This is an excerpt of the article written by By Richard Cornish for the Age and published on 13/07/2018
Thomas Lorenzo’s family fled the oppression of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s iron fist in the 1950s. They arrived in Australia, where they raised their son Thomas, who fell in love with the classical guitar of his birth country. He learned traditional flamenco songs that his family and other members of the Spanish diaspora kept alive in Melbourne. When Franco died in 1975 the Lorenzo family returned to Spain, where Thomas Lorenzo, Flamenco Guitarist, continued his guitar studies, growing in expertise and acclaim. In 2012 he returned to live in Carnegie where he has a teaching academy and music production studio. Next week he is playing at the Armadale Uniting Church, a beautiful historic building with excellent acoustics. There, Thomas Lorenzo Flamenco Guitarist will perform, along with vocalist Angel Mellado, the traditional style of flamenco that was kept alive in Melbourne during Franco’s fascist reign.
Flamenco guitarist Thomas Lorenzo.
Armadale Uniting Church, 86 Kooyong Rd; Fri 20 July 7pm;
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