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(@brothaweed)
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Just thought I would let everyone know, Paco de Lucia will be in Berkeley (UC to be specific) in February. Paco de Lucia is perhaps the most famous Flamenco guitarists in the world. He basically has layed down the path for the up-and-coming Flamenco guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo. Anyways, Paco is one who literally puts his soul into everything he plays; which is very consistent with Flamenco itself. True Flamenco in my opinion is like true Blues, it is all about the spirit/emotion.

Paco de Lucia has played with the greats like John McGlaughlin, Chick Corea, Al diMeola, etc. He's been a huge influence on western music, just as western music has probably been a larger influence on him. He normally travels with other guitarists and flute players, cajistas (box players), and incredible female flamenco dancers.

I promise you, if you ever have the chance of seeing him play live... you will NEVER be the same.

Matt.

 
Posted : 15/12/2006 1:29 am
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I know I am way out of my element here so pardon the ignorance. Does he play the same style music as Govi. I have one of his CDs and LOVE it. I know nothing about this style or the people who play it. Found it in Walmart one day - the CD cover was cool, turns out the CD was great.

Thanks!

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Posted : 15/12/2006 4:27 am
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I know I am way out of my element here so pardon the ignorance. Does he play the same style music as Govi. I have one of his CDs and LOVE it. I know nothing about this style or the people who play it. Found it in Walmart one day - the CD cover was cool, turns out the CD was great.

Thanks!

Sorry to say I'm not familiar with Govi. All I can say is that Flamenco is particular to Spain in Europe. It is extremely prodominent in the Southern region of Spain. It is mainly played by Gypsies. It really is a style of it's own. And as much as I hate to say this... aside from a couple of players/musicians such as Paco de Lucia, Flamenco doesn't really exist outside of the small locales where it's normally played. If I had to compare Paco de Lucia to anyone (commercial that is), I would compare him to the Gypsy Kings. Which is a bizarre statement coming from me, because I can't stand the Gypsy Kings.

Anyways, Paco de Lucia is a genius. He has the flamenco rythms deeply ingrained inside of him. And again he really broke out when he started experimenting with Jazz artists. The reason I compared him to the Gypsy Kings is basically because of the guitar styles. Which again are mainly Rumbas and upbeat styles of music (the Gypsy Kings). With Paco de Lucia, he'll bring you to tears. I'm not kidding!!!

I dare anyone that has $20 to order online John McLaughlin, Al diMeola, and Paco de Lucia's "Friday Night Live in San Francisco", which was recorded about 20yrs. ago live in S.F. You will not regret it!

 
Posted : 15/12/2006 4:49 am
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Hi Matt! How are you?

I completely agree! Paco de Lucía is probably the best Flamenco guitarist although he also plays some classical pieces (there are very good recordings).

And, yes, Gypsy Kings are a different style, mainly Rumba which, as you well know, usually is not considered as Flamenco. Really I think they can not be compared.

Nuno

 
Posted : 16/12/2006 2:37 pm
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I found some audio clips of him here: http://www.last.fm/music/Paco+de+Luc%C3%ADa
Wow...hard to describe, but beautiful. Some of the rhythms almost have an Eastern, like Persian or Indian, feel to them. Thanks.

P.S. Brothaweed, you could post his Berkley appearance info on the site I linked if you want.

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when he gets up under the lights to play his thing..."-Dire Straits
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Posted : 16/12/2006 6:00 pm
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Persian was a good guess - the flamenco style came to Spain with the Arabs a few hundred years ago.

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Posted : 16/12/2006 6:15 pm
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That makes sense, given the history of the Muslim expansion through the Mediterranian and into Spain. Thanks for that!

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when he gets up under the lights to play his thing..."-Dire Straits
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Posted : 16/12/2006 6:38 pm
 Nuno
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The invasion was in the VIII Century and the reconquest finished in 1492, the year of the discovery of America. The Flamenco is mainly influenced by Moorish but also has influences from ancient Eurpean and American styles. We have a lot of different folk styles here, the Flamenco is one of them. As Matt said, the Flamenco is mainly the music of the south of Spain but has a lot of fans along the country (really it isn't my case but I listen Flamenco since I was a child...).

The clips in http://last.fm are very representatives. For example, the song "Entre dos aguas" (something like "Between two waters") probably refers to Cádiz, the city or the region, due to is localized between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and it is where Paco de Lucía born (it's just an assumption!).

The Wikipedia contains an interesting article on Flamenco.

Thanks! :D

 
Posted : 18/12/2006 2:45 pm
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The invasion was in the VIII Century and the reconquest finished in 1492, the year of the discovery of America. The Flamenco is mainly influenced by Moorish but also has influences from ancient Eurpean and American styles. We have a lot of different folk styles here, the Flamenco is one of them. As Matt said, the Flamenco is mainly the music of the south of Spain but has a lot of fans along the country (really it isn't my case but I listen Flamenco since I was a child...).

The clips in http://last.fm are very representatives. For example, the song "Entre dos aguas" (something like "Between two waters") probably refers to Cádiz, the city or the region, due to is localized between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and it is where Paco de Lucía born (it's just an assumption!).

The Wikipedia contains an interesting article on Flamenco.

Thanks! :D

Man you guys are on the money!!! I can't believe I didn't mention the Islamic/Moorish influence on flamenco.

Nuno, "Entre Dos Aguas" es un perfecto ejemplo de la musica de Paco de Lucia. Incredible guitar work! I actually think that was probably the piece that got me turned on to flamenco guitar. Not to mention I attended almost every "Arranque" Roteño in the province of Cádiz from the first one till 1992. Where I also saw the famous "El Camaron", who sang alongside of Paco de Lucia for years. They were considered "musical" soulmates.

 
Posted : 18/12/2006 9:20 pm
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Is Paco De Lucia also a song by Joe Pass? Or is it just a misnamed file on my computer.

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Posted : 22/12/2006 5:30 am
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So it would seem. Check out track #8:
http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1036355/a/Virtuoso+%233.htm

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Posted : 22/12/2006 6:13 am
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Must be a tribute. What's Joe's gig?

 
Posted : 22/12/2006 5:23 pm
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Joe Pass is a jazz guitarist, which is like saying Derek Jeter plays baseball.

"Yes and an old guitar is all that he can afford,
when he gets up under the lights to play his thing..."-Dire Straits
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Posted : 23/12/2006 1:18 am
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Who's Derek Jeter? Does he play baseball?

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Posted : 23/12/2006 1:48 am
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Copy that..!

 
Posted : 23/12/2006 3:08 am
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