World Music & Dance
Manager: Tobias Tumarkin
Management Territory: North America
"Mr. Pena is a virtuoso capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid fire flourishes with a colourist's sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument" The New York Times
"If you only ever see flamenco once in your life, make it this!" Independent on Sunday, London
Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Named Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year 5 years in a row by GUITAR magazine, Paco has brought his flamenco around the world from The Royal Albert Hall to New York's Carnegie Hall.
Paco's newest show FLAMENCURA explores that elusive state at the core of the art of flamenco. Art in all its forms has the potential of creating alchemy . . . between an interpreter and the audience, transporting them into a mysterious level of emotion; a red-hot status capable of making them abandon any concern about who or where they are and just immerse themselves in the experience they cannot describe. Artists will use all the ingredients available to them from their musical discipline: modal zones, razor-sharp rhythmic patterns, spontaneity, which is vital for the music to 'live'. Flamenco performers never talk about it; nevertheless they are always in pursuit of the inspiration that will allow them to get there, reaching total involvement in the art and deep communion with the audience.
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