Paco De Lucia & Paco Pena
"DOS GUITARRAS FLAMENCAS EN AMERICA LATINA"
In 1958, at age 11, he made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras, and a year later was awarded a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. In 1961, he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José Greco. In 1964, he met Madrileño guitarist Ricardo Modrego with whom he recorded three albums: Dos guitarras flamencas, Dos guitarras flamencas en stereo, and Doce canciones de Federico García Lorca para guitarra. Between 1968 and 1977, he enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with fellow New Flamenco cantaor (Flamenco singer) Camarón de la Isla. The two recorded 10 albums together. His 1976 album Almoraima was a success and featured notable tracks such as Almoraima and Río Ancho, the latter track of which has been covered by other guitarists such as Al Di Meola.
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 has recorded three albums. De Lucía's own band, the Paco de Lucía Sextet (which includes his brothers Ramón and Pepe) released the first of its three albums that same year. He has released several albums encompassing both traditional and modern flamenco styles.
In 1995, he recorded with Bryan Adams the hit song and video "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" on the soundtrack for the movie Don Juan DeMarco. Through his wide discography he has advanced the technical and musical boundaries of his instrument. 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.
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, he claimed in Paco de Lucía-Light and Shade: A Portrait that 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. Since de Lucía was not able to read music, he worked on his interpretation of the concerto with Narciso Yepes.
Paco Peña (born 1 June 1942) is a Spanish flamenco guitarist. He is regarded as one of the world's foremost traditional Flamenco players.
Born in Córdoba, Spain as Francisco Peña Pérez, Paco Pena began learning to play the guitar from his brother at age 6 and made his first professional appearance at 12. Encouraged by his family, he left home and began performing throughout Spain with a government-sponsored folk music and dance program. This led to call-ups from professional Flamenco companies in Madrid and the Costa Brava, where Pena established himself as an highly-regarded accompanist to Flamenco dance and singing. However, dissatisfied with life on the coast and seeking a new challenge, he moved to London in the late 1960s to become a soloist. Initially the star attraction in the Restaurante Antonio in Covent Garden, Pena's performances generated so much interest among a British public previously uninitiated in Flamenco that he soon found himself sharing concerts with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 1967. It was not long before Pena was touring the world, both as a soloist and an accompanist with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He later founded the world's first university course on flamenco guitar, at the Rotterdam conservatory of music.
Pena also created the Centro Flamenco Paco Peña in Córdoba, and was responsible for the founding of the now-celebrated annual Córdoba Guitar Festival, which has seen appearances by other Flamenco greats such as Manolo Sanlúcar and Paco de Lucía.
In 1997 Peña was named Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil by King Juan Carlos of Spain.
His most famous compositions include his Misa Flamenca, a Flamenco Mass and Requiem for the Earth, both of which have received great critical acclaim.
He has also had a number of notable collaborations, significantly with the guitarist Eduardo Falú and the Chilean group Inti Illimani.
He has homes in both London and Córdoba. His most recent show is Flamenco Sin Fronteras (2009), which explores the relationship between Venezuelan music and Flamenco.
Peña is a good friend of classical guitarist, John Williams, and they have frequently played concerts together.
. Danza Venezolana (Barrios)
. Pajaro chogui (Pitagua)
. Yo vendo unos ojos negros (Pablo Ara Lucena)
. Guadalajara (Pepe Guizar)
. (Yo todo) A media luz (Edgardo , E. Donato , Сesar Lenzi)
. Tico - tico (Zequinha de Abreu , Oliveira)
. Quizas, quizas, quizas (Oswaldo Farres ,Davis)
. La Bamba (arr.- Paco Pena)
. Caminando (Paco Pena , Reyna)
. Choros no.2 (Joao Pernambuco)
. Ritmo Orquidea (arr.- Paco Pena)
. Carnival from 'Black Orfeus' (Bonfa , Peretti ,Creatore , Weiss)
. Valse Criollo (Antonio Lauro , Reiter)
. Amapola (Joseph Lacalle , Albert Gamse)
. Cielito lindo (popular)
. Alma llanera (gutierrez)
. Manana de Carnaval
. El jarabe tapatio
. La flor de la canela
. A pesar de todo
. Fina estampa
. Virgen de amor
. Malaguena salerosa
. Tomo y obligo
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