Paco de Lucía will be honored in New York in 2024, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of his death

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Artists like Ruben Blades, Carmen Linares, Diego ‘El Cigala either Farruquito they will pay tribute to the guitarist Paco de Lucia at a festival that will take place in New York from February 20 to 24, 2024the year that marks the tenth anniversary of the death of the musician from Algeciras.

Six spaces in the American city will host the festival Paco de Lucía Legacywith the participation in addition to the already mentioned artists of Al Di Meola, Jose Merce, Rafael Riqueni, Child Josele or some of the musicians who shared the stage with Paco de Lucía, such as Jorge Pardo, Antonio Serranothe Brazilian Rubem Dantas, José María Bandera, Antonio Sanchez, Israel Suárez ‘Piranha’ either Carles Benaventamong others.

A great gala at the famous Manhattan’s Carnegie Hallscheduled for the day February 20th and with more than thirty artists on stage, it will mark the beginning of five days in which the memory of the author of I just want to walk and Between two waters will be recognized as “guitar legend”.

After this first appointment, on the 21st the Afro Latin Orchestrawith Arturo O’Farrill, Alex Conde and his Big Band will perform some of the musician’s most emblematic songs and the book will be presented The enigma Paco de Lucía by César Suárez.

New York will host a tribute to Paco de Lucía on the tenth anniversary of his death. / Michael Putland

On February 22, a master class on the Andalusian cadence will be given at The Julliard School; the percussionist El Piraña will do the same at New York University with a clapping and percussion master class and Lincoln Center will host a fusion concert jazz/Flemish with Farruquito as guest artist.

On February 23, the Berklee Power Station will host the presentation of an unreleased album by Paco de Lucía and the film will be presented The searchdirected by the guitarist’s son, Curro Sánchezfollowed by a concert at the Orensanz Foundation Synagogue.

Finally, on the 24th there will be a concert at the jazz club Le Poisson Rouge, among other events yet to be confirmed.

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With this tribute it is about vindicating “the legacy and significance of a personality and a work that changed the way we understand flamenco and music in general”said his family who attended the presentation at the Ateneo de Madrid.

The vice president of the Paco de Lucía Foundation, Gabriela Canseco Vallejo, has indicated that this event is organized to honor each day of Paco de Lucía’s life. “We want him to stay alive, to never stop and to continue doing and telling things”he added, pointing out Carnegie Hall as the festival’s operations center.

Jorge Pardo, who has been part of Paco’s sextet, remembered him as “an older brother and an artist who has sown a lot”. “We all have a Paco de Lucía inside; each of us who are here has an experience with Paco, even if it is an afternoon listening to one of his albums”.


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