Latin jazz pianist Chano Dominguez makes post-bop, fusion, and flamenco influenced music that often references his Andalusian roots. Born in Cadiz in 1960, Dominguez started playing flamenco guitar around age 8 before moving on to the piano.
In his twenties he formed the progressive Latin rock ensemble CAI who released three albums for CBS. After the group disbanded in 1981, Dominguez pursued a solo career. He quickly garnered several awards for his innovative mix of flamenco and jazz, including winning First Prize in the National Jazz Competition for Young Interpreters in 1992. A year later, he released his debut solo album, Chano and relocated to New York City. Since then he has released a steady stream of forward-thinking, cross-cultural albums including 1997’s En Directo, 2001’s I Si!, 2002’s Hecho a Mano, 2004’s Dawn That Dream, 2006’s Acercate Mas, 2007’s New Flamenco Sound, and 2008’s Cuentos del Mundo. In 2012, Dominguez released Flamenco Sketches, a re-visionising of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, and more.
Javier Colina is considered one of the best bassists in the current scene. He is a self taught bass player and has spent time studying the piano , accordion and guitar, of which all are self taught and learned. His career has led him to play with musicians revered in the jazz world such as George Cables, Tete MOntoliu, Chucho Valdes, Jerry Gonzalez, Perico Sambeat and Jorge Pardo. Apart from the jazz world he has collaborated with flamenco Musicians like Tomatito, El Bola, Pepe Habichuela, Diego El Cigala or Enrique Morente and has experimented with the Cuban sound, accompanying bass Compay Segubdo, Pancho Amat or Bebo Valdés in his Tears work Negras, or a week of performances recorded live on disk Bebo Valdesand Javier Colina live at the Village Vanguard in New York. He has also collaborated with Giovanni Hidalgo, Pat Metheny, Michel Camilo Toumani Diabaté and others.
He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work. He has published an album that mixed jazz with Cuban sounds accompanying Pancho Amat, master of three small Cuban guitars. Javier Colina has also performed with Colina Miralta Sambeat CMS Trioand and released two albums which were great commercial success. In 2010 Colina Serrano Project-disc was introduced, with harmonica Antonio Serrano were the fusion and Latin American rhythms were present. The most recent work was with the Catalan singer Silvia Pérez Cruz, a review of classic Cuban music, selected and arranged by the Navarre bass.
Daniel Navarro Munoz (born in Cordoba, on June 20, 1980) is a flamenco dancer and choreographer. It is difficult to classify him or to define his dancing, which defies any label and is charged with a power of expression that captures the audience in a mix of tradition and innovation. Daniel made first dance steps at the age of five and started taking lessons with choreographer Javier Latorre at the age of eight to go on to study at the Superior Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Dance in Cordoba, which he graduated from in Spanish Dance and attended up to 6th Year of Classical Ballet. Before embarking on a solo career, he was a principal dancer for several dance companies, including Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Cristina Hoyos, Aida Gomez, Los Ulen, Javier Baron, Ballet de Murcia and Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, and then started working with guitarist Vicente Amigo, pianist Chano Domínguez and cantaor El Pele.
When he was only twenty-one years old, Daniel Navarro was awarded the Prize “Mario Maya” in the Sixteenth National Flamenco Contest in Cordoba.
Among his most successful collaborations with Javier La Torre there are certainly the shows for Ambi-Valencias in 2000, Rinconete y Cortadillo in 2002, which won the Award for the Best Company and that of the Critics at the Festival de Jerez in 2003, as well as the Award for Best Choreography at the Seville Biennale in 2002 – and those for the show En el nombre de la Rosa. Navarro was also the protagonist of important performances produced by dancer and choreographer Antonio Canales: Ojos Verdes in 2003, Torero in 2004, and La Casa de Bernarda Alba from 2003 to 2005.
In the perennial search for new languages, Daniel Navarro, the artist of numerous expressive means, ventured in performing curious and unusual parts, such as those in the show Rincontete y Cortadillo by Javier Latorre, or El Conejo Blanco in a flamenco version of Alice in Wonderland, with which the company debuted at the Los Ulen Flamenco Biennial of Seville in 2004. He also played the part of Salvador Dalí in El Duende y el Reloj by Latorre at the Cordoba Guitar Festival in 2010.
In 2005 there came another award: Daniel Navarro received the prize “El Desplante” at the International Festival of Cante de las Minas.
