Manolo Sanlúcar, guitarist and composer, was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), a town by the seashore, where the Guadalquivir River ‘says farewell’ to Andalusia.
Initiated by his father “el tocador” (the guitar player) Isidro Muñoz, Manolo learned to passionately love the guitar. Very quickly, he assimilated its art and perfected it to the extent of becoming one of the best performers of the present time.
At the age of 12, he made his debut as a professional, and at the age of 18, putting aside the fashionable flamenco, he began to investigate and shape his unique conception and interpretation of flamenco music, gradually reinforcing himself, not only as a privileged instrumentalist, but also as a composer. A musician from the sensitive and lively people, faithful to the cultural heritage and to the precise call of the contemporary.
Manolo Sanlúcar belongs to that small group or artists upon which nobody doubts when coming to acknowledge their talent. Gifted with an exceptional musicality and a technique out of the ordinary, each of his recitals becomes a superb lesson in guitar, expertise and art.
His astonishing technique, which never loses contact with improvisation and the direct spiritual communication with flamenco style, doesn’t make of virtuosity a goal in itself, but praises it to convey deep emotional qualities.
“Trebujena”, guitar and orchestra concert in RE MAJOR, opened a new door to flamenco in the path of classical music and set up a full composite revelation, starting from the flamenco roots.
His “Medea”, composed for the Spanish National Ballet, was performed all over the world gathering success.
“Tauromagia”, is a musical journey that the composer undertook through the world of bullfighting. Themes where guitars and voices (a choir of strings, metals and percussion) keep threshing, note by note, the history of the art of the fighting, from the birth of the bull in the meadow (‘Nacencia’) to the triumphal appearance of the bullfighter through the big door (‘Prince’s Gate’), follow harmoniously linked the moments of hope, fear, happiness, death and glory that come into the fiesta.
On May 20th, 1992, he premierd in Malaga his symphonic poem “Aljibe”, a flamenco symphony for guitar, symphonic orchestra, male and female voices and percussion. The concert was with the Orquesta Ciudad de Málaga, conducted by Enrique García Asensio.
Manolo was the Musical Director of the film “Sevillanas” by Carlos Saura.
By request of the Malaga University, he composesd and performed the soundtrack of the “La Enciclopedia Electrónica de Andalucia”, presented at the pavilion of Andalusia at the Expo 92.
He is the composer of the Japanese documentary soundtrack about the Romería del Rocío, titled “Viva la Blanca Paloma”. The music was recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Manolo Sanlúcar himself.
In November 1997 he was nominated as a member of the Real Academia Provincial de Bellas Artes de Cádiz.
Recital Flamenco (Marfer, 1969)
Inspiraciones (Vergara, 1970)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca Vol. 1 (CBS, 1971)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca Vol. 2 (CBS, 1973)
Mundo y Formas De La Guitarra Flamenca. Volumen 3 (CBS, 1973)
Sanlucar (CBS, 1975)
King Of Flamenco Guitar (Columbia Masterworks, 1975)
Sentimiento (CBS, 1976)
Fantasia Para Guitarra y Orquesta (RCA Victor, 1978)
Y Regresarte (A Miguel Hernández) (RCA Victor, 1978)
Guitarras Flamencas/ Bailes Flamencos (Marfer, 1978)
Manolo Sanlúcar En Japon (RCA Victor, 1979)
Candela (RCA Victor, 1980)
Azahares (RCA Victor, 1981)
Al Viento (Polydor, 1982)
Tauromagia (Polydor, 1988)
Locura De Brisa y Trino (Mercury, 2000)