Paco Sevilla – Master Flamenco Guitarist
Flamenco classes in San Diego. Lessons in authentic flamenco-flamenco guitar, flamenco dance, or flamenco song-taught by a master who brings a lifetime of experience and expertise to helping you advance quickly in your chosen area of flamenco, whether it be guitar, dance, or cante (song).
Paco Sevilla has dedicated his life to the flamenco guitar. After living and studying with gypsies in Andalucía, Spain, for long periods, he performed widely as a soloist carrying on the tradition of such venerable masters as Paco Peña, Serranito, and Paco de Lucía. He appeared in nightclubs, on television, and on the concert stages of major venues across the USA, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston’s Town Hall, Tempe’s Gammage Auditorium, Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and San Diego’s Civic Theater.
Paco provided soundtrack for the Stephan J. Cannell television series “Stingray” and was featured extensively in a widely shown Mexican television documentary on bullfighting. As a dance accompanist, he has performed with many of flamenco’s top artists, among them the great Carmen Mora and master dance teacher and choreographer, Manolo Marín. He toured the Eastern United States and Canada with The Boston Flamenco Ballet, most of the states west of the Mississippi with Maruja Vargas, and Mexico with Musica y Danzas de España. His own dance companies have been acclaimed, with The San Diego Union placing one of his productions on a list of the ten best dance performances of the year, in competition with International ballet companies from New York and Russia.
Paco is also highly regarded as a scholar and flamencologist. His articles have appeared in Guitar and Lute, The Journal of Flamenco Artistry, Flamenco International Magazine (England), Sevilla Flamenca (Spain), and Flamenco (Germany). He also co-wrote the booklet for the CD collection, Duende, in collaboration with Spanish flamencologist Balbino Gutierrez and flamenco record producer Ricardo Pachon. His published books, Queen of the Gypsies: The Life and Legend of Carmen Amaya and Paco de Lucia: A New Tradition for the Flamenco Guitar, are fascinating accounts of two of flamenco’s greatest artists. Flamenco Dance: Secrets of the Professionals, is an in-depth instruction book for flamenco dance teachers and aspiring professional dancers, and Seeking Silverio, an encyclopedic historical novel set in the late 1800s.
Currently, Paco is concentrating on teaching and choreography.