DAMIAN WRIGHT Flamenco Guitar
JESSICA STRATHAM Flamenco Dancer
PABLO PORTILLO Flamenco Singing
STEVE HUNTER Bass
SHENZO GREGORIO Violin
JAMES HAUPTMANN Cajon/Percussion
Bandaluzia is a Sydney based Flamenco ensemble led by guitarist Damian Wright, consisting of a group of acclaimed musicians and dancers at the forefront of Flamenco music in Australia.
Combining contemporary and traditional Flamenco into a mesmerising display of explosive dance, virtuosic guitars, soulful singing, dynamic improvisation and masterful percussion, embodying all the passion, mystery and power of this remarkable art form.
Bandaluzia are known for their sell out performances in theatres across Australia and in 2011 were a headlining act at The International Gypsy Music Festival, Sydney, The Bellingen Global Carnival, NSW. Since 2011 the ensemble has also been chosen for Musica Vivas’s Countrywide Tourning program. Bandaluzia 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 evokes the senses with the grace of Flamenco.
“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”. Sydney Morning Herald 01/09/12
“The opening piece, Oceania (Wright) exemplified how the singings primal rawness contrast with the guitars lyrical refinement, while Statham’s dancing bridged the two, from the graceful elegance of her arm movement to the furious rhythmic precision of her footwork....Hunter gave a rapturous solo introduction to Khyal (Wright) before slipping into another groove with Hauptmann behind another dazzling improvisation by Wright.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald 17/09/12