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PACO EL LOBO

Flamenco

Paco el Lobo transmits the fire that burns the devastated heart, the vehemence and grace of extreme emotions, the scars of despair. He lives flamenco.
LE MAGAZINE DU MONDE
Since the creation in 1979 of the Horizonte trio, with guitarists Navarro Puente and Hierbita, Paco El Lobo has been the leading flamenco voice in France. A voice on the way (album Mi camino flamenco, 2010), because the quest for the truth of flamenco singing is an endless journey.

Like a revelation, the vocation came to him from childhood and he learned the mysteries of the immense repertoire of traditional cante from the great masters of the genre, including Pepe de la Matrona, Rafael Romero and Juan Varea. His three records for Buda Musique (Grito, 1999; Afición, 2001; Mi Camino Flamenco) constitute a remarkable anthology, not only of the most famous fundamental forms (tonás, soleares, siguiriyas, alegrías, fandangos, malagueñas, tangos, bulerías....), but also much less frequented songs (jabera, farruca, caña, petenera, cabal, serrana, caracoles, mirabrás, mariana, cartagenera...). But far from being the curator of a mummified tradition, Paco El Lobo is a musician of his time, listening to a flamenco in constant evolution - it is one of the last learned vernacular music still very much alive in Western Europe. He integrates in a resolutely personal style a deep knowledge of the roots of his art and the contributions of more contemporary creators (Enrique Morente or Camarón), with an infallible musical intuition that he undoubtedly also owes to his mastery of the flamenco guitar, which allows him to perform alone on stage, accompanying himself. His insatiable musical curiosity has led him to collaborate with musicians from all walks of life: Sapho, Idir, Marc Loopuyt, Mino Cinelu, Bernard Lubat, André Minvielle, Marc Perrone, Thierry Robin... or pianist Racha Arodaky, for a Scarlatti ibérico program. The luminous evidence of Paco El Lobo's singing, which often borders on purity, owes nothing to anyone, except to the humility of a cantaor whose voice tirelessly explores the musical essence of each cante, without any superfluous virtuoso effect. But how many years of patient work have gone into the alembic to pass the sound flow of generations of flamenco voices, to filter and weigh each crystal of clarity meticulously, and to strive for this apparent simplicity.

With his accomplices guitarist Cristobal Corbel and percussionist Pascal Rollando, Paco El Lobo recorded a new album Flamenco, released by Buda Musique in February 2016. No need for learned keys to taste their music: all you need to do is "know how to listen", as flamencos like to say.

Claude Worms

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