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Diego Cortés

He was born in Barcelona in 1956, into a gypsy family with a flamenco tradition. At the age of 9 he made his debut with his parents in a renowned "tablao" in Barcelona. From the age of 10 to 17, he accompanies his parents in all performances, while studying all the flamenco "sticks".

In 1973 he toured the United States, highlighting his performance at Madison Square Garden, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

He returns to Spain full of new ideas inspired by jazz, funk and rock.

... his art!

For the next five years he shared stages and festivals with Santana, Ramones, Mike Olfield, Philip Catherine, Larry Corryel, etc. The summer of 1982, coincides for the first time with his myth, Paco de Lucia. He received the award of the eighth National Flamenco Guitar Contest of Jerez. In the second half of the eighties, he formed Iberia with Joan Albert Amargós, Salvador Niebla, Sergi Riera and Ginesa Ortega. They play in countless European jazz festivals, including the Montmartre Festival, Paris, 1988. In the nineties he made several international tours with his group Jaleo, which dazzles with its vigorous flamenco fusion in such prominent venues as the Mercat de les Flors of Barcelona, the Palladium of New York, the New Morning of Paris and the Rai of Amsterdam.

... his talent!

In 2001 he began his collaboration with Albert Pla, with whom he performed in the main Spanish rock festivals, such as Viña Rock and Espárrago, and also throughout Latin America. With his new group, Chispa Negra, he performs at the prestigious Jazz Festival in Vienne (France). In recent years, Diego has played on many stages around the world: from Argentina and Chile to Mexico, from Spain to Russia and throughout Europe.

The guitarist remembers with special gratitude the performances at the Palladium in Almaty (Kazakhstan), the Zenith in Paris and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

... his elf!




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