Flamengrass is born from the mixture of bluegrass and flamenco, both based on traditional roots music. The project was born from the hand of Lluís Gómez, an internationally renowned banjoplayer and author of several banjo books for Mel Bay, Carol Durán, violinist and singer of bands such as La Carrau, Sabor de Gràcia, Les Violines and toured several times with las Migas among others, Maribel Rivero, double bass and voice, a well known musician, has accompanied to artists such as Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Scott Law among others and Javier Vaquero, guitarist, considered one of the representative guitarists of the flamenco school in Catalonia, he has collaborated with Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo and Jordi Bonell among others.
Carol Duran-vocals and violin
Maribel Rivero-vocals and double bass
Lluís Gómez has assembled four master musicians, steeped in Spanish and Catalan culture, to help him bring his own traditional musical heritage to his bluegrass inspired banjo playing. The result is sometimes joyful, sometimes soulful, always delightful - and beautifully Spanish.
An exciting trend in Europe today sees young Bluegrass musicians from across the continent looking to their own musical heritage to take the genre forward. It is happening everywhere and genuine sub genres of Bluegrass are emerging.
Having mastered many styles of American Bluegrass banjo, Lluís Gómez found that his own national culture of Spanish and Catalan music was the path to an authentic, personal, musical identity.
The rich and diverse Barcelona folk scene gave him the opportunity to try out his ideas and to assemble a group of local, virtuoso musicians to work on the new project.
The result is FlamenGrass.
This is a magnificent album and a powerful statement. Four masters of their instruments, all steeped in their regional and national culture, have completely bought in to Lluís's vision and produced an album that is sometimes joyous, sometimes soulful, always delightful - and beautifully Spanish.
I am excited to see this album and wish lots of success to Lluís, Maribel, Carol and Javier as they take it on the road.
La Roche Bluegrass Festival Director
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