MELÓN JIMÉNEZ & LARA WONG
"…the result is stunning; it is fluid, it is sensual and fully embodies the spirit of flamenco: virtuosity and passion."
"Melón Jiménez is a guitarist to watch. He has an alluring style that presents prodigiously performed, masterfully crafted compositions, exposing guitar complexities and a skill for bridging tradition and modernity"
-World Music Central
"Emanating on-stage magnetism and artistic talent”.
-Historia de un Amor: Flamenco Jazz
"Wong stands out on the flamenco scene."
Award-winning flutist and bansuri player, Lara Wong and flamenco guitarist, Melón Jiménez, make flamenco their universal musical language to traverse musical territories. Their music ebbs and flows with elegance and emotion, perfectly fusing the soul of flamenco with the harmonic brilliance of jazz and the rhythmic improvisations of Indian music. The groundbreaking couple first met on stage in 2018 in the flamenco jazz capital of Madrid, and ever since then, they have continued to grace audiences worldwide.
Lara Wong is a distinctive and promising voice in the world music scene. After completing her degree in classical and jazz performance at McGill University, Lara left Canada to study flamenco in its birthplace, Andalucia. Today, she is a prominent figure in the flamenco scene and is known for adapting the Indian bansuri flute into flamenco. In 2021, Lara made history when she won the first prize award for best flamenco instrumentalist at the Festival Cante de las Minas, making her the first foreign prize winner in the festival's 60 year history. Lara has played in festivals across Canada and Europe and has collaborated with artists like, Tino di Geraldo, Juan Andres Maya, and Pepe Rivero. In 2022, she released her first album, Rosa de los Vientos, which was produced by Melón Jiménez.
Guitarist Melón Jiménez is both devoted to the tradition of his Andalusian gypsy roots and to the innovation of the flamenco guitar. Having been born into a musically and culturally diverse family, (his mother, a German classical pianist and his father, a flamenco guitarist from Jerez), Melón developed a unique style of playing, incorporating all of the different techniques and sounds he experienced over the years. His musical versatility has led to collaborations with artists of all genres such as: Anoushka Shankar, Enrique Morente, Richard Bona, Niña Pastori, and Jorge Pardo. Melón was also a finalist in several competitions such as the Paco de Lucia Awards and the National Flamenco Competition in Cordoba. He released his second album, Ecos de Magerit, in October 2022.
Show formats: duo, trio (with percussion) or quartet (with flamenco dance or upright bass)
Quartet with double bass
Quartet with dance (Karen Lugo)
Quartet with Indian-flamenco dance
PAST PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:
Nov. 17, 2022 - Mundial Montreal, Canada
Nov. 12, 2022- Festival de Musica Española de Cadiz, Spain
Nov. 3-6, 2022- Festival Jazz Abierto, Malaga, Spain
Oct. 27, 2022- Recoletos Jazz, Madrid, Spain
Oct. 19, 2022- Suma Flamenco Festival, Spain
Aug. 30, 2022- Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcazar, Seville, Spain
August 20, 2022- Festival Jazz Joven Jerez de la Frontera
August 6, 2022- La Plaza en Concierto, Brunete
July 28, 2022- Festival Cante de las Minas
July 14, 2022- Cabaret Flamenco Montreal
July 9-10, 2022- SunFest, London Ontario
July 6, 2022- Lula Lounge, Toronto
July 5, 2022- Music in the Park, Chemainus
July 3, 2022- TaiwanFest, Vancouver,
July 2, 2022- Enchanted Evenings at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Vancouver
June 23, 2022- A Kali Canto at Alamar Festival
June 4, 2022- Album release in Barcelona, Spain
May 13, 2022- Album release in Madrid, Spain
May 8, 2022- Album release in Granada, Spain
April 21, 2022- Rivas Flamenco Festival, Spain