“Emanating on-stage magnetism and artistic talent”
-Flamenco Jazz: Historia de un Amor
Praised for her unique sound, musicality, and incredible versatility, flutist and bansuri player, Lara Wong is one of Spain’s most groundbreaking flutists. Her 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 Lara Wong Trío was born in 2020, a year after the Canadian flutist moved to Madrid, Spain. Dazzling flamenco guitar riffs, sophisticated percussive soundscapes, mystical bansuri melodies, and colourful flute improvisations come together in this dynamite encounter between these three extraordinary artists.
Award winning musician, Lara Wong is originally from Vancouver, B.C. and now resides in Madrid, Spain. She is 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, and the first female to win the instrumentalist category.
Lara’s musical journey began in the classical world and she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in classical and jazz flute at McGill University in Montreal. During her university years she began to dedicate herself to flamenco and in 2012 she decided to go to Seville to learn flamenco at its birth place.
Now, she is one of Spain's top flutist, playing alongside artists such as Tino di Geraldo, Bandolero Ruiz Motos, Juan Andres Maya, and Pepe Rivero. In Canada, Lara is a recipient of various grants from the Canada Arts Council for her dedication to the development of the “flamenco flute” and for being a pioneer of the flamenco jazz genre in Canada.
Guitarist Melón Jiménez has made plenty of music, not only in flamenco music but in many related styles. He is both devoted to the tradition of his Andalusian gypsy roots and also, to the innovation of the flamenco guitar, meticulously translating techniques from the sitar, slide guitar, and African gimbri to his guitar. He has accompanied many renowned artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Enrique Morente, Chuchito Valdes, and Jorge Pardo.
Percussionist, composer, and Berklee College professor Sergio Martinez is one of Spain’s most celebrated percussionists. Some of his collaborations include top musicians from the international scene such as Paul Simon, Al di Meola, Ruben Blades, Diego el Cigala, Joaquin Cortes, Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Enrique Morente, and Danilo Perez to name a few.