Gustavo Alonso López is a flamenco guitarist currently living in Sevilla, Spain. His music is grounded in traditional flamenco and incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and world music. In addition to leading his own performance groups, he also performs in numerous other group settings, and works on select recording projects.
In spring of 2014, Gustavo independently recorded Punto Lejano, his first full-length studio album, at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA. This album is Gustavo’s strongest and most ambitious musical work to-date. The album was performed by a 6-piece, instrumental ensemble and consists of four long-form, through-composed pieces. In addition to the creative work, Gustavo led all logistical and production-related activities. The album was released in summer of 2014. The project is ongoing and new iterations are in development.
Gustavo’s fascination with music and the guitar began early, and he picked up the instrument in earnest at the age of 19. Starting on electric guitar, his focus switched to flamenco after a few years. His initial curiosity towards flamenco quickly became a full-fledged obsession, as he was enamored with the strength, depth, and complexity of the art form. Although primarily self-taught, he has refined his playing with several of North America’s top players. In 2012 and 2014, he attended the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, where he began regular studies with Calvin Hazen. In early 2017, he was awarded the prestigious J. William Fulbright award to pursue intensive flamenco studies in Sevilla, Spain, at the acclaimed Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. His primary musical influences are Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Pepe Habichuela, Manolo Sanlúcar, Moraíto Chico, Diego del Morao, and Miguel Ángel Cortés.
In addition to his love of flamenco, Gustavo is a fan of jazz, classical, rock, various forms of world music, and enjoys playing with artists from these different traditions. He was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, and spent the last ten years in Seattle before moving to Spain in 2017. He has also lived in Las Vegas, NV; Turin, Italy; St. Louis, MO; Barcelona, Spain; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gustavo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. He is a registered architect in Washington State, and was employed by LMN Architects in Seattle prior to receiving his musical research fellowship.
Photo by Mallory MacDonald