His artistic career, however, does not remain confined within dance companies: there are a great number of artists who have fallen in love with his engaging steps and unparalleled expressiveness and who invite him as a soloist in their performances. In 2005 he started his collaboration with guitarist Vicente Amigo, which still continues today, performing in the shows “A Moment en el Sonido” and “Paseo de Gracia”; whereas the artistic relationship with Chano Dominguez started in 2007, when the pianist chose Daniel to be with him at the Vienna Jazz Festival – the stage that in that year witnessed artists like Pat Metheny, Concha Buika, Chucho Valdes and many others. In 2010 Daniel participated in the Festival Cervantino at Auditorio Nacional de Mexico DF, Guanajuato y Guadalaja with Dominguez and the Jazz Lincoln Orchestra of New York, where he performed in a show with Wynton Marsalis, Paquito de Ribera, Diego Urcola, Jared Grimes, Antonio Sanchez and Edmar Castaneda. Between December 2011 and January 2012, Navarro, together with Chano Domínguez, was the protagonist of the show Flamenco Sketches at 19th Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto, Italy, sharing the scene and the show with Michel Camilo’s and Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s groups.
Daniel Navarro also continues to develop his career as a soloist, performing in many European, American and Asian theaters and festivals. In 1999 he was invited to Liechstein Liguita Festival with such artists as David Rusell, Costas Cotsiolis, Jorge Luis Zamora, among others. For three consecutive years his performance closed the Festival of Machado Club in Luxembourg – with Bailaores 3 in 2001, Cortadillo Rinconete in 2003 and Un ramito de suspiros in 2009, the latter being his own production. A long tour of Japan in 2004 opened for Daniel the doors to Asian audiences, whom he conquered with the show organized by Iberia Teruo Kabaya, entitled Selectos Bailaores, where he performed with Manuela Carrasco, Juana Maya, La Tati, Milagros Mengibar, Enrique el Extremeño, Jose Valencia, Juan José Amador, Miguel Iglesias, Mercedez Ruiz, Rafael de Carmen and many others. He also performed with the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, with which he went on tour to Cuba in 2007, where his name, along with that of Cristina Hoyos, was entered in the book of honor of the Grand Theater of Havana Garcia Lorca. His brilliant performance granted him a special mention from the jury presided by Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso which annually allocates “Grand Theatre of Havana Awards”. In 2008 he took part in zarzuela El Bateo y De Madrid a Paris directed by Andres Lima. In 2009 he was invited to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam with El Viento – Vince Mendoza’s show accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra, the event in which such stars of jazz as Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Richard Galliano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Richard Bona, Chano Dominguez, Clarence Penn, BB King, Nina Simone, Victor Wooten, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum and many others took part. It is also in 2009 that his company was founded, with which he worked in the show Cálida Hondura and debuted at the White Night of Flamenco Festival and at the Theatre de Palma del Río in Cordoba and the Teatro La Latina in Madrid in the programme of Veranos de la Villa.
Daniel is in demand in cinema and on TV, too: since 1991 we have seen him in several important productions. It is in 1991 that the TV series Buscando a Carmen, where Navarro took part with Carmen Vargas, Israel Galván, Remedios Amaya and Antonio Canales, was released. In 2004 he collaborated in the recording of the soundtrack to the film El 7 Día by director Carlos Saura and music by Roque Baños, which was nominated for the nineteenth edition of the Goya Award and the Montreal International Film Festival. In 2006 he recorded a music video clip Tangos del Arco Bajo taken from Vicente Amigo’s album Un Momento en el Sonido. In 2006 we could also see him in a full-length film ¿Por que se las frotan patitas? by Alvaro Bejines, with music by Manuel Ruiz “El Queco”, Carmen Linares, and Ray Tomasito Mundo Amador. The year 2009 was rewarding too: Daniel registered the disk El Viento with the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam, conducted by Vince Mendoza, and with Rafael de Utrera, Esperanza Fernandez and Daniel Méndez, the work which was nominated for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Daniel Navarro also danced for the documentary Tiempo de Leyenda by RTVE, the winner of the “Los Angeles Latin Film Festival 2010” and of the Audience Award at the “International Festival In-Edit and Cine Documental Musical” in Barcelona. In 2011 he took part also at discography work of Chano Dominguez and the Big Band of WDR of Koln in German.
She is a dancer of young generation with a splendid technique and a strong personality, equipped not only with modern Flamenco but also with the Traditional Dances that really makes her perfect for this festival. She has been awarded at various International Dance Festivals held across the world. She has already worked on various projects done by CRN Production in India and has made herself well versed with the Rajasthani Musicians.
