All about Palau Dalmases’ Flamenco box drummer: Lucas Balbo
We have already introduced you to our dancers, one of our guitarists on our flamenco blog and today it’s time for you to meet the flamenco percussionist of Palau Dalmases who sets the rhythm very well on stage and who always has a smile for to the audience while he plays the “cajón flamenco”: Renzo Lucas Balbo. If you haven’t seen him live yet, we recommend you get your ticket for the Palau Dalmases flamenco show in Barcelona.
But before that, what is the cajón flamenco?
Many visitors to Palau Dalmases are surprised to see this instrument. The “cajón flamenco” (or flamenco box drum) is a musical instrument of Peruvian origin. The well-known flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía incorporated it into flamenco in 1977 when he heard it on one of his tours in Latin America. Its sober sound fitted perfectly and helped him to set the rhythm. Since then, the cajón has been a key instrument in flamenco shows in Barcelona and the rest of Spain.
Do you want to know more? Check our whole article about the history of cajón flamenco
Lucas Balbo: Flamenco percussionist in Barcelona
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1988, he began his path in percussion first as a self-taught musician and then through knowledge, advice and experiences with cajón flamenco masters like Israle Suarez (Piraña), Lucky Lozada, Isaac Vigueras, and Sergio Martínez. He also learnt Afro-Peruvian percussion with Huber Reyes (Peru), Afro-Cuban with Julio Morales (Argentina) and Afro with Cheik Gueye (Guinea).
Already in his professional career he had the honour of working with leading flamenco figures such as La Farruca, Eva Yerbabuena, Marco Flores, Karime Amaya, Pol Vaquero, Familia Morente, Grupo Babel, José Manuel Alvarez, Costi el Chato, Montse Cortes, Piraña, among others.
Trajectory of Lucas Balbo in Spain and Europe as a flamenco percussionist
Not only was he able to grow professionally in Spain, but he was also able to show his art at festivals such as Flamenco Festival Esch (Luxembourg), and in prestigious venues such as Théâtre de la Ville, Peña Copas y Compás (France), MNAC, Auditorio SGAE, Teatre principal de Barcelona, Flamenco Ramblas, Palau Dalmases, among others.
Finally, as a teacher, he gave workshops in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Burdeaux (France), “Paca García” School and “Teo Barea” Dance and School V. Longobardi (Italy).
Since he is part of the flamenco crew of Palau Dalmases, he brings his sympathy and energy on to all the artists and that makes him a verly loved member both onv stage and off.
When Lucas plays the cajón he transmits its strength, rhythm and energy that will make you want to stand up and applaud him at the end. If you haven’t seen him in action yet, we invite you to come and see him at a flaming performance at the Palau Dalmases! You also can follow him on Instagram.