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“We don't know what we are going to see,” stated Gabriela Canseco, widow of Paco de Lucía, on the reception previous to the tribute live performance to the musician at Carnegie Hall this Tuesday, February 20. It was the primary of the occasions being held in New York till subsequent Saturday as a part of the Paco de Lucía Legacy pageant to commemorate the ten years for the reason that dying of the guitarist from Algeciras.

His widow's assertion was trustworthy and made sense. It has not been simple to coordinate 22 performances in a single with greater than 30 artists concerned and transport 100 folks in complete to New York to arrange every thing in just a few days. Behind the scenes, the sensation among the many contributors was comparable. Organizing one thing with so many scene adjustments was very tough. And perfecting it with simply two days of rehearsal, they stated, made it much more sophisticated. But nearly all of the solid was keen and even completely satisfied.

Silvia Pérez Cruz, singing 'María la Portuguesa', with Javier Colina on the left and Yerai Cortés and Josemi Carmona on the right.
Silvia Pérez Cruz, singing 'María la Portuguesa', with Javier Colina on the left and Yerai Cortés and Josemi Carmona on the precise.Maro Rennella

This was not the case with Diego el Cigala, who got here on stage as he normally does currently: with out want, misplaced and out of tone. And but, he was applauded. Luckily, on the occasion, organized by the Paco de Lucía Foundation, Carmen Linares additionally sang, and out of pleasure she remembered why she continues to be the proprietor and girl of singing; an impeccable Silvia Pérez Cruz decoding Mary the Portuguese, and José Mercé, who tackled a seguiriya particularly impressed. But at Carnegie Hall the pinch together with his voice got here from Duquende. The Catalan, half disappeared from the scene, returned in New York to be that singer who reminded Paco de Lucía a lot of Camarón.

The ball didn’t have an excellent night time in New York. And there have been two others that the maestro preferred: Farru and Farruquito, who’re at all times efficient (the robust foot-stomping, the ability for pirouettes and the magnetism that continues to encourage their saga by no means fail), however they have been additionally too efficient. And the viewers applauded them enthusiastically.

Top musicians

But if one thing elevated the live performance, and to what peak, it was the musicians. To start with, the guitars: these of two veterans like Rafael Riqueni and Pepe Habichuela; that of a privileged thoughts like Dani de Morón; that of the freshness and rhythm of Yerai Cortés, that of Antonio Rey, who carried out a number of the grasp's tarantas that made the viewers rise up, or that of José María Bandera, particularly impressed enjoying Monastery of exit with Carles Benavent. A particular point out deserves Niño Josele, who sustained the present even when he was not the protagonist and had an incredible second when he accompanied (or was it the opposite approach round?) Rubén Blades. Josele and Josemi Carmona, who was the inventive director, acted as assist for many who weren’t so centered and have been beneficiant with everybody.

Carmen Linares, with Yerai Cortés on the left and Antonio Sánchez on the right.
Carmen Linares, with Yerai Cortés on the left and Antonio Sánchez on the precise.Maro Renella

Who ought to honor Paco de Lucía?

But it was not simply guitars that Paco de Lucía flourished and, due to this fact, it’s not shocking that one of the vital sensible of the night time was the harmonica participant Antonio Serrano, marking one of many nice musical moments of the night time with the pianist Chano Domínguez. Together they carried out Love track, by Paco de Lucía, and between the 2 of them they managed to make sure that the guitar was not even missed.

Jorge Pardo, Javier Colina, Carles Benavent and Rubem Dantas additionally demonstrated why they have been musicians on the degree of Paco de Lucía. And vice versa, as a result of expertise will not be contagious however varieties do stick. For instance, feeling respect for the music, the viewers, your colleagues and your self. Paco de Lucía knew lots about this, and lots of of his pals, disciples or each confirmed this final night time. And that dedication was what smoothed out errors on many events.

Thanks to the guitarists, the percussionists and the remainder of the instrumentalists, this tribute titled Paco de Lucía Legacy additionally ended up making sense, as a result of many lived as much as his legacy. What is it and the way was it demonstrated at Carnegie Hall? Here are three notes.

End of the party, with all the artists on stage.
End of the get together, with all of the artists on stage.Maro Renella

One, the professionalism that he had was put into apply by those that made an effort to appropriate shortcomings in area, lack of time, and different setbacks associated to New York City itself and the calls for of Carnegie Hall. Second, the reward that he from Algeciras needed to, irrespective of who he performed with, be certain that flamenco blended in good proportion with different music, feeding on them and feeding them. They achieved it in New York Niño Josele with Blades and Josemi Carmona with Madou Diabaté. Third observe: if Sabicas made the guitar impartial of singing and dancing and turned it right into a soloist, Paco de Lucía multiplied it by including harmonicas, flutes, cajones and music from different latitudes. In this manner, he put flamenco at a really excessive degree. And additionally very demanding. That is why we have now to think about whether or not it ought to be those that reply to this demand, and solely them, who ought to pay tribute to Paco de Lucía. Whether or not they’re guitarists. Whether or not they’re flamenco.

Who every one is might be confirmed in the course of the finish of the get together, by which these already talked about saved the furnishings and the standard ones, additionally talked about, acted as they happy, turning the closing of the present in a bit nonsense. As a ultimate observe, the artists introduced onto the stage, with all cause and all advantage, Pepe de Lucía, brother of the honoree who was additionally their singer. The final expertise, on the Teatro Real, didn’t go fully effectively however on this event he was completely satisfied that although he was not in this system they remembered him, and he settled a chaotic finish to the get together by singing a bit little bit of Continent Continent King Kong, the bulerías with which his brother closed many concert events, and Pepe de Lucía giving a lesson to multiple in New York.

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