Valerio Licardi joined the Granada School of Guitar-makers. It is an honour to belong to the school because we are talking about the best guitar-makers in the world. The following video is proof of it.
Valerio has lived in the Albayzín for the last three and a half years. Formerly, he worked in his house in Sacromonte, until he had the opportunity of settling in the Municipal Cultural Centre called El Gallo, in one of the workshops aimed to promote the traditional trades and crafts.
Valerio is from Rome and, though he learned his craft on violins, his unique passion are guitars. “I love to work in the Albayzín. It is a huge source of inspiration” he points out. “I’m working on a different sound. It is the result of a combination of the local tradition and the Italian experience. I try to completely respect the tradition when I create a guitar, but I always add some basil and Italian mozzarella” he smiles with Italian irony.
“The head of the Granada School of Guitar-makers, John Ray, from Canada, and other foreign people like me are trying to join our experience to the traditions of the guitar of Granada. It will become a globalized item, in the best sense of the term, because we are joining many innovations whilst not forgetting traditions. The technique is always the same seen as I learned it here.”
Valerio is right. Most of the guitar-makers of Granada and their clients are from abroad. “In the last 5 years, I only sold three guitars in Granada.”