Photo: J. Manuel Alconchel

"José Luis brings the classic style of traditional Flamenco into the modern era with not only jaw-dropping technique, but with a depth of emotion that will cause a powerful awakening in the hearts of his listeners"

"Jose Luis trae el estilo clásico del flamenco tradicional a nuestra era, no solo dejando a todos con la boca abierta, sino causando un profundo despertar en el corazón de quienes lo escuchan"

Berto Boyd

President of the Corvallis Guitar Society, 2018

Biography

 

Jose Luis de la Paz (1967) is an award-winning guitarist, recognized in all three disciplines of the Flamenco Art. He is a composer, virtuoso and performer whose original compositions range from the most traditional to the most experimental forms in flamenco music. 

Following the oral traditions of the form, he became the prized pupil of the legendary Mario Escudero at the age of 15. 

In 1995 he appeared in Felix Grande's book "Agenda Flamenca" as one of the best guitarists in Spain.

He was the musical director and composer for the Ballet Cristina Hoyos for ten years (the star of Carlos Saura’s films) and has accompanied numerous famous Flamenco singers and dancers such as, Carmen Linares, Jose Mercé, Arcángel, Argentina, Manolo Marin, Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Concha Buika and Belen Maya among others.

While his practice is rooted in the traditional flamenco, Jose Luis’ work goes far and beyond the flamenco parameters, his music cannot be just labeled as flamenco, but as world music, this can be seen in one of his latest collaborations with the composer Colin Farish on his work "East of the Evening Star".

Jose Luis is an outstanding artist. His commitment to his practice, his profound knowledge of the tradition and the roots combined with the desire for research and experimentation, and his contemporary approach to flamenco music, gives Jose Luis a powerful potential to be considered as one of the best guitarists of today.

Recent Collaborations:

- 2014.- “The History House” with Niurca Márquez (choreographer) and “Resonances” in collaboration with Gustavo Matamoros (electronics) and Bistoury Physical Theater (film).

- 2015.- “Amor Brujo” with the LA Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, under the artistic direction of Siudy Garrido Company. In 2019 They revival the Falla’s work at the Hollywood Bowl.

- 2015.- Jose Luis debuted a Symphonic Work entitled "Avalon: Suite for Flamenco Guitar and Orchestra,” in collaboration with Alex Conde (arrangements/orchestration) and Berto Boyd (transcriptions).

- 2016.- US Artists Awards Nomination

- 2017.- “Concierto de Aranjuez”: Des Moines Symphony Orchestra (Joseph Giunta: conductor)                                                             

- 2018.- He created “Toda Ciencia Trascendiendo”, inspired on the Spanish Mystic Poetry by San Juan de la Cruz and Teresa de Jesus, and commissioned by Centro Cultural Español and Miami Dade Cultural Affairs.
- 2018.- Collaboration with Colin Farish in the cd “East of the Evening Star” and produced the cd “Tapiz” of Sephardic music and flamenco guitar for Susana Behar (singer).
-  2019.- Creating the Scores for the film “Finding Compás” by Kathy Douglas.

- 2019.- Premiere of his new work “Platero y Yo” (Platero and I, the famous book by Nobel Prized Juan Ramón Jiménez) in collaboration with Nu Flamenco and Koubek Center (Miami)
​-  2019.- Collaboration with LAPhil at Hollywood Bowl in a version of Amor Brujo, under artistic direction by Siudy Garrido.
​-  2019.- Guitar Concert in representation of Spain as part of the Europe Day by Spain Consulate and CCEMiami.

- 2020.- Inaugural Concert New York for Flamenco Festival.

- 2020.- Decameron 20:20 Project commissioned by Zorongo Flamenco. Music for ten choreographers over the world under direction by Susana di Palma (Minneapolis)

Jose Luis is co-founder with Niurca Marquez (choreographer/dancer) of Nu Flamenco Collaborative, an organization that aims to introduce US audiences to the cultural heritage of flamenco and its emerging artistic expressions. 

 

Discography:

Andalusí (1987) vinyl

Compilation Select (2003)

Memoria Andaluzí (2005) live

10X1 (2011) Grammy finalist

Escenas de Yerma (2016)

Collaborations:

Entre dos Barrios (1988) Coll. Jose Mendez

Besana (1987) Coll. Eduardo Garrocho

Tapiz (2018) Coll. Susana Behar

East of the evening Star (2018) Coll. Colin Farish