
Documentary on Paco de Lucia (in Spanish, but watch it anyway even if you can't understand Spanish. It's wonderful)
[At the 42 minute mark, Paco is seen accompanying Camaron de la Isla, a truly phenomenal flamenco singer who was greatly admired in the flamenco world in the brief time he rose to fame, but died too young at 42 (from drugs and smoking-lung cancer). Other greats paying tribute to Paco in this film include the legendary guitarists Manlo Sanlucar and the great Tomatito. I only wish that the producers of this film had included some comments from the unique American flamenco guitarist, Carlos Lomas, a trail blazer in his own right and when younger, on an equal footing with many of Spain's top players.]
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