ADL Guitar Festival: Flamenco Fusion

ADL Guitar Festival: Flamenco Fusion

The relationship between music and dance is one that enraptures the mind and body. Music takes us places we cannot get to via words; dancing moves us to feel alive and free. Paco de Lucia is someone who understood this to its core. Premiering at this years Adelaide Guitar Festival award winning documentary maker, Curro Sánchez, will present Paco De Lucía: The Journey.

This documentary explores the man who said “I was thought of as sacrilegious and now it turns out I’m a master.” What a quote. His uninhibited reinvention of Flamenco music challenged the Spanish Establishment and all that was thought to be Flamenco. Jazz and Classical weave their way in and out of this particular 12 beat rhythm fusion. Souls are lifted to the heights of tassled shawls thrown up, reaching for the skies.

With any great luminary spirit, paradigms are not only there to be broken, but shattered. What Paco brought out from deep inside his being has moved and inspired audiences since the 1960s. You do not have to be a fledgling guitar player to be inspired by the pure determination of this man. He shows us how to extract creativity and share it with a world who at first may have no interest.

Paco De Lucía celebrated contrast, abstraction and unusual pairing of musical chords. All at once he was sensitive and aggressive. The effect? exceptional. To celebrate this premiere and the fusion between Spanish Flamenco and my own love of Spain (see here, here and here!) I have teamed up to collaborate with the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide’s finest Flamenco Dancer: Areti Boyaci and Flamenco guitarist Werner at the elegant Ayers House.

The festival is on from August 11th-14th, come and join me in seeing this exquisite premiere!

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With special thanks to Ayers House for providing this incredible location, Areti and Werner for sharing their passion for Flamenco and to the Adelaide Guitar Festival for bringing such extraordinary music to Adelaide.

The Adelaide Guitar Festival is on from the 11th-14th of August, 2016. See more here!

Photographed by Joseph James Cassar

Styled and directed by Sophie Armstrong

Areti wears her own clothes, Sophie wears Storets White wrap shirt, Zimmermann skirt, Brixton Hat from Adelaide Hatters, Sombrero by Antonio Garcia, Seville and earrings by Lovisa.

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