Over the last five years I’ve been working with some amazing musicians I’ve met in a musical shift to a genre I never thought I’d have the chance of being involved in. Flamenco always seemed to me a music you had to be born into, a rhythm that was given to you in the womb. They talk of the duende (spirit or soul) which seemed unattainable. It’s been a great ride and I the best thing is being able to call these wonderful musicians friends.
We’ve been working hard and last year recorded our first album, We managed to secure a deal with World Music Networks Riverboat Records and have benn playing a series of gigs around the UK wich has been wonderful. If your going to Bestival we’ll be there in Pig’s Big Ballroom where I’ll also be DJing on my 78rpm shellac discs with Annabel.
Calaita was formed by Seville born flamenco singer /guitar player Chico Pere and guitarist Glenn Sharp. Calaita has now grown to include percussionist Leo Paredes, vocalist Dianna Castro, and me on sax on flute.
The compositions are in the main by Chico and these pull on his life experiences growing up in Triana-Seville as well as his travels throughout Europe. Glenn also writes for the band bringing his virtuoso playing stlye to the fore. The other diverse musical backgrounds in the band range through world music, soul, jazz, funk, hip hop and of course flamenco.
Here’s a little preview.
Here’s a great podcast including three tracks from Calaita
All good stuff