Bandaluzia will display the grace and passion of flamenco when this collective of Australian and international flamenco stars perform at the Blue Mountains Theatre on Sunday, March 26.
Bandaluzia is an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA-nominated Australian guitarist Damian Wright. Bandaluzia have been awarded the pick of the Sydney Fringe at the Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014.
If features Jessica Statham, Dance Australia magazine's most outstanding dancer of 2013 and co-winner of best dance show at The Adelaide Fringe 2014. She is renowned for her impeccable rhythm and footwork, graceful body technique, impressive musicality and powerful style.
Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity, Bandaluzia have been a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. They also 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.
Joining Bandaluzia is acclaimed singer Naike Ponce. Ponce has performed internationally with major flamenco companies, where she has been able to work with such music greats as Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucia), Estrella Morente, Manolo Sanlùcar, Maria Vargas and Manolo Soler. She recently released her debut album Con Nombres De Mujer alongside legendary guitarist and Grammy winner Jose Suarez Paquete, with the collaboration of Raimundo Amador, Tomatito and Piraña, among others.
The ensemble is rounded out by Freedman fellowship winner and national jazz awards finalist Ben Hauptmann on mandolin and brilliant percussionist James Hauptmann.
“Bandaluzia is winning high praise for its unique Australian interpretation of the powerful music and dance form….with their thrilling blend of passion and virtuosity” – Gabrielle Wilder, Sydney Morning Herald.
Bandaluzia Flamenco and Naike Ponce, 2pm on Sunday, March 26 at the Hub, 106 Macquarie Road Springwood. Tickets $35/$30, on 4723 5050 or www.bluemountainstheatre.com.