“NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU GO HARMONICALLY, NO MATTER HOW CRAZY IT SEEMS,   IT HAS TO SMELL AND SOUND LIKE FLAMENCO.” –PACO DE LUCIA
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“NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU GO HARMONICALLY, NO MATTER HOW CRAZY IT SEEMS, IT HAS TO SMELL AND SOUND LIKE FLAMENCO.” –PACO DE LUCIA

Photo courtesy: “FLAMENCO ON FIRE”, www.flamencoonfire.org

MANUELA CARRASCO “Flamenco dancer. She stood out for stripping back flamenco to its core. Her dancing caused a sensation thanks to her strength and temperament.”

Born in 1958 in Seville, she was self-taught. At the age of 13 she went on a two-year tour around Europe with the Curro Vélez flamenco troupe. In Madrid she started to dance as a solo artist with ‘Los Canasteros’. She has performed in shows including Gitano alongside Camarón de la Isla and El Lebrijano, and Flamenco puro with Fernanda de Utrera and Farruco. In the Flamenco Art Biennial in Seville in 1992 she starred in …Y Sevilla under the direction of José Luis Ortiz Nuevo. Three years later she performed alongside the singer José Mercé, in the film Flamenco by Carlos Saura. Her own company’s stage productions include La Diosa, Así baila Sevilla and Jondo Adonai.

ANTONIO CANALES“He is one of Spain’s most internationally known flamenco dancers.”

Antonio Gómez de los Reyes was born in Seville in 1961, the son and grandson of flamenco artists. He began his career at the Spanish National Ballet, where he soon became the company’s solo dancer. He has starred as a guest artist with some of the world’s top companies, and achieved worldwide fame. He has shared the stage with figures of the category of Nureyev, Peter Schaufuss, Sylvie Guillem and Julio Bocca. In 1992 he set up his own company, and appeared for the first time at the World Financial Center in New York to mark the Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America. His show ‘Torero’ was nominated for an Emmy award in 1995.

Photo permission: “Sud Ouest

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Our quote is from the infamous Paco de Lucia…

The last day of 2013, we awoke to the news of the passing of Juan Moneo Lara “El Torta”, charismatic Jerez singer and cult figure.  But it was the loss of Paco de Lucía that triggered a powerful reaction, not only in flamenco, but in the world of music in general, at the national and international levels.

On February 26th, right in the middle of the Festival de Jerez, the news caught us all by surprise: at just 66 years of age, the most important guitarist in the history of flamenco, perhaps the most important in any genre according to many knowledgeable sources, was gone.  Numerous acts and tributes were staged in honor of the maestro from Algeciras, festivals large and small were dedicated to his memory and a postage stamp was issued with his name and likeness.  In the month of November, we received the news that two Latin Grammys had been posthumously awarded to Paco: that of best album of the year, and best flamenco recording for his work “Canción Andaluza”.  The Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla also programmed a triple tribute to the much-admired guitarist that included an extensive symposium with the participation of numerous relevant figures.  Also noteworthy was the presentation of the documentary “Paco de Lucía, la Búsqueda”, the work of Curro Sánchez, son of the late maestro. {continued}

Reprinted with permission of deflamenco.com.

 

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