Bandaluzia is a Sydney-based flamenco ensemble led by Damian Wright, consisting of a group of acclaimed musicians and dancers at the forefront of flamenco in Australia. Combining contemporary and traditional flamenco into a truly mesmerising display of explosive dance, virtuosic guitars, soulful singing, dynamic improvisation, masterful percussion, soaring violin and inspiring bass, embodying the passion, mystery and power of this remarkable artform.
Bandaluzia are revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America.
Bandaluzia flamenco is made up of: Damian Wright on guitar; Jessica Statham, dancer; Shenzo Gregorio on violin; Steve Hunter on bass; James Hauptmann, cajon/percussion and a special guest flamenco singer direct from Spain, Tony Montana Rodriguez.
Damian began flamenco studies with Robbie Varga in Sydney and then moved to Spain where he spent four years studying with some of Spain’s most-recognised maestros of the flamenco guitar. Jessica has been living in Madrid for the last five years studying intensively at the renowned Amor de Dios academy. Bandaluzia’s guest singer, Tony Montana Rodriguez, embodies the tradition and culture of his homeland’s music and performs with the captivating power of emotion so characteristic of flamenco singing.
Bandaluzia are known for their sellout performances in theatres across Australia and in 2011 were a headlining act at the International Gypsy Music Festival, Sydney and the Bellingen Global Carnival, NSW. Since 2011 the ensemble has also been selected for Musica Viva’s Countrywide Touring program. They are also revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, from the rich harmonies of jazz to the exotic melodies of the Orient and inviting renowned artists to the stage as guests in their performances. An experience that saturates the senses with the grace of flamenco.
Saturday at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby with doors open from 7pm and show at 7.30pm. Tix are $20 or $25 on the door. Go to www.kupromotions.com.au.