Monday, 31 March 2014

French Exchange Visit to London 26th March 2014

A bit chilly on the way to a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament 
Just missed the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace

Excellent lunch at Zizzi's in The Strand before enjoying "The Lion King" at the Lyceum Theatre.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Adiós a Paco de Lucía. The Master.

Probably, you will have heard your parents or grand parents mention PACO DE LUCÍA some time. Or maybe not. He was 1 of the greatest GUITARIST in the world. For me, unique.

I am thinking of how to introduce him to you, it's difficult to do it in some lines. So, just some of his own words about FLAMENCO and how he felt it:

"... is the  music around you, made by people you see, the people you make music with. You learn it from your family, from your friends, in la juerga.  And then you work on technique. Guitarists do not need to study. And, as it is  with any music, the great ones will spend some time working with the young  players who show special talent. 
You must understand that a Gypsy's life is a  life of anarchy. That is a reason why the way of flamenco music is a way without  discipline as you know it. We don't try to organize things with our minds. We just live........ music is everywhere in our  lives"

¡Olé qué arte!

CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ by el maestro Joaquín Rodrigo, guitarist P. de Lucía

COMO EL AGUA by Camarón de la Isla and Paco de Lucía

De Lucía recorded more than 10 records with his friend Camaron de la Isla, 1 of the premier flamenco singers.
He collaborated with many Spanish and international artists, and received numerous awards like Grammy latinos, National award of Flamenco guitar, Premio Príncipe de Asturias, the Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad de Cádiz and from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA)

Paco de Lucía (Cádiz, España, 21 Dec. 1947 - Mexico, 25 Feb. 2014)


Sunday, 2 March 2014