Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Spanish guitar legend comes to Iran


World renowned flamenco guitar player Paco Peña will give concerts in Tehran and Shiraz.

Sponsored by Navay-e Sarang Music Company, the concerts will be held on August 20 and 21 in Shiraz and on August 22 at the Sadabad Historical Cultural Complex.

After the concerts performed by the Flamenco guitar virtuoso Juan Cristóbal Martín in 2004 in Shiraz, the Peña performances will be the greatest happening in Flamenco in Iran.

The Deputy of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Torabi announced that the performing license for Tehran performance has been issued.

The performing license for the performances in Shiraz has not been issued as yet due to a delay in submitting the application for the license to the office.

Peña will also hold master guitar playing classes in Tehran and Shiraz.

Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba in 1942, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s he left Spain for London, where his flamenco recitals captured the public’s imagination.

In 1981 he founded the Centro Flamenco Paco Peña in Cordoba, and later become the Artistic Director of the Córdoba International Guitar Festival.

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has eclipsed common perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

adapted from:
Mehr News Agency

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