Due to the current sabbaticals of 2 members, El Viento Flamenco will not be accepting bookings after October 1, 2010 until future notice.
Please visit the website of Compañía Azul, a new company based in Halifax under the artistic direction of Megan Matheson with Bob, Sean and Tony of El Viento Flamenco. If you are interested in booking the group for performances, please contact:
About El Viento Flamenco
ECMA 2007 Award Winner
Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year
Flamenco is the traditional music and dance of the gypsies (Roma) of Southern Spain. It has developed over the last 250 years, with influences from various cultures, including Latin American and Middle-Eastern. Today, the vast spectrum of Flamenco styles is kept alive and vibrant in Spain as well as by artists of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds around the world.
Just as Blues purist Eric Clapton sings the blues without trying to reproduce the sound of the Delta note for note, El Viento Flamenco is in love with the tradition, but also brings its own voice to the genre. Its musical influences include everything from gospel and blues to Turkish and Armenian folk music. In addition to singing in Spanish, the musicians of the group are now writing and singing their own lyrics in their own languages, which, in this group, happen to be English, French, Turkish, and Armenian!
El Viento Flamenco brings its own, very distinct voice to the art form. With a singer and guitarist who hail from rock and roll, a percussionist who is involved in everything from Newfoundland folk to African drumming and Punk rock, and dancers who have lived all over the world, the group stands subtly but resolutely outside of flamenco tradition.
Sean's "voz clara" is perhaps the most defining element of El Viento Flamenco's sound. With years of performing gospel, blues, and rock, he has developed a unique style and clear timbre which sets El Viento Flamenco apart from other flamenco troupes around the world. El Viento Flamenco also benefits from singer Maral's background in Armenian folk and Turkish pop tunes. Together, the singers provide the inspiration for the elegant simplicity of the dancing, while both the singers and dancer are sustained by the crisp, aggressive sound of Bob's guitar. Tony, with his influences of Celtic, Middle-Eastern, African and Rock drumming, adds the final touch to El Viento Flamenco's singular sound. The genuine expression of each artist's individuality is of prime importance: thus, in its own way, El Viento Flamenco is fiercely authentic.