Paco de Lucía
Paco de Lucía (born December 21, 1947) in Algeciras, Spain, is recognized as a flamenco legend all over the world. He is a composer and guitarist, and leading proponent of the Modern Flamenco style. Not only skilled in flamenco, he is one of the very few flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music, such as jazz, classical, and world music. He is the winner of the 2004 Prince of Asturias Awards in Arts, and is the uncle of Spanish pop singer Malú.
De Lucía was born Francisco Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cádiz, at the southernmost tip of Spain and Europe, the youngest of five children. The son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sánchez, and brother of flamenco singer Pepe de Lucía and flamenco guitarist Ramón de Algeciras, he adopted the stage name Paco de Lucía in honor of his Portuguese-born mother, Lúcia Gomes.
In 1958, at age 11, de Lucía made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras, and a year later he was awarded a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. In 1961, he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José Greco. Between 1968 and 1977, he enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with fellow New Flamenco innovator Camarón de la Isla. The two recorded 10 albums together.
In 1979, de Lucía, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell formed “The Guitar Trio” and together made a brief tour of Europe and released a video recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall entitled “Meeting of Spirits”. Coryell was later replaced by Al Di Meola, and since 1981, the trio have recorded three albums under that line-up. His own band, the Paco de Lucía Sextet (which includes his brothers Ramón and Pepe) released the first of their three albums that same year. He has released several albums encompassing both traditional and modern flamenco styles. Through his wide discography he has given rise to a new way of understanding flamenco and has launched his music and his instrument to a level superior to modern jazz performers. It’s difficult to compare anyone to Paco de Lucia in terms of technique. The University of Cadiz recognized de Lucía´s musical and cultural contributions by conferring on him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa on March 23, 2007.
De Lucía is considered a master of rasgueados and picados and is capable of playing with blinding speed on the nylon string guitar.
Until asked to perform and interpret Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in 1991, de Lucía was not proficient at reading musical notation. As a flamenco guitarist, de Lucía claimed in Paco de Lucia-Light and Shade: A Portrait, he gave greater emphasis to rhythmical accuracy in his interpretation of the Concierto at the expense of the perfect tone preferred by classical guitarists. Joaquín Rodrigo declared that no one had ever played his composition in such a brilliant manner.
- Dos Guitarras Flamencas (1965) with Ricardo Modrego
- 12 Canciones de García Lorca para Guitarra (1965) with Ricardo Modrego
- Dos Guitarras Flamencas en América Latina (1967) with Ramón de Algeciras
- La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucía (1967)
- Hispanoamérica (1969)
- Fantasía Flamenca de Paco de Lucía (1969)
- Recital de Guitarra (1971)
- El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucía (1972)
- Fuente y Caudal (1973)
- En Vivo Desde el Teatro Real (1975)
- Almoraima (1976)
- Interpreta a Manuel de Falla (1978)
- Castro Marín (1981)
- Friday Night in San Francisco (1981) with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin
- Sólo Quiero Caminar (1981) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- Passion, Grace and Fire (1983) with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin
- Live… One Summer Night (1984) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- Entre Dos Aguas (1986) compilation
- Siroco (1987)
- Live recordings (1987) with George Dalaras
- Zyryab (1990)
- Concierto de Aranjuez (1991)
- Live in América (1993) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- The Guitar Trio (1996) with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin
- Luzia (1998)
- Cositas Buenas (2004)
- Interview with Paco de Lucía from DVD “Paco de Lucía – Light and Shade: A Portrait” (1994)
- Interview with Paco de Lucía from DVD “Paco de Lucía – Francisco Sanchez” (2003)