During the first fortnight of July, Cordoba becomes “guitar city”. This festival in honour of the guitar has gained international fame thanks to the quality of the performers that take part, and it has become a point of reference for all guitar lovers and enthusiasts.
The Festival, which celebrates its 32th birthday in 2012, enjoys a deserved national and international reputation amongst guitar aficionados due to the calibre of the performers and teachers who participate.
The Festival features two complementary parts:
Firstly, the TUITION PROGRAMME with workshops and Master Classes on guitar construction, early and classical guitar, flamenco, contemporary and modern guitar, classes in composition for guitar and flamenco dancing and singing classes.
Secondly there is the PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS AND SHOWS, which take place in some of the city’s most emblematic venues and which make a night in Córdoba a real pleasure.
Many great names of flamenco guitar have frequented the Córdoba Festival, including Paco de Lucía, Paco Peña, Manolo Sanlúcar, Vicente Amigo, Sabicas, José A. Rodríguez , Paco Serrano, and Tomatito amongst others.
However, the flamenco guitar is not the only star; other favourites that enhance the line-up are jazz and modern guitar, and have included such legendary names as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Pat Metheny, Bob Dylan, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, John Fogerty, The Pretenders, John Mayall, Larry Coryell, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Toquinho, Raimundo Amador, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and many more.
Classical and early music are also represented in the Festival programme and have included some of the finest performers of these genres (Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Leo Brouwer, Dúo Assad, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Cuarteto Los Romero, Costas Cotsiolis, Philippe Donnier, Rolf Lislevand, Paul O´Dette, Hopkinson Smith, Kazuhito Yamasita, Roland Dyens, David Russell, Ricardo Gallén, Stefano Grondona…).
And finally, the guitar gives us an excuse to host numerous shows, concerts, cinema screenings, exhibitions, book publication, study days on the History of the Guitar and conferences.
More information: Cordoba Guitar Festival official website.
Category: Spain festivals