Performing Arts: Band, Musician
Latin Grammy award nominated guitarist and composer Sergio Lara began his musical journey at age 9, learning classical guitar and Latin rhythms with a guitar instructor and later on the music of The Beatles and many other artists in various styles like blues, rock, country, folk, bluegrass, jazz and flamenco, learning to play various guitar styles as well as other instruments like mandolin and 5 string banjo.
Sergio spent a few years in Nashville, Tennessee performing live and participating in various recording projects before heading back to San Antonio, Texas.
In 1989 Sergio Lara formed the instrumental guitar duo 'Lara & Reyes'. They performed flamenco-influenced Latin guitar music, blazing a trail in the genre and becoming very popular with acclaimed performances in both the USA and Mexico.
During their time together, they released eight albums (see discography) and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2001 for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for their 6th album "WORLD JAZZ". Their album "LARA & REYES" was released in 2006 and won "Best Latin Album" on the 2007 Indie Acoustic Project Awards. And in 2020 Fusion Acustica Music was pleased to announce the release of “Lone Star Guitars”, Latin Grammy Award Nominee guitar duo Lara & Reyes' last studio session, recorded in 2007 at “The Saloon”, Lara’s studio in San Antonio, TX. This collection of guitar duets, contains new versions from the majority of their albums and several unreleased gems. The historic date was filmed and recorded for what originally was going to be a DVD project. Various different guitars were used on the 11 tunes, plus extensive interviews with the duo, some family members and many other collaborators that were part of their career of almost 20 years.
All the performance video clips will eventually be posted on YouTube, including all the interviews.
Throughout the years Sergio Lara has played in various venues, including many private events, schools, jazz clubs and important concert halls in the US and Mexico, like "El Palacio De Bellas Artes" ("The Palace of Fine Arts") in Mexico City, and various music festivals like the "Jazz Tracks Festival" in Lake Tahoe, NV, "America Festival" in San Jose, CA, "JazzSAlive" in San Antonio, TX, "Catalina Island Jazz Festival" and many more and has shared the stage with many international artists like Al Di Meola, Julio Iglesias, Ray Charles, Strunz & Farah, Craig Chaquico, Larry Carlton, Bireli Lagrene, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Dr. John, Wayne Shorter and many more. He has also been included in more than 2 dozen CD compilations released around the world, that also include Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito, Gipsy Kings, Sting, George Benson, Dave Brubeck, Strunz & Farah, Ottmar Liebert, Egberto Gismonti, Oscar Castro Neves, among many others and has played in various albums by well known artists like Peter Rowan, Tish Hinojosa, and many more.
Now in 2023 Sergio continues his musical journey with different projects and plans to release a live DVD from upcoming concerts.
- A SELECT SERGIO LARA DISCOGRAPHY -
* ANTHOLOGY (2023)
* WILDWOOD (2021)
* THE INCREDIBLE LATIN GUITAR OF SERGIO LARA (2016)
* LIVE IN SAN ANTONIO (2015)
* SWINGING LOW WITH ROGER CUDNEY (2015)
* ACOUSTIC (2013)
* GUITARS & MANDOLINS (2012)
* SUNBURST (2011)
* CON LA LLUVIA (2004)
* FUSION ACUSTICA (1990)
* SERGIOLOGY (1983)
WITH LARA & REYES:
* LONE STAR GUITARS (2020)
* LARA & REYES (2006)
* WORLD JAZZ (2000) <LATIN GRAMMY NOMINEE>
* NAVIDAD (2000)
* RIVERWALK (1998)
* EXOTICO (1997)
* TWO GUITARS - ONE PASSION (1995)
* GUITARRAS HERMANAS (1994)
* THE HILLSIDE STRING BAND - THE NEW ONE (1981)