Mexican born dancer, Karen Lugo was awarded first prize in Almeria’s I Flamenco Festival, first place in Finland’s Flamenco Festival of Contemporary dance and third place as choreographer of the XVII Spanish and Flamenco dance contest of Madrid.
In 2009 she participated as a soloist in “Sangre Nueva, Jovenes Flamencos” Festival at the Teatro Español of Madrid, later that year she performed in the XIV Festival de Jerez, “Los Novissimos” edition.
She has collaborated in the show “Rojo y Rosa” of Agustin Carbonell “El Bola” as a dancer and choreographer performing in Festival “Suma Flamenca de Madrid”, Austria’s Flamenco Festival, and the Lara Theatre of Madrid.
Under the direction of Javier Latorre, she participated in the film “Flamenco Flamenco” of Carlos Saura, and as principal dancer in the show “El Duende y el Reloj”.
Choreographer and dancer in the ensemble Flamenco Roots in collaboration with Indian/Rajastani musicians.
In 2011 she presented “Flamencura” in Ramallah, Israel in collaboration with Casa Patas Flamenco foundation.
In May 2012 she was invited by Juan Carlos Lerida, to participate in an artist and residence investigation and creation in the Flamenc Empiric at the Mercat de les Flors,in Barcelona.
She has collaborated with the renowned group “Ojos de Brujo” in festivals throughout Spain and France.
She danced as a soloist in the show Dressed to Dance in the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall of Moscow under direction of Carlos Chamorro.
In November 2012 she premiered her show “Flamenco Territorio DeMente” in Seattle, which led to a U.S. tour in cities such as Olympia, L.A., and Washington DC.
In June of 2013 she performed with Jorge Pardo in “Suma Flamenca” Festival in Madrid.
With Israel Varela, she create Made in Mexico Duo, doing collaborations and tours with musicians from Dubai, L.A., Italy and Spain.
Agustín Carbonell “Bola” was born in a flamenco family, descendant of Maestro Sabicas. Since his youth he looked for new horizons for this Music, being one of the fundamental pillars of actual Flamenco.
“Bola” brought a new approach to flamenco music by adding features from music all around the globe while creating a jazzy atmosphere. His long travels through the world and his deep studies in Music’s from America, Africa, Asia and Europe has given him a unique sound.
The talent and unique style of “Bola” can be heard in his four records and numerous collaborations. With his last work “Rojo y Rosa” (“Red and Rose”) he assumes the roles of musical author director and creator to offer a different show full of pure flamenco expression.
Agustín Carbonell, El Bola (Madrid, 1967). Flamenco guitarrist, Composer. Agustín belongs to a family of flamencao tradition in attached to excel names as Maestro Sabicas, his father, the singer Agustín Montoya between many others. Following the flamenco tradition since childhood, with a strong linking to flamenco guitar and Music, at the age of 13 he started playing in small local companies and tablaos in Madrid. He started soon to accompany famous artists as El Güito (his uncle), in his international world tours and to participate in spectacles as ‘Cumbre Flamenca’ and ‘Flamenco Puro’, presented in Broadway and Hollywood, with great figures as Fernanda de Utrera, Adela la Chaqueta, Manuela Carrasco, Chocolate, Farruco and Los Habichuela, and many others.
He has crossed more than twenty countries, taking his Music to the five continents. He formed his own group and sound, in the wave of the new Flamenco. He completed his formation in the school “Taller de Músicos” of Madrid. At the age of 22 he recorded his first CD with the seal Nuba Records, named ‘Bola’, which was distributed by the German seal Messidor in more than thirty countries in the Latin jazz catalogue.
He also collaborated with Paco de Lucía’s band, with whom he records three CDs, and with many other Flamenco formations, modern music, jazz and dance companies. He has participated in discs as ‘Misa flamenca’, ‘Fantasía flamenca, para voz y orquesta’ and ‘Negra, si tú supieras’ de Enrique Morente, ‘Los gitanos de la plaza’ of Ramón el Portugués, ‘Las cigarras son quizá sordas’, ‘Veloz hacia su sino’ y ‘2332’ of Jorge Pardo, ‘Chano’ of Chano Domínguez, between many others.
Playing live, his toque has been listened in festivals as “Bienal de Sevilla” or “Veranos de la Villa de Madrid”, as long as jazzistic meetings as Montreal Jazz Festival or Festival de Vitoria.
