Over the past few years audiences around the shire have faIlen in love with the music of Passion Flamenca – the wild combination of Paul Margolin and Sergio Navarro. Sadly this dynamic duo is coming to an end with Navarro heading to Japan next week to continue his musical odyssey in Osaka.
Seven chatted with Sergio on the eve of his farewell gig.
You play some pretty interesting instruments. Can you tell us about that?
I have been playing cajon (flamenco box) but now I’m trying hard on the guitar, and it’s not as easy as percussion, not at all. But I hope that’s enough to accompany my voice and make people enjoy and connect with my songs.
Why have you decided to leave?
I also heard that Japanese people are very keen and love Spanish music, so I’d like to see if that’s true and if I can have fun and make a living from it as I did in Australia.
I gained serenity, and more connection with myself. Still a long path to improve who I am and what I do, but happy with the experiences I had.
I came through a lot, and lucky me – I always had a friend to support me and listen to me.
Australia gave me the opportunity to grow in freedom and not attached to any Spanish music structures or patterns. I created my own style and started writing my own songs. I find that fascinating and a bigger step ahead in the music world.
The land, the weather, the surf, the nature, the feeling of space… it is going to be so difficult to leave all this behind, but it’s something I need to do to confront my fears and know were I’m standing and what my possibilities are as a musician.
How can people stay in touch with your music?
Well, if you go to Temple Byron website you will find a link that leads to Passion Flamenca. In there you will find our music to listen to or to download – all covers from Spanish bands.
I haven’t recorded yet an album with my own songs but it’s in progress and I hope one day I can come back here and share it with all these amazing people who supported what I did for so many years. I really appreciate their love for and interest in the music.
Catch the last Passion Flamenca gig ever at Kulchajam this friday March 7.