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Experience the Spanish flamenco flair in the grandest style ever! The legendary guitarist, master of the flamenco genre, Paco de Lucia is all set to embark on his latest tour of the US. Get Paco de Lucia tickets and watch the master in action live!
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Paco De Lucia
Paco de Lucia was born in the Spanish city of Algeciras and was named Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez. He was the fifth and youngest child of Antonio Sanchez, a flamenco guitarist. One of his brothers, Pepe de Lucia, was a flamenco singer, and another of his brothers, Ramon de Algeciras, was a flamenco guitarist. Surrounded by musicians in the family, it was a given that Paco would become a musician. So from a very early age, Paco de Lucia showed musical inclination.
His father introduced him to the flamenco guitar when Paco de Lucia was very young. His father then oversaw his guitar education with strictness and great discipline. Paco was made to practice for almost twelve hours every day. His father even made him leave school for sometime so that he could give his sole attention to guitar playing. When he was a young boy, he used to play flamenco guitar on the streets of his city. As there were many Pablos and Pacos where he lived, it was a custom to add the boy’s mother’s name to distinguish between similar names. This is why Paco’s acquired the name Paco de Lucia.
Constant practice polished his natural talent which shone with brilliance by the time he turned in eleven. At that age in 1958, he appeared on Radio Algeciras. It was his first official public appearance. In the following year, he participated in the Jerez flamenco competition where he received a special prize. He joined José Greco, a troupe of flamenco dancers, and toured with them in 1961. Three years later, he met Ricardo Modrego, a guitarist from Madrid, and worked with him on three studio albums which are Dos guitarras flamencas, Doce canciones de Federico García Lorca para guitarra, and Dos guitarras flamencas en stereo. For the next decade (from 1968 and 1977), Paco de Lucia collaborated with New Flamenco singer, Camaron de la Isla, on ten albums. Other notable collaborations over the years included his albums with Chick Corea, the American pianist.
In 1979, he formed the Guitar Trio which featured renowned guitarists John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell. They toured Europe and recorded their video called "Meeting of the Spirits". Coryell left the trio and his place was filled by Al Di Meola. They have released a total of three albums. Paco then formed his own band and named it Paco de Lucia Sextet. Its lineup included his elder brothers, Pepe and Ramon. Their produced some groundbreaking work like Almoraima, Fantasia Flamenca, La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucia, Zyryab, and Fuente y Caudal. Apart from his traditional contributions, he was among the few traditional flamenco guitarists who experimented with other musical genres like jazz and classical. One such example is his collaboration with Bryan Adams in 1995 on his smasher "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" which was part of the soundtrack of the movie titled Don Juan DeMarco. He will play some of his most famous songs at his concerts which you can listen to live with your cheap Paco de Lucia tickets.
An interesting fact about Paco de Lucia is that despite being so proficient in music, he had difficulty in reading musical notations until 1991 when he was asked to interpret and perform Concierto de Aranjuez of Joaquin Rodrigo. He then learnt to read the notations and the performance he gave was absolutely splendid.
His genius has been recognized the world over. In 2004, he won the Prince of Asturaias Award in Arts. The University of Cadiz awarded Paco de Lucia the title of Doctor Honoris Causa on in March, 2007, for his cultural and musical contributions. In 2010, Berklee College of Music, Boston, conferred on him an honorary doctorate.
So be prepared to be completely enthralled by the sensational guitar playing of Paco de Lucia at his concerts. Get Paco de Lucia tickets and experience the out-of-this-world quality of his music!