In 1996 he recorded his second álbum, named ‘Vuelo flamenco’. A year later he travelled to Brazil, where he lived for eight years. During this long stance in the Latin-American country he collaborated with local artists, what allowed him to deepen in its musical culture and open a new stage of creation in his Music. In 2007 he recorded his third album, together with his countryman, Jorge Pardo. Under the seal of Rtve Música, they send “Desvaríos”. This work has been presented in various festivals obtaining a great success in the critics and the public.
Outstanding artists in Flamenco accompained by Agustín:
Antonio Nuñez “Chocolate”, Enrique Morente, Pepe de Lucia, Jose Mercé, Chano Lobato, Rafael Romero El “Gallina”, El Torta de Jerez, El Chato de la isla, El Chino de Málaga, Luis el de la Pica, El Cigala, El Potito, El Indio Gitano, Miguel el Rubio, Ramon el portugués, Guadiana, Juan Jose Amador, Remedios Amaya, Adela del Chaqueta, La Susi, Juana la del Revuelo, Montse Cortes, La Macanita, etc…
Bailaores and Bailaoras:
El Guito, Farruco, Mario Maya, Manolete, Juan Ramírez, Cristóbal Reyes, Antonio Canales, Joaquin Cortes, Joaquin Grilo, Javier Baron, Juan Andres Maya, El Toleo, Antonio del Castillo, Rafael Aguilar, Manuela Carrasco, Angelita Vargas, La Farruquita, La Tati, La Tolea, Carmen Cortes, Carmela and Lola Greco, Blanca del Rey, Sara Baras, etc…
Flamenco-Jazz and Flamenco-Pop groups:
Ketama, Antonio Flores, Ray Heredia, La Barbería, Jose el Frances, Juan Perro, Rosario Flores, Aurora, Jose Antonio Galicia, Chano Dominguez, Carles Benavent, Rubén Dantas, etc..
He has four discs in the national and international market. Su último trabajo, “Rojo y Rosa, Música y Baile del Nuevo Flamenco” has been presented in Madrid, Vienna, and in the Festival La Suma Flamenca of Madrid.
Agustín Carbonell may well be the flamenco guitarist who best knows how to handle himself within the Jazz infrastructure. Carbonell knows how to carry a rhythm as solidly as Tomatito and, further on, create delicate phrasing in the style of Phillipe Cattherine. (La Vanguardia)
He unites flamenco tradition and innovation with the genius of a select few. (The Land of Temptations – Milena Fernandez)
Since arriving in Rome, Varela has been one of the most in demand drummers in Europe, capturing the attention of the international music scene. But it is in the context as a flamenco jazz drummer that the gifted artist from Tijuana has revealed all his creativity and distinctive style. he has performed with multitudes of renowned Jazz, Flamenco, Classical and Pop artists including rewarding gigs with: Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Diego Amador, Bireli Lagrene, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Yo Yo Ma, Jorge Pardo, Bob Sheppard, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hiram Bullock, Abe Laboriel, Andrea Bocelli, Rita Marcotulli, Palle Danielson, Alex Acuna, Gary Willis, Pino Daniele, Kamal Musallam, Kai Eckhardt ,Montse Cortes, Raimundo Amador, Otmaro Ruiz, Carles Benavent, John Pena, and Rasha Rizk.
Born in 1979 in Tijuana, Mexico, Israel grew up in a family filled with singers, pianists, guitarrists and orchestral conductors. He began to perform in public at the age of five, singing and playing piano. Years later at the age of twelve he began doing gigs as a drummer with the best Tijuana local Jazz bands, and studied under Gonzalo Farrugia, and Andrei Tchernizev. A major turning point in his life happened in 1995 when his talent was discovered by the great Alex Acuna. At the age of fifteen he was studying in Los Angeles privately under Alex Acuna(1995-1998), and later under Dave Weckl (1998/2000) also privately. On 2000 he moved to Milan where he studied at the G.Verdi Conservatory. On 2003 he moved to Seville to explore all the demanding techniques, rhythms & harmonies of Flamenco Music under the great Diego Amador, Luis Amador, and Miguel Vargas.This became an important period for Varela as during this period he developed his own voice as a drummer and as a composer knowing the flamenco tradition and using his own original style to add to it. Currently he lives in Rome and is a member of the Diego Amador Trio(spain), the Kamal Musallam Trio(UAE), and Jorge Pardo quartet. His albums as soloist “Tijuana Portrait” (2008) and “Border People”(2009) and Zamar (2012).
