Francisco Lara Puerto (Paco Lara) is an acclaimed flamenco guitarist from the authentic cradle of Flamenco that is Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Born into a family of flamenco aficionados. At just 16 years of age, Paco began working professionally as a flamenco guitarist with his brother, the singer José Lara, recording 2 albums and touring extensively. Paco was also teacher and promoter of his younger brother, Santiago Lara, who won 1st prize in La Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla (2000), Spain’s most prestigious guitar competition.
Embodying the unmistakable and genuine Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing, Paco has toured Internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero, one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers.
Paco has also been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion with hugely successful bands such as El Barrio (from 2000 to 2003) and Los Delinqüentes(from 2007 to 2011)
Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist, Paco is also revered for his ability as an accompanist in the specialised world of flamenco singing (Cante). This is evident in his having recorded and performed for years with Flamenco’s most significant artists including:
Beni de Cádiz
Juan Moneo “El Torta”
Miguel Flores “El Capullo de Jerez”
Tomasa Guerrero “La Macanita”
Jose de los Camarones, etc
As an accompanist to flamenco dance (Baile), Paco has participated in many European tours with famed flamenco dancer Mercedes Ruiz from Jerez, in her concerts:
“Dibujos en el Aire”, “Gestos de Mujer” and “Perspectivas”.
The latter was awarded the “Critics Choice” at The Festival de Jerez in 2011 and this project has been represented in prestigious programs and festivals across Europe including:
“Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba” Córdoba - Spain (July 2012)
“Festival Plaza Flamenca”, Beziers - France (July 2012)
“Teatro Compac Gran Vía Madrid” Madrid - Spain (August 2012)
“Fiesta de la Bulería de Jerez” Jerez - Spain (September 2012)
“Bienal de Sevilla” Seville - Spain (September 2012)
“Casa de la Música Moscow” Moscow - Russia (March/2013)
“Festival Flamenco” St.Petersburg - Russia (March/2013)
“October Festival Munich” Munich - Germany
Paco Lara has toured with the principal figure of The Copla Española Isabel Pantoja to Chile & Peru (March/2017).
Since September 2017 Paco has called Australia home. Paco has been performing around the country with different dance artists as well as flamenco and jazz guitar players. Alongside Australian flamenco guitarist Damian Wright, Paco recently performed at the Sydney Guitar Festival.
Paco performed at the “Festival de la Guitarra Flamenca”, Jerez - Spain (July 2018), where he also was a member of the judging panel for the guitar competition section of the festival.