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Alejandro Moreno Vera

Alejandro Moreno Vera. Born in Malaga, in 1982, his family is linked to the flamenco. At 16 years he begins with the master Pepe Satorre.
Now he is working in solo and he joins the "toque" with the singing accompaniement and dancing.

Andres Cansino

Andrés Cansino, born in Malaga in October 1971. At nine years old he learned with different teachers and he decided to learn alone until he's got sixteen, when he performed for the first time on stage.
He published twelve records, he is a classical guitarist. He took some masterly classes with Manolo Sanlucar in the "Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Córdoba".

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Andres Segovia Torres. Marquis of Salobreña, born in Linares (Jaen) in 1893 February 21. and died in Madrid in 1987 June 3. because of a heart attack, with 94 years.
Son of a humble carpenter. His father sent him to his uncles house to have a better economic position. He should become a chemist but he learned the guitar alone and in secret.
During this period the guitar was an underestimated instrument, considerated the gypsy instrument par excellence, not an "educated" music.
His first master was a flamenco barber, very good playing guitar. During his adolscence he studied at the Musical Institute of Malaga.
In 1909, with 16 years old, offered his first concert in Granada.
Andrés considers that his first debut was in 1913, in Madrid, with 20 years old. He had to rent a good guitar for this concert as his instrument wasn't appropriate.
During the competition "Cante Jondo" celebrated in Granada in 1922, arranged by Manuel de Falla and Federico Garcia Lorca with the participation of Andrés Segovia, is born the friendship between Segovia and Don Francisco Prieto-Moreno Pardo, great achitect and lover of the Herradura in Almuñecar. We can find a maritim walk with his name there.
He also played in the theater Liceo in Barcelona, and then he performed in Paris and London in 1924. He was 31 and he was already tge best guitarist on earth. In 1928 he made hsi debut in the United States.
His first records are from 1927, he has a big importance in the music world of the XX. Century. Thanks to him the guitar became an instrument like others. Great composers created music for that instrument. Due to the civil war of 1937 he left Spain for Uruguay until 1947. He worked with guitar manufacturers to design the classical guitar, with quality woods and nylon strings. The shape of the guitar has also been modified.
The key of his success will be the great sonority that he was able to reproduce with his guitar. Andrés Segovia get married three times along his 94 years of life. The two first times he became widower and his third wife, Emilia del Corral, Emilita, was 45 years younger and accompanied him until the last day of his life.
The king of Spain gave him, in 1981, the title of Marquis of Salobreña.
The City Council of Linares, his native city, installed a big clock (with the initials of the Master and the silhouette of his guitar). When the clock marks the hours you hear an extract of his work "Estudio sin luz".

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Antonio Carrión Jiménez, also known as "Antonio Carrión" or "EL Niño Carrión".
Born in Mairena del Alcor in Sevilla, in 1964. His family is coming from a great flamenco tradition, son of the cantaor "Carrión de Mairena" who teached him the first tones and flamenco compas. With thirteen years old he recorded his first work. He is also grandnephew of the cantaor "Cancuna", firend of "Juan Talega", "Antonio Mairena".
His toque, which pretends balance the most traditional forms with the most innovator trends, plants his roots in schools like the one of "Melchor de Marchena" or "Niño Ricardo" among other artists.
He also performed in French festivals, in Bordeau and Mont de Marsan, but also in Düsseldorf, Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Alexandrie, Bruges, Berlin, Genève et Rome.

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Antonio López Arenas, also known as "Antonio Arenas", born in Ceuat in 1929, March 15. and died in Madrid in 2008 on October 28.
His father was Francisco Lopez Cacao "Carrion de Mairena", and his mother Adela Arenas Romero; grandnephew of the cantaor "Cancuna".
Antonio Arenas grew up with flamenco, at his father home he learns about flamenco, and with 13 years old he recorded for the first time. Conchita Piquer, Manolo Caracol, Manolo el Malagueño and Juan Valderrama are the first ones to help him.
He was the first "tocaor" in "La Villa Rosa" of Madrid and then performed in tablaos and particular parties.
He was the first to accompany Camaron de la Isla on a disc. After that he went to Argentina for six months, then he came back to Madrid. In "El Corral de la Moreria" he will work for 5 years.
In the 60s he get sick and to help him and collect moeny the artists payed a tribute to him in "El Circo Price".
Along his career he accompanied a lot of cantaores like "El Almendro" "Elu de Jerez", "La Macanita", "Tina Pavón",  "Pansequito", "José Mercé", "José Menese", "Chano Lobato", "Chocolate", "Vicente Soto", "Rancapino", "Carmen Linares", "Camaron de la Isla" "Alejandro Sanz" or "El Lebrijano" among others. He also worked a lot of years for the different tablaos in Madrid. He gave classes and conferences about flamenco until his last days.