Jose Manuel León – Guitarrista Flamenco
A native of Algeciras, he started playing guitar at 13 years old learning from his father, the professional guitarist, Salvador Andrades.
He has worked with artists and producers such as José el Francés (the Frenchmen), Niña Pastori, Alejandro Sanz, Pastora Soler, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Queco and Javier Limón. Also with the Gerardo Nuñez trio and Carmen Linares in Madrid’s Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) for the presentation of the CD “Un ramito de locura” (A little bouquet of madness), and also with flamenco artists such as Gerardo Nuñez, Carmen Linares, Rafael Estévez, Nani Paños, Joaquín Grilo, La Moneta. He was in the filmmaker, Carlos Saura’s film, “Iberia”, based on the figure of Albeñiz, along with the Gerardo Nuñez Trio interpreting “Almería”.
José Manuel León, the musician and composer, published his first CD “Sirimusa” in 2006, produced by BOST and the musician Pablo Martín Caminero.
The album made its live debut in the 2006 Sevilla Flamenco Biennale. Over the following period artists such as Carmen Linares and Encarna Anillo combined forces and collaborated on it in forums like the 2007 Jerez Festival and the 2007 “Malaga in Flamenco” and in their own concerts in countries such as Brazil.
After presenting “Sirimusa” at the Festival de Jerez 2008, he continues to work with artists such as singer Carmen Linares, while preparing a project linking Flamenco and jazz with Kike Perdomo, Martin Borja Barrueta Leiton; and other filmmakers, such as Roque Baños, and with the experimental musician Artomatico, the electronic version of “Sirimusa”. Currently they just released their latest social / cultural production, “Mujer_Klórica” with the singer Alicia Carrasco, Carmen Linares, Tommy, Diego Carrasco and jazz musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez, Kike Perdomo, Martin Leiton or Borja Barrueta.
Although young, Naike has a powerful, strong voice, reminiscent of the classical female flamenco singers from Jerez, Moron de la Frontera, Utrera or Cadiz. Her singing has a mature sound with an often haunting light timbre, a versatility and musicality that she demonstrates in all flamenco palos and other styles of music.
Born in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Naike was discovered and trained by the famous cantaora (flamenco Singer) “La Sallago”. She began performing in penas and festivals throughout Andalusia, where she later received awards for her Bulerias, Fandangos, Saetas, Cantinas, Malaguenas and Bamberas in various Cante Jondo singing competitions. On the back of these awards Naike was invited to study at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren in Seville.
Throughout her professional career Naike has worked and recorded with some of Flamencos most famous artists such as Manolo Sanlucar, Estrella Morente, Jorge Pardo, Jerry Gonzalez, Dany Noel, Caramelo de Cuba, Juan Carlos Romero, Gerardo Nuñez, Miguel Angel Cortés, Emilio Maya, Pedro Sierra, Belén Lopez, Rocío Molina o Javier “La Torre”, Árcangel, Rancapino.
Naike now lives in Madrid, where she regularly performs in theatres, tablaos like Casa Patas or Cardamomo, and in some of the cities most famous companies, touring throughout the world: Japan, United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Ukraine, Morocco, Mexico and Columbia.
Born in Cadiz in a musical family, he delved into the word Flamenco and Jazz from a very young age. His father, Chano Dominguez, immersed him into a wealth of musical talent with names such as Tomatito, Luis de la Pica, Antonio Serrano, Piraña and Blas Cordoba. Following this legacy, Pablo started training as a percussionist to then change path, choosing the guitar as instrument of predilection. After years of being self-taught, Pablo moved to Barcelona before crossing borders to London by the age of 21.
After graduating as a music technology specialist, he became more and more involved in London’s growing Flamenco scene and established himself as a resident guitarist at the iconic venue of Ronnie Scott’s. Pablo performed in shows throughout the UK, Spain, France and Dubai. Also, seeking to develop his skills as a music technician he worked closely with his father on his latest CD and on a production for the Spanish TV channel Antena 3.
A chance encounter with Ruben Perez and Davinia Banos led them to start the band ‘Jardares por Fuera’, that became one of London’s most popular Flamenco/Latin band. With ‘Jardares por Fuera’ he travelled and performed at many UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden, Big Chill Festival, LoveBox and Fieldview.
From one encounter to another, Pablo explore London’s buzzing music scene to its fullest, by joining different bands such as Mamanollora (bass), Trovador (guitar) and Maria camahort quintet (percussion). Broadening his horizons, Pablo also strums his guitar for Turkish band Djanan Turan and edges towards more classical music playing percussions for Maria Camahort Quintet.
