PACO DE LUCÍA THE GUITARIST He was acquainted with flamenco since childhood. His father and his brother were his main influences. When he was 11 years old, heFrancisco Sánchez Gómez, made his first public appearance onstage name Paco de Lucía Radio Algeciras, and a year laterwas born in 1947, in was awarded a special prize in theAlgeciras, a city in the Jerez flamenco competition.province of Cádiz, it islocated south of Spaindirectly in front of the Rockof Gibraltar. He was youngest of five children. He adopted the stage name Paco de Lucía in honor of his Portuguese mother, Lucía Gomes.
At 12, he began playing with hisbrother in a group. Some years laterthey toured the world, starting hisinternational career. By 1970, hehad gained so great a reputationthat he was asked to perform at aninternational festival organized forthe bicentennial of Beethoven’sdeath, celebrated at Barcelona’sPalau de la Música. Paco de Lucia became a star of the charts in 1973 with “Entre dos aguas” rumba that got the youngest beginning to become interested in flamenco guitar. His 2004 recording “Cositas buenas,” was nominated as best contemporary world music album by the Grammys and won the Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album.He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with fellow NewFlamenco cantaor (one of the premier flamenco singers)Camarón de la Isla. They began a long and productiverelationship.
He has been criticized by purists flamenco for his foraysinto other styles, because he has included bass, drumsand saxophone and his high profle collaborations,specially with jazz musician, most notably with pianistChick Corea and fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, LarryCoryell and Al DiMeola He has recorded over twenty albums, among which are: “Two flamenco guitars" (1965), “Twelve songs of García Lorca for guitar" (1965), “Andalusian songs for two guitars", “Fuente y caudal" (1973 ), “Almoraima" (1976), “Sólo quiero caminar" (1981), “Siroco" (1987), “Zyryab" (1990), “Concierto de Aranjuez" (1991), “Luzia" (1998) and “Cositas"(2004).
He was one of the best flamenco teacher and a revolutionary in the genre. His influence has changed the conception of flamenco music during the last three decades. Over the course of his career, he has made many revolutionary changes in flamenco.He is considered the most prestigiousflamenco guitarist internationally and the mostinfluential flamenco musician of our time.Widely acclaimed for his innovative approachto the ancient art, he has won flamenco a wideaudience around the world through hiscompositions. He was the first flamenco artist to receive Spain’s 2004 Premio Príncipe de Asturias. The University of Cadiz recognized de Lucías musical and cultural contributions by conferring on him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa on March 23, 2007.