Gustavo Alonso López is a North American flamenco guitarist currently living in Sevilla, Spain. His music is grounded in traditional flamenco and incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and world music. His 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.
Initially self-taught, Gustavo has refined his playing with several of North America’s top players, including New Mexico’s Calvin Hazen. In spring of 2014, he independently recorded Punto Lejano, a full-length studio album, at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA. The album was performed by a 6-piece, instrumental ensemble and consists of four long-form, through-composed pieces. It was released in summer of 2014 and is an ongoing project.
In 2017, Gustavo was awarded a Fulbright performing arts fellowship to pursue intensive flamenco studies in Sevilla, Spain, at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. Here he deepened his knowledge of flamenco under the tutelage of master guitarists Pedro Sierra, Pedro Barragán, and Paco Cortés. As part of his Fulbright work, Gustavo launched Palabras Flamencas (Flamenco Words) in early 2018, a website presenting a collection of interviews with Spanish flamenco artists and members of the international flamenco community.
Amongst a variety of influences, Gustavo’s main references include Paco de Lucía, Pepe Habichuela, Manolo Sanlúcar, Tomatito, Moraíto Chico, and Miguel Ángel Cortés. In addition to his love of flamenco, he is a fan of jazz, classical, rock, various forms of world music. He enjoys playing with artists from these different traditions. Born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, he spent ten years in Seattle before moving to Spain in 2017. Las Vegas, NV; Turin, Italy; St. Louis, MO; Barcelona, Spain; and Buenos Aires, Argentina, have all been called home at one time or another as well. 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