On the side, Pablo also takes part in various initiatives such as Live Music Now and Breathe, Art Health Research; using his talent to strengthen his community engagements, offering live performances to those who would generally be excluded from this experience.
Currently Pablo continues exploring new genres and creative trends, while at the same time sticking to his musical roots of Flamenco and Latin Jazz. Honing his music technician skills, Pablo aspires to one day start his own project to make his music travel.
Javier Romero Flores “El Indio” born in Seville on January 28, 1980.
He started singing in Seville at age 10. Flores started his career working in musical groups such as Carmen, the Lupi, Torombo.
He completed collaborations with Bobote in Brazil, Rafael de Carmen and others in several tablaos of Seville (El Arenal, Los Gallos, el Museo del Flamenco etc).
He worked at the Tablao de Carmen in Barcelona and has sung with singers like Rubio de Pruna, Remedios Amaya, Montse Cortes, Rafael de Utrera etc.
He participated in the Festival de Manil with Potito, Duquende and Cabrero among others.
He also participated in the Festival of Torremolinos.
More recently he has worked with Falete.
Currently Flores is working in the tablao “El Arenal ” and el Museo del Flamenco de Sevilla.
Born in Seville in 1983 with Spanish-Dutch roots, very child he moved to live in Madrid where his career began in the world of music with violin and viola at the age of 7 years. It is dedicated to intensive study of Baroque music with Jose Torres, both as a soloist and concertmaster in orchestras of the Madrid region and nationwide.
Years later, with technical and interpretive baggage of classical music, the need to venture into other more creative improvisation level of development, including the Balkan Folklore, Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock music styles that applied to the violin and electric guitar (an instrument that also works alongside the violin). Many of these skills are acquired in the School of Creative Music in Madrid where he studied with great jazz saxophonist Bobby Martinez. He also attended several masterclasses with jazz violinist Christian Howes. It is the moment that develops a concept of musician “Fusion” correctly and collaborating with many independent artists of the genre.
The “flamenco” and “fusion” styles are currently occupying most of his work in tablaos and scenarios at national and international level on five continents with many performances accompanying many flamenco artists and companies such as Company Flamenco Vivo, Company Luna de Oriente, Casa Patas, Enrique “Piculabe”, Agustín Carbonell “Bola”, Bettina Flater, Gaizka Baena, dancers as Karen Lugo, Pedro Córdoba, Moisés Navarro, Lola Greco, Jose Maldonado, Paloma Fantova, and dozens of flamenco artists based in Madrid … plus usual in recordings with artists of the flamenco genre as a musician, technician or producer and also in many other musical genres …
Also works in the big world of gypsy music of Eastern Europe with various bands and artists have traveled to Hungary and Serbia to act in recitals and festivals of this genre and fusion lines.
He has worked for several recording studios in Spain as a session musician, technician and producer as are the recognized studies Film Art, and SXXI Studios addition to developing work as a composer, producer, arranger free-lance in Madrid to music in advertising and soundtracks for film and television.
He is guitarist and a singer who has a unique artistic personality, a personal and crazy flamenco technique. On August 4th, 1982 he is born with his twin sister with whom he kick started his musical career as a duo according to his point of view. Thanks to all the influences on him; which he described in his own words as the land on which he lives that nurtured him along with his art and music loving parents, Berk grew up under all these influences.
As flamenco, music, painting, poem, literature all get to him, he developed a certain higher sensation for them; in other words he found the reflections of his soul echoing in them. But apart from all of them came flamenco not because he chose; he said it came as a natural way of living, to him a call of truth that rather chose him. A truth that he can no longer be separated from, a truth he is following the wake of its shadow, a truth he got stuck to. His mother’s proficiency in Turkish music, along with his father’s enthusiasm for flamenco and Berk’s love for guitar are the biggest reasons behind his decision to follow his ambitions, in a way music was transferred to him genetically. His own parents couldn’t follow their musical ambitions and maybe it’s the reason why starting from his childhood he clings to flamenco with everything he got and intertwines himself with the music.
