Ensemble Español
Luis Primitivo

Flamenco Guitarist

About Luis Primitivo

Luis Primitivo, flamenco guitarist, played in ensembles and as an accompanist in Chicago and on tour throughout the United States.

A resident of the Ukrainian Village neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, he died Nov. 5, 1993 in Cook County Hospital after a brief illness.

"He had a lot of soul and feeling," said Maya Tatiana Marzullo, who had performed with him. "He was not there to show off his technique, but to express the emotion and feeling of the piece. The music was important to him."

Mr. Primitivo followed an unusual course toward becoming a recognized and respected flamenco guitar player. He was born Lewis W. Christensen and was raised on a farm in Tyler, Minn.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied classic guitar, and then became a Peace Corps volunteer working in Panama.

His interest in Latin music led him to Spain, where he lived and studied with Pedro Bacan and Vincente Pena, two of the finest flamenco guitar players in the region of Seville.

For the last 10 years, he lived in the Chicago area. He performed with the Ensemble Español, Zorongo Flamenco, Carlota Santana, Jose Molina and other notable flamenco dance companies.

5500 N. St. Louis Ave Chicago, IL 60625. (773) 442.5901

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