Dancer Evelyne Benais first encountered flamenco in 1993 at the Don Quixote, a flamenco tavern in Toronto,
where she would later start her career under the direction of Carmen Romero. She then moved to Newfoundland
where she convinced St. John's rock guitarist Bob Sutherby to plunge into the genre, and in 1996, El Viento
Flamenco was born on the wind-swept shores of the Avalon Peninsula. The entire troupe, including singer Sean
Harris and percussionist Tony Tucker, moved to Halifax in 2001, where they added dancers/singers Maral Perk
and Megan Matheson. They have all pursued flamenco with a passion --traveling repeatedly to Seville to study
with masters and steeping themselves in this rich cultural tradition.
In the last five years they have toured extensively throughout Atlantic Canada, including all the Atlantic Presenters
and Arts and Culture Centres; they have performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; they have made several
regional and national appearances on CBC radio and television, they have performed at Government House for the
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, they have had their music arranged for orchestra for two concerts with
Symphony Nova Scotia, and they have been featured in a half-hour documentary on Bravo Television.
Evelyne Benais Dancer
Evelyne trained for six years in Seville under Juana Amaya, Concha Vargas, Manolo
Marin, and others, and in Canada under Carmen Romero and Esmeralda Enrique. Her dancing is described
as "charismatic, elegant and powerful".
Sean Harris Singer
Sean began singing from a very early age and became a versatile
performer, tackling classical, blues, rock, gospel and eventually flamenco. His
training in Canada and Spain with teachers Juan del Gastor and Patricio Tito
helped him develop a flamenco voice that has been described as “rich, soaring
and heart-rending”. He currently performs with El Viento, Los Flamencos and
Cuban music group Latin Groove.
Maral Perk Singer/Dancer
Maral began singing as a child in the Sayat Nova Choir
in Istanbul, Turkiye. She continued singing after moving to Halifax. In 2002
she joined El Viento Flamenco as vocalist but also took an interest in the
dance, whereupon she began studying with Evelyne Benais. Maral has recently
been to Seville, Spain where she studied with voice teachers Paco Taranto
and Laura Vital, as well as with dance teachers Pilli Ogalla, Yolanda Heredia
and Carmen Ledesma. She brings to flamenco her exotic background in Armenian
and Turkish cultures.
Megan Matheson Dancer
Megan has always taken an interest in the
arts, especially singing and dancing. She began flamenco dance
with Evelyne Benais in 2002. Since joining El Viento Flamenco
she has traveled to Seville, Spain to study with Juana Amaya,
Rafael de Carmen, Andrés Peña, Manuel Betanzos and
others. In addition to dancing, Megan is developing her multiple
talents in flamenco singing and percussion, as well as creating her own
choreographies. She currently performs with El Viento Flamenco and
Los Flamencos, as well as directing the El Viento Flamenco School of Dance.
Bob Sutherby Guitarist
Bob took up guitar in his teens and quickly realized he
wanted to make a career of music. After performing with many different bands
and learning many different styles, in 1996 his career took an unexpected
turn when he co-founded El Viento Flamenco with Evelyne Benais. After moving
to Halifax in 2001 Bob co-founded Los Flamencos as well as world music group
Talambra. He has studied flamenco in Canada and Spain with Patricio Tito,
Juan del Gastor, Miguel Aragón, Juan Martín, Flavio Rodrigues
and Arcadio Marín.
Tony Tucker Percussionist
Tony's extensive experience with African and Cuban drumming,
Newfoundland Celtic and even Hard Rock kit drumming have given him the subtlety and
dynamism necessary to a flamenco band. He currently performs with El Viento,
Los Flamencos and African music acts Fola and Kojo, as well as being a drum instructor
at Buckley’s Music.
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