He was 9 years old when he started playing the guitar, an instrument which he describes as a bridge between him and the music, but it was long before he felt his connection to the music. As a constant part of his life he was listening to Camaron de la Isla (Cante), Paco De Lucia (toque), long before he played the guitar or sang a song. After all we learn to speak by listening. In this manner, he knew that the produced music was dependant on the vocabulary of the people producing it and that the music without a philosophy wouldn’t live. Flamenco was philosophy with music, a journey of thinking and feeling that never ends. In his own words, with his perception and feeling of art, he was a voyager, almost like a pilgrim on the path to truth, a path he walks on because of flamenco. This truth started to seep in to him beginning from Efdal primary school, and then continued with FMV Ayazaga Isik high school which he left for Pera fine arts high school to better seek this truth. After high school he went to Bilgi University majoring in sound engineering, but the calling that never ceased a moment get the better of him, and following this calling he left the college to go to Andalusia. In 2003 his application to the Christina Heeren Foundation located in Seville is approved, and in the first year he was initiated as an avanzado which means and advanced initiate.
He got to spend time with maestros like Manolo Franco, Miguel Angel Cortes, Nino de Pura, Manolo Sanlucar and this in turn strengthen his technique. These are what his heart wanted and he sated his heart. He found himself surrounded with brothers and sisters that he felt too familiar with and whom he calls “flamencos.” Andalusia and Anatolia were the lands which he treasured the most and these lands nurtured him. His endeavor to acquaint flamenco guitar with Anatolian people and also facilitate and encourage them to play flamenco guitar, lead to lute, baglama, oud, clarinet, zither and many more local instruments to be a point of interest in Andalusia. When the time came for him to return to his home, after he has done his military service, he got to record what is coming from his heart; and in 2007 this presented a Kirkuk folk song to the Latin world and especially Andalusians; Evlerinin onu boyali direk.
It was as if there were people who have forgotten or even who have never known that Central Asia originated lute and Middle East originated oud turned into the guitar we know in Iberia Isle by the hands of Ziryab, this track made sure they remembered or learned the truth about the guitar’s origins. Because the instrument is transported across the Mediterranean, the music and “makam” are also conveyed. After he composed and produced two studio albums, Kismet, 2007 and Iki arada, 2009 which are mostly vocalized by his twin sister Oyku, because he wanted to vocalize and record his songs, they decided to pursue solo careers after the second album. They each had a different story to tell, Berk wanted to continue on a flamenco as he started out, and in 2011 this left-handed guitarist recorded Yesari his third studio album, dubbing it as all the things crossing his heart. Yesari means something like a heart that is close to left side. In this studio album, he used the flamenco forms solea, buleria, alegria, rumba, tangos along with a track by Nina Pastori and her husband Chaboli’s, Valgame Dios, which is translated by him from Spanish to Turkish. For Berk art is to do something that is never done, and also never to repeat what you have already done. This is how Berk Gurman feels, the singularity of all the things that are different, the unity of things universal. Maybe it is not an easy road to journey on, but it is who he is, and what he loves the most; flamenco.
Gürkan Özkan, following his musical training with Okay Temiz, became one of the first graduates of Engin Gürkey Percussion School that opened in 2000. He has performed at various national and international festivals with diverse percussion instruments such as; bendir, darbuka, daf, conga, pandeiro, djembe and tabla.
He was one of the recording musicians for the School’s 2006 album “World of Percussion”. Özkan, had performances with Aşkın Arsunan and John Scofield during the 11th Istanbul International Jazz Festival in 2004 and in 2005, with Norvegian saxophone virtuoso Bendik Hofset as part of Aşkın Arsunan’s “Down to Earth” project. He performed Indian classical music at the “2006 International Caucasian Cultures Festival” by request of the Indian Consulate General. The same year he joined Süleyman Ergüner’s “Sufizen” project. In 2007 he participated the “South Indian Percussions Workshop” organized by Subash Chandran and Ganesh Kumar. Following that he became the student of India’s government broadcaster “All India Radio”s tabla artist Pt. Sandesh Popatkar. In 2011, he gave a presentation on the subject of “Tabla and Rhythmic systems (tala) of the music of North India to the members of the faculty at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Ethnomusicology Department.
Özkan, from 2008 to present has performed on stage as part of diverse projects in 30 countries from Portugal to India, from Russia to Omman, with several revered artists and musicians such as Pt. Prasad Khaparde, İbrahim Maalouf, Natasha Atlas and Keyvan Chemirani. Özkan is a percussion artist who managed to develop his own “style” blending the rhythms of his own culture – which is a part of Anatolia – with the rhythms of other cultures that he has had the chance of experiencing.
He was born in 1980, Ankara, Turkey. He learn music in 1989 through his uncle. In 2000, he started professional career with making his own folk music. He also played for different groups and make his contributions in various genres like rock, pop, folk and ethnic and he played bass guitar for many well-known singers of Turkey. Afterwards he took a step for studio and recording part of music and he has been carrying on his music journey as arrenger, music director and a bass guitarist.
