S4 Ep 11 – Memories of the Alhambra: In Conversation with Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

Music is a way for everyone to connect, no matter where they come from or what their beliefs are. Today’s guest Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is on the True Fiction Project Podcast to talk about why music and Spanish guitar is the perfect vehicle for storytelling. He discusses the difference between the guitar and Spanish guitar, and how even though they all may have the same six strings, and the same tuning, they all offer something different. He shares his stories of working with other musicians and how storytelling comes out of each piece, whether working alone or collaborating with others. Tune in and close your eyes to enjoy the piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of Alhambra in English) by the Spanish composer Franciso Tarrega at the end of the episode.



  • [2:45] What does Pablo mean by the statement “music and Spanish guitar is the perfect vehicle for storytelling?”
  • [5:25] Is there a difference between a guitar and a Spanish guitar?
  • [7:26] Does Pablo always have the opportunity to explore storytelling even when collaborating and playing with other artists?
  • [10:05] How is Pablo providing children with the opportunity to explore the magic of music?
  • [13:07] Pablo gives an example of what he means by storytelling through music.
  • [16:00] Close your eyes and enjoy hearing the piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra by the Spanish composer Franciso Tarrega.
  • [19:17] Enjoy another piece played by Pablo titled Asturias (Leyenda) 



  • [3:25] Music is an experience that we cannot touch, we cannot see, but we feel, and those are the experiences in life that are most transcendental, most profound to us.
  • [5:25] While all guitars have six strings and the same tuning, each instrument is related to a different kind of music because they have different features.
  • [15:07] Music is a way for people to come together and share stories, share about life, and connect on a deep level that connects to our hearts.

Fiction Credits:

First song: Recuerdos de la Alhambra by the Spanish composer Franciso Tarrega

Second song: Asturias (Leyenda) – Isaac Albéniz. Pablo Sainz-Villegas. LIVE at Teatro Mayor, Colombia


Sainz-Villegas is the “global ambassador of the Spanish guitar” (Billboard Magazine), a star who has brought classical music to millions of people from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to a floating stage on the Amazon River or Carnegie Hall in New York. He has been the first guitarist in 38 years to perform at the Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko. In addition, he has collaborated with artists such as John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma and played for world leaders as the Dalai Lama. Thanks to his charity work Pablo Sainz-Villegas has also been able to bring access to classical music to tens of thousands of children in Spain, Mexico and the United States.


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