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  • RENOWNED FLAMENCO GUITARIST PACO DE LUCÍA DEBUTS AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Feb. 4, 2007
  • 2006/2007 World Music Series Continues with Salif Keita

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2007, 7:30 PM

    Presented in association with KCRW

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's World Music Series continues with the debut appearance of Paco de Lucía, the world's foremost flamenco guitarist, on Sunday February 4, 2007, 7:30 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A pioneer of modern flamenco, Paco de Lucía is widely acclaimed for his innovative and revolutionary compositions.

    Paco de Lucía has adapted the past to the present, and awakened a new generation to the power and appeal of flamenco. He is the creator of the current concept of the flamenco band, and his innovations, such as the use of jazz instruments and complex harmonies, are widely adopted, setting the model for modern-day flamenco instrumentation. This performance features signature songs such as Soeá, Bulerías, Zyryab, Paenque and many others.

    The 2006/2007 World Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall concludes on April 28, 2007 with Malian superstar Salif Keita, who blends his traditional griot roots with African grooves, Islamic tinges and Western pop.

    PACO DE LUCÍA is a living legend of flamenco guitar. Born in Algeciras (Cádiz) in 1947 into a family of musicians, he counts among his biggest influences his father, flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez, his elder brother, flamenco guitarist Ramon de Algeciras, and his master Nino Ricardo. His first performance was broadcast when he was just 11 years old. In 1962 Paco de Lucía won an award at the International Flamenco Contest in Jerez. Shortly thereafter he toured with his brothers around the world, and ventured into the world of composition. In 1970, Paco de Lucía met flamenco vocalist Camarón de la Isla, beginning a creative partnership that produced more than ten records. His 2004 recording Cositas Buenas received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album and won the Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album. Billboard also named it the Best Latin Jazz Record of the year. Also in 2004, Paco de Lucía was the first flamenco artist to receive Spain's prestigious Premio Príncipe de Asturias award.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2007, 7:30 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    World Music Series

    PACO de LUCÍA, guitar

    NIÑO JOSELE, guitar

    ISRAEL SUÁREZ "PIRAÑA," percussion

    ALAIN PÉREZ, bass

    ANTONIO SERRANO, keyboard

    CHONCHI HEREDIA, vocals

    MONTSERRAT CORTES, vocals

    Tickets ($33-$85) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3408, acrane@laphil.org; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689, lbellamore@laphil.org; Photos: 213.972.3034