The fire of flamenco cante (voice), palmas (clapping), guitar and cajón, is taken to another level through colorful orchestration and the dynamic range of the Big Band. In this symbiosis, characteristic flamenco harmonies and rhythms serve as a template for improvisation. Palmas, jaleos and Phrygian chords provide a fresh folkloric context, launching jazz solos in a new direction. The BvR Flamenco big band won first prize at the Meerjazz International Big Band Competition in 2014 and the Keep an Eye on Jazz records competition in 2015 . Their critically acclaimed debut album “Jaleo Holandés” was recently released at the 2015 Flamenco Biennale featuring Martijn Vink and Miguel Rodriguez. As well as 2 international tours, they have recently performed at Rotterdam International Jazz Festival, the Amsterdam Bimhuis and the legendary North Sea Jazz festival.
Bernard van Rossum- tenor/soprano saxophone, composition,arranging, lyrics, directing
Flamenco artists: María Marín- voice, palmas, Edsart Udo de Haes – Spanish guitar, Miguel Hiroshi- percussion/ cajón, Pablo Martínez- voice, palmas, percussion, trombone.
Saxophones: Jasper van Damme, Miguel Ortega, Joao Driessen, Fernando Sanchez, Bruno van der Haegen.
Trumpets: Gerhard Ornig, Bruno Calvo, Natanael Ramos, Evgeniy Bondarev.
Trombones: Jos van den Heuvel, Oliver Emitt, , Alisa Klein,Haraldur Prastarson.
Rhythm section: Xavi Torres-piano, Marco Zenini-bass, Joan Terol- drums.