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The Spanish guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar, a benchmark for flamenco, died

The Spanish guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar, a benchmark for flamenco, died

Manolo Sanlucar (EFE/Roman Rios/Archive)

Spanish guitarist and composer Manolo Sanlucarone of the innovative guitar masters of the 20th century such as Paco de Lucía or Tomatito, He passed away this Saturday at the age of 78.confirmed to the news agency EFE sources of the Town Hall of his hometown, Sanlúcar de Barrameda (south).

From the age of 13 he accompanied singers of all styles and was a reference in the world of flamencoamong others, he played with classical flamenco figures such as La Niña de los Peines, her artistic godmother, Pepe Pinto, Pepe Marchena or La Paquera de Jerez.

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With more than twenty records, in 1988 he published Tauromagiaan example of the flamenco-bullfight union, dedicated to ten figures related to the world of bullfighting.

recorded together with Dew Sworn Y John Pena Lebrijano the first Andalusian opera, “gypsy gospel”, which he himself composed, performed, directed and produced.

Among his numerous performances, those at the Carnegie Hall Theater in New York in 1990 and his premiere in Japan of the symphonic work “Aljibe” (1992), with an excellent reception, stand out..

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Manolo Sanlucar (Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)

Manolo Sanlucar (Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)

participated in the II International Flamenco Festival of Paris in 2006 and two years later he performed, together with the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra, “the voice of color” at the National Music Auditorium, a work in which he paid homage to the pictorial work of the Sevillian artist Ressendi.

Considered one of the architects of new flamenco, among his main compositions stand out “Medea”produced for the National Ballet and adapted for guitar years later, or “Madness of breeze and trill”(1998), in honor of Lorca, as well as the symphonic work “Music for eight monuments”.

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He was also musical director of the film “Sevillanas” (1992), directed by Carlos Saura, with whom he collaborated again in “Iberia” (2005) and “Flamenco, flamenco” (2009).

Manolo Sanlúcar dedicated fifteen years to building his “audiovisual encyclopedia of flamenco” and, to do so, in 2013 he left the stage and spent seven years without playing the guitar, not even in private.

Among the many awards he received are the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2015) and the National Music Award (2000), the Extraordinary Honor Award from the Spanish Association of Critics of Flamenco Art, or the Medal of Gold of Andalusia, his native region.

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(With information from EFE)

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