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Death of a master

The angels are spoiled with flamenco today and heaven filled with the most beautiful guitar tunes.

 

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The hands of Paco de Lucía by Francis Giacobetti

 

It’s been a mad two weeks and I’m now back in London again after a detour through Paris and Stockholm .

Before tailing the adventures of my last  days (off of internet connection… So sorry for that!) I would like to render homage to someone who has meant a great deal to me.

I grew up listening to flamenco (…and blues, and jazz, and fusion, and rock…). My parents where both spanish, hippies, and music lovers which might explain their infatuation for Gipsy music. But also, of course, it had to do with something deeper. With an understanding or at least a great love and respect for the Gipsy culture and history. Especially for the spanish Gipsies the ”Gitanos” who are very different from the Romani Gipsies for example.

My father studied anthropology, both my parents where very left wing and our home was a political one. Studying and discussing, minorities, the injustices they had to put up with, their struggle to survive and to express, was an everyday passion.

The fact that we traveled and moved constantly and led a, shall I say very bohemian life, where ownership and money wasn’t high on the scale, was of course also another reason of identification and recognition.

I’ll expand on this subject another day but for now lets just say that flamenco is the Gitanos blues, or fado. It’s the folk music of southern spain, of Andalucia. Sprung from extreme poverty and distress, from deep sorrow and pain, but also from the need of celebrating life’s beauty and love despite it’s hardships.

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Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla in a mythical shot by Pepe Lamarca

 

And so we come to one of it’s absolute masters; Paco de Lucía. He is unarguably the greatest flamenco guitar player that ever lived. For several decades he played with another legend, the singer and ”cantaor” Camarón de la Isla . Their flamenco was a new vision of a very traditional, honest style. De Lucia later opened to other styles such as jazz, bossa nova,  rock and fusion and contributed hugely to making flamenco heard outside of Spain’s borders.

 

The master passed away today, the 26th of february 2014.

 

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The angels are spoiled with flamenco today and heaven filled with the most beautiful guitar tunes.

Buen viaje maestro.

3 kommentarer
  • Angeles

    Yo digo también buen viaje Maestro e infinitas gracias por su música y por haber podido conocerle, hablar con él y sentir su gran humildad en medio de su grandeza. Nos quedamos con su música, con su sencillez, con su humildad, con su silenciosa manera de convivir en silencio!

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    • ruth

      After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
      Aldous Huxley

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  • Eleonor.

    Din familj låter som min:) Kan aldrig sluta prata politik och orättvisor. Kram

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