The BvR Flamenco Big Band
Bernard van Rossum (musical director, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); María Marín (vocals, palmas); Pablo Martínez (vocals, trombone, percussion, palmas); Bruno van der Haegen, Fernando Sanchez, Jasper van Damme, Joao Driessen, Miguel Ortega (saxophone); Bruno Calvo, Evgeniy Bondarev, Gerhard Ornig, Natanael Ramos (trumpet); Alisa Klein, Haraldur Pratarson, Jos van den Heuvel, Oliver Emitt (trombone); Edsart Udo de Haes (Spanish guitar); Xavi Torres (piano); Marco Zenini (double bass); Joan Terol (drums); Javier Intentas Maderuelo (percussion, cajón); kika (dancer).
Sat 11 July 2015 18:30 - 19:30 Mississippi
Their own slogan is ‘jazz meets flamenco’. With composer and arranger Bernard van Rossum as the leading man, The BvR Flamenco Big Band, a 21-piece jazz ensemble conceived around a core of flamenco protagonists, breathes new life into an old genre. Van Rossum, whose parents are from England and the Netherlands, grew up in Spain. He studied at conservatories in Barcelona, Denton in Texas and Amsterdam. This year the band released their debut album Jaleo Holandés. Van Rossum’s colorful arrangements allow a lot of room for improvisation and provide the ideal ingredients for a live show. In his compositions, the flamenco element is taken to the next level through colorful orchestration and the dynamic range of the big band. Last year The BvR Flamenco Big Band won the first prize at the Meerjazz International Big Band Competition and van Rossum himself was granted the award for best soloist. The orchestra stays close to the roots of flamenco but adds contemporary elements. It’s what makes The BvR Flamenco Big Band such an exciting live act.