Paco de Amparo: Soleá, Seguiriya y Bulería!

This week on Solera Flamenca we will be showing you the tunes which Paco de Amparo offered in the «II International Contest Solera Flamenca (2022 Solera Award of bulería, Lebrija city)», which took place on 29 January 2022.

As you probably know, on each edition we invite a figure of flamenco guitar. This year we were particularly lucky to count on maestro Paco de Amparo, the best ambassador of Morón´s talent. He inherited this talent from his uncle, Diego del Gastor, who delighted the audience with soleás, seguiriyas and bulerías, which we are bringing to you now as a premiere for your enjoyment.

Francisco Zambrana Torres, a gipsy guitarist, also known as PACO DE AMPARO in the flamenco guitar world, was born in Morón de la Frontera (Cádiz) in 1969. He is part of a family with a long tradition of flamenco guitarists: Grandnephew of the legendary Diego del Gastor, grandson of Luis Torres Cádiz´s and Joselero de Morón, and also nephew of Diego de Morón and Andorrano.

It would take really long to go through the whole list of artists Paco de Amparo has worked with. However, we can remark some of them: Gaspar de Utrera, Nano de Jerez, Antonio Canales, Juana Maya, Luis el Zambo, Juan de Juan, La Susi, etc. In 1998 he started to collaborate with the singer Martirio. Shortly after, he became one of the main performers in his flamenco band, Son de la Frontera.

Paco de Amparo is indeed one of the ambassadors of Moron´s playing, a very particular one, rhythmically speaking. The strumming, along with the Hammer-ons and pull-offs are especially relevant, creating tunes and harmonies which can make the most reserved audience really excited.