RIP Paco de Lucia

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Paco de Lucia, maître de la guitare flamenco, est mort
Le Monde.fr avec AFP et Reuters | 26.02.2014 à 09h39 • Mis à jour le 26.02.2014 à 10h15


Le guitariste espagnol de flamenco Paco de Lucia est mort au Mexique à l'âge de 66 ans, a annoncé mercredi 26 février la mairie d'Algeciras, sa ville natale du sud de l'Espagne. Ce géant de la guitare flamenco a été victime d'une crise cardiaque, a indiqué le service de presse de la mairie. Il vivait depuis quelques années alternativement en Espagne et au Mexique

Sa mort représente « une perte irréparable pour le monde de la culture, pour l'Andalousie », a déclaré le maire d'Algeciras, José Ignacio Landaluce. La ville a décrété deux jours officiel.

De son vrai nom Francisco Sanchez Gomez, il était né le 21 décembre 1947 à Algeciras, non loin de Cadix, il su moderniser le flamenco traditionnel en l'associant avec le jazz et en puisant son inspiration dans divers horizons musicaux. Il avait notamment joué avec le pianiste de jazz Chick Corea et le guitariste de jazz-rock Al Di Meola. Son duo avec le chanteur Camaron de la Isla, mort en 1992, avait en outre contribué au renouveau du flamenco dans les années 1970.


 
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Spanish Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

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World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras in southern Spain, where he was born.

He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

Famous for a series of flamenco albums in the 1970s, he also crossed over into classical and jazz guitar.

He also worked on films by Spanish director Carlos Saura, notably appearing in his 1983 version of Carmen, which won a UK Bafta award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.

Algeciras is to hold two days of official mourning. Its mayor, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, called the musician's death an "irreparable loss for the world of culture and for Andalusia".

He had lived both in Mexico and in Spain in recent years.

'I knew every rhythm'

He was born Francisco Sanchez Gomez on 21 December 1947, the son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez, who was of Gypsy origin. His stage name he took in honour of his mother, Lucia Gomes.

It is believed he had played the guitar from the age of five.

"My family grew up with the Gypsies," the guitarist was quoted as saying in a 1994 article in Guitar Player.

"My father and all my brothers played guitar, so before I picked it up, before I could speak, I was listening. Before I started to play, I knew every rhythm of the flamenco. I knew the feeling and the meaning of the music, so when I started to play, I went directly to the sound I had in my ear."

At the age of 18 he recorded his first album in Madrid.

One of the great musical partnerships of his life was with the singer Camaron de la Isla, who died in 1992. The two men recorded albums in the 1970s which inspired a New Flamenco movement.

In 2004, Paco de Lucia was awarded Spain's prestigious Asturias Prize for Art as the "most universal of flamenco artists".

"His style has been a beacon for young generations and his art has made him into one of the best ambassadors of Spanish culture in the world," the jury said at the time.

Among those he worked with outside Spain was British guitarist John McLaughlin.
 
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