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 Melón Jiménez & Lara Wong 

"…the result is stunning; it is fluid, it is sensual and fully embodies the spirit of flamenco: virtuosity and passion."
-CBC Radio-Canada

"Emanating on-stage magnetism and artistic talent”.

-Historia de un Amor: Flamenco Jazz

"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


 

"Wong stands out on the flamenco scene."

-Ottawa Citizen
 

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 emotive power, as they fuse the soul of flamenco with the inventive spirit of jazz and the rhythmic improvisations of Indian music. 

Wong is a distinctive and promising musical voice who studied flamenco in Andalusia after completing her degree in classical and jazz performance at McGill University. Over the years, she has become a respected figure in the flamenco scene, best known for playing flamenco music on the Indian bansuri flute. Lara is also the winner of the “Filon" first prize award for best flamenco instrumentalist of the Festival Cante de las Minas, making her the first foreigner to win in any category of the festivals 60 year history.
 

Wong's approach is a natural fit for guitarist Melón Jiménez, who first extensively explored the intersections of flamenco and classical Indian music as a member of Anoushka Shankar's Traveller Band in 2013. Jiménez was born into a musically and culturally diverse family that encouraged him to learn the music of his Andalusian gitano (Spanish Roma) roots and to use the flamenco guitar as a doorway to innovation.  His musical versatility has led to collaborations with artists of all genres such as: Enrique Morente, Richard Bona, Niña Pastori, and Jorge Pardo. 

This groundbreaking duo first met on stage in 2018 in the flamenco jazz capital of Madrid. There was an instant connection and an intuitive understanding that Wong and Jiménez shared compatible musical visions. The rest, as they say, is history and they have been creating beautiful, transformative music together ever since. Together they have performed across Europe, Asia, and North America at venues such as, Vancouver Folk Festival, Blue Note Shanghai, Mariposa Festival, Suma Flamenca, Festival de Tradiciones du Monde, SunFest, and many more.

LIVE Performances

Show formats: duo, trio (with percussion) or quartet (with flamenco dance or upright bass) 

TRIO

Quartet with  dance

Trio

DUO

QUARTET WITH DOUBLE BASS

WITH DANCE

Music

TRAJECTORY

In 2021, they won first prize (Filón Minero) at the prestigious Festival International Cante de las Minas, and since then, they have performed over 100 concerts at festivals and venues in Spain, Germany, France, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, and Morocco.

 

In Spain, they play regularly at flamenco and jazz venues such as Suma Flamenca (Madrid), Festival Jazz Joven Jerez de la Frontera, Fifty-Fifty Festival (Avilés), Real Alcázar de Sevilla, DazzJazz (Vitoria), Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, or AC Recoletos (Madrid) among others.

 

In 2022, they showcased at Mundial Montreal in Canada, leading to a tour of over 40 concerts throughout Canada, captivating audiences at folk, jazz, and world music festivals such as Mariposa Folk, Vancouver Folk Festival, Festival Traditions du Monde y SunFest.

In January 2024, they toured Asia, performing at venues like Blue Note Shanghai, Taipei Performing Arts Centre, and Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, selling out every show. 

COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2024
CONFLU
ENCIAS
 

In their upcoming album "CONFLUENCIAS," set for release in September 2024, Melon Jimenez and Lara Wong venture into the realm of electronic music. "CONFLUENCIAS" represents the convergence of avant-garde with tradition, folkloric instruments with electronic sounds, and the familiar with the unknown. Dazzling flamenco guitar riffs, sophisticated electronic sound passages, mystical bansuri melodies, and colorful flute improvisations come together in this truly singular musical voyage.

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BOOKING:
larawongmusic@gmail.com 
Booking Canada: +34 631744424 (Whatsapp) 
Booking españa: +34 691 913 309 (Daniel Gottbehut)
Booking Europe: AmiProd +34644847696

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