He was born on June 29, 1990 in Ankara. Having musician parents, he was introduced to clarinet at the early age of 10 and quickly became part of the youth choir of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation’s Ankara Radio branch, where he plays clarinet to this day. He took part and played clarinet in the countless folk dancing activites of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. He was part of many album recordings, live concerts and projects.
Rajasthan Roots was formed in 2005, when under the mentorship of John & Faith Singh, and guidance of anthropologer Vinod Joshi of Jaipur Virasat Foundation www.jaipurvirasatfoundation.org, the need to have a contemporary interpretation of the folk music of Rajasthan was required to evolve the age old traditions of the Region and bring it to International standards of production. By keeping its essence intact, emphasis was made to introduce warmth and depth – bass, vocal harmonies, effects, etc. to the music, and also to produce the electrifying percussion of Rajasthan into a pulsative groove, also allowing space for all the naunces of the traditional instruments to be heard.
By encouraging the musicians to write their own songs they leave behind their own legacy’s for future generations to follow, and creating the new sounds of Rajasthan!
Rajasthan Roots also works as an interface between the traditional musicians and international artists wanting to collaborate and share cultures.
We have been blessed by great friends and exceptional producers from around the world who have collaborated in the past, and some who continue to , and help us in the process of production and exposure to different musical genres.
This duo performs rhythmic, tribal house beats combining traditional Rajasthani folk percussion such as khartal,bahpang, morchang and matka along with cutting edge modern electronic dance grooves.
Hamza is one of the pioneers of House music in India and established India’s first house music label, Wind Horse Records, in 2009. He has steadily gained reputation and is now a renowned name in the music industry.
Latif khan is a famous Manganiyar Percussionist from Rajasthan who has traveled throughout the world mesmerising the audience through his art. He can play couple of instrument together, like khartal, bhapang, morchang.
When these two talented artists get together they allure the audience to dance on the floor, without any rehearsal and complete improvisation.
Recognized as a leading contemporary photographer, Rohit started his career and spent close to two decades in advertising at JWT before eventually moving out to start his own design and film production company. His solo exhibitions include Wanderlust, Tribute to Raja Ravi Verma, Klimt – The Sequel, Free da! – The Homage, Fine Art of Food & the most recent, Wearable Art Collection, which opened at the Volte Gallery in Mumbai. Besides garnering considerable critical acclaim, his work has been exhibited at various venues across the world and his photographs are a part of major private collections and museums. The central theme of his work is essentially travel, which he considers the perfect antidote to any stress. Rohit lives between Delhi and Goa with his wife, Saloni, and his two wonderful dogs, Jaan and Jiya.
She was born in the United States,in Rochester Minnesota in 1959, has lived in Spain since she was two years old. She graduated from the University of fine Arts in Barcelona in 1985. She currently combines her painting with teaching. She co-directs a self improvement school in Barcelona and actively participates in various other cultural activities.
Carmen has exhibited her paintings since 1982. Her first individual exhibition was in Sala Vayreda in Barcelona in 1988.
After Graduation she was selected by her University for a scholarship along with other artists, each representing every University in Spain. After spending a month of landscape painting in Segovia, she was awarded with the first price (gold medal).
In 1987 she won the price Talents of Spain from Sala Parés of Barcelona.
She has exhibited at the Sala Parés Gallery of Barcelona since 1986 and she is now one of their most acclaimed artists. In each exhibition she approaches new subject matter, always looking for greater challenges and stronger and more precise forms of expression.
Carmen has also exhibit her work in different cities like London, Geneva, Paris, Strasbourg…
Her curiosity and sensitivity has led her to explore a variety of themes; portraits, groups of people, interiors, landscapes, compositions with diverse elements like paper and books, pots, wine glasses, and so forth.
She often paints musicians, one of her favorite subjects, usually during live performances. In search of variety she travels around the world, painting on location in places like India, Morocco, Greece, Portugal, USA, Scotland, England, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, France….
Carmen describes, in a magic and subtle way the transparency of glass or captures with deep sensibility the human psychology. She paints with fast and certain strokes a jam session or any live scene. But most important is her ability, thanks to an intuitive and confident handling of paint, to know how to translate her emotions into magnificent paintings.
( Anton Maragall. Director of Sala Parés )
At this moment she is working in a Art project inspired in symbolic psychological archetypes.