«Bolero wakes up my daughter so she can go to school»

Lucía Sánchez, graduated in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid, specialized in intellectual property. She is the daughter of Paco de Lucia and the guitarist’s first wife, Casilda Varela, she gets emotional when she tells us about the Foundation and the tribute ‘Infinito’; that was made to his father last July at the Teatro Real in Madrid. More than twenty artists came to pay tribute to one of the greatest artists that this country has produced. (John McLaughlin, Sara Baras, Miguel Poveda, Niña Pastori, Mariza, Farruquito, Farru, Jorge Pardo…)

– In a few weeks it will be one year since the Paco de Lucia Foundation was set up. How did the project come about?

– The Foundation is the best structure to channel and continue doing within our possibilities what he would have wanted to do. We have many projects and a lot of work. Now we don’t receive any grants, but we hope that in the future we will have more commitments. (www.fundacionpacodelucia.com)

– What are the objectives of the Foundation?

– In the foundation we have three legs. The dissemination of his legacy, the dissemination of flamenco, which is what he has always fought for. He wanted flamenco to acquire a great global dimension and be recognized because it has not been given the importance it deserves. My father was always very angry that we didn’t know how to appreciate what we had with flamenco. And we have the other leg which is Social Work. We want people who do not have access to study music from the Foundation to fight so that they can do so.

– Through Rosalía, Niño de Elche… young people see themselves as more integrated into flamenco.

– These artists and many others have been criticized for not being purists. But they do a flamenco that the younger audience is creating curiosity. For me they are great artists with very clear and well-defined concepts that help us spread flamenco.

– On July 30 at the Teatro Real, a tribute was paid to Paco de Lucia, ‘Infinito’, with more than twenty national and international artists.

– In such a complicated time we were surprised by the good reception this project had. They did not hesitate to be and participate in the tribute. As my mother said ‘That the tribute is held at the Teatro Real is a nod to the stir that Paco de Lucía caused there on February 18, 1975. It was a turning point, flamenco took on another category, it could enter the same venue as the classics , which was one of Paco’s great struggles: putting flamenco in the place it deserved’.

– Can you tell me an anecdote with your father?

– I have millions. But I remember a very nice one. I did not know what the size of my father was and on a beach in Thailand, a large group of people approached to ask him for an autograph, at that moment my sister Casilda and I said: how important dad is. But they had confused him with David Carradine and he signed as David…

– How do you deal with being the daughter of Paco de Lucía?

– With great pride and great responsibility. He has left us a legacy and we are obliged to continue it.

– Have you ever thought about taking the baton from your father?

– No. He always advised us to take other paths because comparisons would always be made and we would suffer a lot. We try to be the best in our professions.

– But he has inherited the love for animals. Lucía tells us about her two pets for which she feels weak. They have very peculiar names, Bolero and Caramelo.

– Yes. First Bolero arrived eight years ago, the same as my daughter Luzía. His godmother gave it to him the day of his baptism, and then Caramelo arrived, who is two years old.

– Bolero and Luzía will be very close.

.- Luzía is an only child and Bolero is her best friend. They have grown up together and do not separate: he wakes her up to go to school, they walk together and protects her a lot from her.

– Do they live in harmony?

– I adapt to my rhythm, I don’t adapt to theirs and the same thing happens with my daughter. They have learned to swim at the beach, get in and out of the car, they behave very well in restaurants. They are both very well educated.

– Have they crossed any red lines between them?

– No. Bolero is the boss and Caramelo, although she’s a bit of a badass, can’t bother him at any time. They get along very well with each other and when they visit my mother’s house, who also has cats and dogs, we don’t have any problems. But each one has its peculiarities: Bolero (bulldog) is afraid of noises and loves water. Caramelo (cavalier) doesn’t like water at all, although I think it’s because it scares him. He has very short legs. I hope next time Caramelo doesn’t mind being in the photos.

– Bolero lives up to its name. He likes music?

– He likes a lot. I am Malú’s cousin and she loves her music. I have noticed it.

Coexistence with several pets

– Prepare to live with several pets

– Make the presentations with a lot of patience and little by little

– Let everyone have their space

«Bolero wakes up my daughter so she can go to school»