Antonio Soto Arjona, "Antonio Soto",

Antonio Soto Arjona, also known as "Antonio Soto", born in 1966, December 2. in Barcelona. Coming from a flamenco family from Malaga. Among his family: "La Pirula" and "La Cañeta".
With 14. he started his tour around the Arabic Emirats and Jartum in Sudan, with Juana Ximenis, disciple of Carmen Amaya. In 1982 he worked in tablaos "Los Tarantos", "El Cordobes" and "La Venta del Gato" in Madrid. In 1983 he worked as a guitarist for Antonio Salas, first dancer for the Antonio Gades company.
From 1985 he is the official guitarist of the "Torre del cante" Peña in Alhaurin de la Torre, in Malaga. He also accompanied Jose Merce, Camaron de la Isal, Aurora Vargas and other great artists.
Now he is the guitarist of the master Antonio Fernandez Diaz "Fosforito" and of the cantaor Manuel de los Santos "Agujetas". His last artistic presentation was the recording of a CD calle "Pa'er teto".

Awards:
1992: Premio Nacional de Guitarra en Alhaurín de la Torre.
2001: Premio Nacional de Córdoba, accompaniment "Juan Habichuela"
2002: 1er. Premio Bordón Minero Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas de La Unión Murcia.


Daniel Borja Casares

Daniel Borja Casares, born in the city of Estepona, in Malaga, in 1980. With eight years old he begun his professional career with a collective record called "A la Guitarra Estepona".
He is an aritst mixing traditional flamenco with grooving sounds from the Latin Jazz. Fresh and funny, the show of Daniel Casares is for all kind of audience. Virtuous of improvisastion and very sensuel in the technique.

Records: 


Duende Flamenco 1999.
La Madrugá 2001.
Corazón de Tu Alma 2004.
Caballero 2007.

Diego Flores Amaya Arriate, "Diego el Gastor"

Diego Flores Amaya Arríate, also known as "Diego el Gastor", born in Malaga in 1908, died in Moron de la Frontera, in Sevilla, in 1973.
He lived in El Gastor, in Cadiz when he was a kid and then he moved to Moron de la Frontera. His teachers there were Pepe and José Naranjo Solis. His artistic career developped during parties, a few times only in public shows.
But the most important thing is not his playing but how it does that. Diego has the heart, the talent of turning the dullest falseta into a real network until he catched the purest essence of this art expression. This is not only a downpour of notes but an expressive combination of music and soul.
The same year he died, in 1973, the "Cátedra de Flamencología y Estudios Folklóricos Andaluces de Jerez de la Frontera" gave him the National Award of Flamenco.
In Moron de la Frontera a street got his name and in July 13, in Malaga, they inaugurated a monument in the Jardines de la Alameda.

Francisco de Asis Tarrega y Eixea, "Francisco Tarregas"

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea, also known as "Francisco Tarregas", born in 1852, November 21. in Villareal Castellón and died in 1909 December 15.
His father was Francisco Tárrega Tirado, his mother was Antonia Eixea Broch, they worked as dometsics for the "Madres Clarisas".
When he was young he escaped from his baby sitter and fell in an irrigation canal, the shock damaged his eyes for ever. His father thougth he could loose his sight and decided to move to Castellon to be able to offer him music classes in order to have an office in case of being blind.
His first teacher was Eugenio Ruiz and Manuel Gonzalez, also known as "El ciego Marina", both blind.
In 1862 the soloist Julian Arcas heared him playing guitar and encouraged the family to send him to Tarregas, Barcelona, to improve his music studies.
The family financial situation was not in good moments and to help his family Francisco offer concerts in the neighboring villages and he obtained a pianist position in the "Casino de Burriana". Antonio Canesa, a rich businessman, payed him the trip to Madrid in order that he studied in the "Conservatorio Nacional de Musica".
This is when his teacher Arrieta recommended him to pulled out his piano career and to devoted his time to the guitar. During the winter 1880 Tarregas replaced Luis de Soria for the concert Novelda in Alicante and he met his future wife there, Maria Rizo.
The couple moved to Madrid and had their first daughter, Maria Josefa. She died after a few days, and they moved to Barcelona.
In Valencia he met a woman who will have an influence on his career: Concha Martinez, rich and widow. She is like his artistic protection, lending a house in Sant Gervasi (Barcelona). There, Tárrega composed most of his best works.
Tarregas is a sensitive and warm person and very shy, he always prefered small concerts and this is a fiancial problem for him.
In January 1906 he suffered a hemiplegia that paralyzed the left side of his body. This long illness let this family wihtout money and his friends arranged some concerts to raise money.
He recovered and started a new tour in October 1908. He went back to Castellón and on December 3. he felt bad and he came back to Barcelona. In 1909, December 15. he died in his house of Valencia street.

