Thursday, 24 January 2013

Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble (music)

We saw the Juan Martin Ensemble, perhaps two years ago now, when Spyboy last brought them to Hailsham Pavilion and it was a wonderful evening. Flamenco has a very distinctive sound and style and the concert itself was simply staged with no extraneous gimmicks - just the musicians and dancers totally focused on their performance. The music was passionate and I absolutely loved the dancing which was made all the more impressive by being in such an intimate venue as the Pavilion.

The first flamenco artist to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juan Martin was born in Andalucia and now divides his time between Malaga and London. He is considered to be one of the very the best Flamenco guitarists in the world and has surrounded himself with top class musicians and dancers. His compositions fuse traditional Flamenco and Gypsy jazz styles with Arabic, Indian and classical influences, and his most recent CD, Solo, beautifully showcases this fusion of the traditional and the modern.

Hailsham Pavilion, Sun 24th Feb, 19:30.
Tickets £21.50, available online, by calling 01323 841414 or in person at the Box Office.

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