The BVR Flamenco Big Band is a unique phenomenon, a 21-piece ensemble that fuses jazz with flamenco. Winner of the Keep an Eye Records Award and the MeerJazz International Big Band Competition.
Conceived around a core of flamenco protagonists, the Flamenco Big Band was founded in 2011 by Hispano-Dutch saxophonist Bernard Van Rossum. In van Rossum’s compositions, Flamenco harmonies and rhythms are redefined through colorful orchestration and the dynamic range of the big band.
Their critically acclaimed debut album Jaleo Holandés was released at the 2015 Flamenco Biennale and closely followed by Luz de Luna, their second album featuring world renowned Paco de Lucia band members Antonio Serrano (harmonica), David de Jacoba (voice) and Dutch saxophone prodigy Ben van Gelder.
‘Van Rossum managed to create not just a sound, but a musical idiom that’s rock solid’ (Jazzenzo).
‘His engaging compositions and arrangements are awash in perception and authenticity’ (All About Jazz).
‘I heard some new territory that night. Modern, innovative, and highly skillful compositions that did not diminish in any way the soul of flamenco’ (Kenny Werner).
Bernard Van Rossum sopraan/tenorsax/compositie/arrangementen, María Marín zang/palmas, Edsart Udo de Haes flamencogitaar, Irene Álvarez dans, Jasper van Damme, Miguel Ortega, Joao Driessen, Fernando Sanchez, Jessie Brevé rieten, Charlie Biggs, Bruno Calvo, Gidon Nunez Vaz, Allison Philips trompet, Jos van den Heuvel, Oliver Emmitt, Matthias Konrad, Pablo Martínez trombone, Xavi Torres Music piano, Jort Terwijn bas, Ruven Rupic cajón/percussie, Joan Terol drums
5 May 2018 - BvR Flamenco Big Band | BIMHUIS, Amsterdam
More info & tickets: http://bit.ly/BvRFlamenco