Francisco Sanchez Gomez, "Paco de Lucía"

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Francisco Sánchez Gómez, also known as "Paco de Lucía", born in Algeciras, Cadiz, in 1947, on December 21.
His parents were Antonio Sánchez Pecino from Algeciras and Lucia Gómez from Portugal. He received his artistic name because of his mother. When he was young the persons of his neighborhood called him "Paco de Lucia". His first guitar teachers were his father and his brother Ramón. His father learned guitar with Manuel Fernández "Titi Marchena", cousin of Melchor Marchena.
With his brother "Ramón de Algeciras", also a professional guitarist, they formed a group during a few years. He accompanied him on some recordings although each of them were bulding their own careers.
In the middle of the sixties he met "Camarón de la Isla", they experienced an extraordinary musical chemistry and they recorded 10 discs together between 1968 and 1977.
"Paco de Lucía" is influenced by two schools: "Niño Rocardo" and "Sabicas". "Niño Ricardo" is the convergent combination of the classical flamenco guitar and the modern guitar. And Sabicas extended the flamenco guitar technic: the three fingers "rasgueo" and the "alzapua" in only one string. Sabicas had an extraorindary technic with a deep sonority. Sometimes they played without microphone, due to the strong beat and the huge quality of his compositions.
The best contribution of "Paco de Lucía" for the flamenco is making this art international and popular. We consider him like a spendid performer because of his personality. His rhythm is strenuous and rhythmical.
He received a lot of awards along his life, and we cannot enumerate all of them, just a few: "premio nacional de Guitarra de Arte Flamenco", the "medalla de Oro al Mérito de las Bellas Artes" (1992), the "Distinción Honorífica de los Premios de la Música" (2002) and the "premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes" (2004).
One of his passions are the diving and the football (soccer), and we he is in Madrid he should be in "Casa Patas" or "El Candelas".


Partial records:

Los Chiquitos de Algeciras in 1961, with Pepe de Lucía.
Dos Guitarras Flamencas in 1965, with Ricardo Modrego.
Doce Canciones de García Lorca para Guitarra in 1965, with Ricardo Modrego.
Dos Guitarras flamencas en América Latina in 1967, with Ramón de Algeciras.
Canciones Andaluzas para dos guitarras in 1967, with Ramón de Algeciras.
La fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucía in 1967.
Doce Hits Para 2 Guitarras Flamencas in 1969.
Hispanoamérica in 1969.
Fantasía Flamenca in 1969.
Recital de Guitarra in 1971.
Con Los 7 de Andalucía in 1971.
El Mundo del Flamenco in 1971.
El Duende Flamenco in 1972.
Fuente y Caudal in 1973.
En vivo desde el teatro real in 1975.
Almoraima in 1976.
Interpreta a Manuel de Falla in 1978.
Castro Marín in 1981.
Friday Night in San Francisco in 1981, with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.
Sólo quiero caminar in 1981, The Paco de Lucia Sextet.
Passion, grace and fire in 1983, with Al Di Meola y John McLaughlin.
Live... one summer night in 1984, Paco de Lucia Sextet.
Siroco in 1987.
Zyryab in 1990.
Concierto de Aranjuez de Joaquín Rodrigo in 1991.
Live in América in 1993, Paco de Lucia Sextet.
The guitar trío in 1996, with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.
Luzia in 1998.
Esta Es Mi Historia in 2002.
Nueva Antología Edición conmemorativa del Premio príncipe de Asturias in 2004.
Cositas Buenas in 2004.

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