On the Couch with Richard Tedesco

Richard-Tedesco-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Richard Tedesco?
A Flamenco guitarist, musician, father, husband, brother, with a lovely mother and father that enjoys good food and great wine with outstanding company.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
From watchmaker to boxer, whatever it would be, I’d try my best and enjoy it.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by the old masters I’ve crossed paths with, friends that have done good and done bad, and my family that is the moon, the wind and the sun.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I imagine making your immediate world as fulfilling as can be to those around you makes a difference for good in the world.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Zahara de Los Atunes in Cadiz has a special place in my heart and I’ve unforgettable moments in that beautiful part of the world. Madrid and Seville and especially that magic little barrio Triana have held moments that have marked my life with joy and experiences that could only happen there. I’ve also spent some time in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and am looking forward to seeing friends and family, devouring the incredible food and enjoying the fun in the sun.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
For 20 years my family had a flamenco bar in Johnston St Fitzroy which was a wild ride for friends and some incredible flamencos, musicians, film directors, and dancers. Once again three vitals for a good time: food music and good booze, were the background trio to all sorts of laughter and wit that only happens at night and the wee hours of the morning.

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Fitzroy: Melbourne’s First Suburb as part of the research and development of an album I’m planning to record. This suburb played an important part in my upbringing and my appreciation of my ancestral ties and its richness in culture. The album will be based on growing up in the flamenco scene at the Spanish Club in Johnston St Fitzroy, the different personalities, places and situations that encouraged and nurtured the art form in Australia.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m currently revisiting Potro de Rabia y Miel – an untamed bucking horse of rage and honey. A great flamenco album.

Happiness is?
Happiness is enjoying what you have, why you have it, when you have it and how you have it.

What does the future hold for you?
If I had that crystal ball, what a lot of fun we would all have. I definitely do however know I will be performing at the Adelaide Guitar Festival on 21 July 2022 with Arte Kanela Flamenco, sharing the stage with an absolute master of the guitar, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey. It will be an inspirational night.

Richard performs with Arte Kanela Flamenco as part of El Corazon del Flamenco at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday 21 July as part of the 2022 Adelaide Guitar Festival. For more information, visit: www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Richard Tedesco (supplied)