Performing Arts Fort Worth welcomes acclaimed flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía back to Bass Performance Hall as part of the BNSF Popular Entertainment series tonight, April 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38.50 and are on sale now.
Arguably the most iconic artist of Spanish musical culture and heritage, Paco de Lucía returns to the United States for the first time since 2007 with a 17-city tour. This tour coincides with the release his new double disc album, En Vivo: Conciertos De España 2010, released April 3 on Decca Records.
The album was recorded during his live concert tour of Spain in 2010 and celebrates the heritage of the Spanish guitar and beyond. Known for his dazzling speed and technical dexterity, de Lucía was one of the first artists to explore innovative musical collaborations outside the realm of Spanish classical guitar and flamenco in the late 60’s. His prolific repertoire spans from the traditional classics to the avant-garde flamenco-jazz fusion that became his trademark sound with the Paco de Lucía sextet in the 1980s - the first flamenco concept band of its time.
His groundbreaking collaborations and participation in notable soundtracks including Vicky Cristina Barcelona have established de Lucía as the most innovative and influential flamenco artist of the past three decades.
En Vivo captures an anthology of his most iconic compositions, masterfully reinterpreted by de Lucía and his new lineup of young musicians, including his nephew Antonio Sanchez on second guitar, the virtuoso harmonica player Antonio Serrano and Cuban Latin/jazz electric bass player Alain Pére. All bring contemporary elements to the traditional flamenco ensemble. The tour also showcases two renowned vocalists, Duquende and David de Jacoba, acclaimed percussionist Israel “Piraña” Suarez and the rising young dancer Farruco.
Of his live performances, the New York Post commented, “de Lucía displayed a virtuosic technique… with breath-taking speed and accuracy.” The Chicago Tribune concurred, noting it was an “explosive, percussive and perpetual-motion concert.”
To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online atwww.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4318.