Antonio Morales Nogués
was born in Monesterio, Extremadura. At the age of fifteen he moved to the city of Palma where he currently resides. Fascinated by the construction of instruments, Antonio Morales became a cabinetmaker at an early age, always making additional pieces such as chess pieces and musical instruments.
This interest in guitars led him to become a student of the luthier George Bowden in 1990. They worked together for many years not only as luthiers but also friends. Following Bowden’s death, Morales inherited his woods, plans, machinery and knowledge, which allowed him to continue making exemplary guitars and maintain the George Bowden Legacy School.
As a luthier, Morales has travelled to many countries, frequently appearing at conferences and in the media while making many instruments that are valued highly by internationally admired musicians from across the globe. In 2016 he was awarded the gold medal of the city of Palma de Mallorca for his work as an exceptional craftsman and luthier.
During the last years of Paco de Lucia’s life, Antonio Morales worked closely with the maestro to perfect “La Maestro”, the legend’s ultimate guitar.
In addition to the honour of being the last guitar maker to Paco de Lucia and the creator of “La Maestro,” Paco de Lucia’s last guitar, Antonio Morales worked on the setting of the instruments, which Paco used in his last work, Canción Andaluza. The guitar on the album cover is a guitar made by Antonio, a special commission from the master.
ANTONIO GIL composer and guitarist
Antonio Gil was born in Seville in Andalusia. He is now 46 and has listened to flamenco since he was a little boy in his parents’ house. It was when listening to Paco de Lucía playing Entre dos Aguas at the age of four that he discovered his love for the guitar. This was when he decided to learn to play this marvellous instrument himself. The guitar has become his life and he claim he cannot live without it!
Antonio studied Contemporary and Flamenco Harmony at Berklee and has been a professional guitarist for ten years. He is both a musician and a composer with a large repertory of his own compositions. He also plays works by Paco de Lucía and other flamenco guitarists as well as pieces by classical guitarists Albéniz, Tárrega, Bach, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Ernesto Lecuona, to name but a few.