Press release for immediate distibution

5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show

Global flamenco ambassador
Paco de Lucía receives
2011 Montreal Guitar Show Tribute Award

Montreal, Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Living legend Paco de Lucía is the recipient of the 3rd annual Montreal Guitar Show Tribute Award, created to recognize the incredible contributions made by the greatest international guitarists to the instrument and to music itself. Following Jeff Beck, who inaugurated this guitar “hall of fame” in 2009, and George Benson, last year’s recipient, it was only natural to choose one of the greatest virtuosi of flamenco guitar. Please note that the Paco de Lucía’s opening concert at the Festival is already sold out.

Paco de Lucía

At age 11, in his native Andalusia, little Paco de Lucía was already captivating audiences with the complexity and deftness of his guitar playing. His passion? Flamenco! “I am a flamenco guitarist. If I tried to play anything else it would still sound like flamenco,” explains the virtuoso. When he launched his solo career, he rubbed shoulders with great masters such as Mario Escudero and Sabicas, who encouraged him to find his own style. Which he does so well, and with a mindboggling freshness and virtuosity. In his early thirties, Paco met the great cantaor Camarón de la Isla. The two improvisational soul mates were a perfect match and virtually wrote the history of flamenco with each song. Together, until the singer’s death in 1992, they recorded 10 albums. A second legendary partnership added new dimensions to the guitarist’s career in 1981: performing trio with guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola, he recorded the album Friday Night in San Francisco, which still ranks among the top-selling instrumental guitar discs to this day. Since his first visit to the Festival, in Théâtre St-Denis in 1986, both his success and the passion of his fans have only grown, whether he performs solo, in a trio or in a septet. The illustrious guitarist, who illuminated the 15th et 20th editions of the Festival, returns this year to perform the opening concert, Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA, part of the Événements spéciaux TD series. SOLD OUT.

The MGS Tribute Award

The name says it all! The Montreal Guitar Show (MGS) is devoted exclusively to the guitar and everything related to it: the instrument itself, its faithful fans, the luthiers who give it life, and of course, the players who literally make it vibrate in their hands.

This year’s trophy was designed by Quebec guitar-maker Judith Laforest, whose instruments are known for their elegant sobriety, use of indigenous wood species and rich tone. This magnificent sculpted trophy draws on her expressiveness and creativity in the same breath to portray the birth of an idea. The dynamic energy of its form reveals the progression: at its base, the firmly rooted source of inspiration; in the middle, a nod to the roots from which it grew; and at the top, the burst of passion driving its fulfillment.

To find out all there is to know about the 5th edition of the MGS that will be held from July 1 to 3 at the Hyatt Regency Montréal, as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, visit the Web site at montrealguitarshow.com.

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