Location: De Bijloke in Ghent, entrance to the festival is located in the Godshuizenlaan 9000 Gent.
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Paco de Lucia, guitar
Antonio Sanchez, 2nd guitar
Antonio Serrano, keyboards, harmònica
Alain Perez, bass
David de Jacoba, vocals
Sanchez Francisco Gomes, known as Paco De Lucia was born in the neighborhood of La Bajadilla, Algeciras (Cádiz) in 1947. Since childhood his parents influenced Paco de Lucia in his vocation, receiving his first guitar lessons from his father. His brothers, the singer Pepe de Lucia and guitarist Ramón de Algeciras accompanied Paco de Lucia on several of his recordings and tours. At an age of 14, Paco de Lucia started his international career when Jose Greco hired him as a third guitarist in his Spanish Ballet Company. A mid-60s Paco de Lucia met Camaron de la Isla and together they recorded 10 albums that reproducing the more traditional flamenco, but separately Paco created a more popular flamenco mixing it with jazz and other musical styles. In 1981 Paco de Lucia formed the celebrated sextet with his brothers Ramon and Pepe, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent and Rubem Dantas, who later joined the dancer Manolo Soler, a formation that lasted for several years and subsequently was modified with new additions. With over thirty recordings, the tremendous contribution of Paco de Lucia to the flamenco music is reflecting in his devotion to popularize and internationalize flamenco music. Another vital contribution to contemporary flamenco has been the inclusion of the Afro-Peruvian instrument of origin that Paco De Lucia discovered in the late 70s and decided to incorporate into his performances as a solution to the need of having an accurate flamenco percussion, becoming since then an indispensable percussion instrument, also called cajon. Although Paco his main influences were Niño Ricardo, Sabicas and Mario Escudero, he formed his own personality as shown in many of his works such as "La Barrosa", "Vine District," "Homenaje al Niño Ricardo", "Almoraima , "Guajira de Lucia", "Rio Ancho" and the legendary rumba "Entre dos aguas", which in 1973 granted him with the star of the charts, reaching a much more younger audience. Paco de Lucia is considered an excellent performer thanks to his virtuosity and his personal strong and rhythmic style. He is considered one of the best guitar masters of all times, receiving numerous awards including the Premio Nacional de Arte Flamenco Guitar, Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1992), the Prince of Asturias Award Arts (2004) and a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album Cositas good. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music of the private University in Boston.
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