2012 | FREE FLAMENCO QUARTET
David Peña ‘Dorantes'
Renaud García-Fons, Theodosii Spassov & Javi Ruibal

David Peña ‘Dorantes’ piano, Renaud García-Fons bass, Theodosii Spassov kaval, Javi Ruibal percussion

Pianist David Peña ‘Dorantes’ joins forces in an exquisite musical dialogue with Renaud García-Fons the world-famous virtuoso of the five-string double bass and master improvisator Theodosii Spassov on kaval, exploring new horizons in flamenco jazz.

A flamenco piano, a French double bass and a Bulgarian wooden shepherd’s flute: is this still flamenco? Three musical friends go on an adventure, exploring their own and each other’s musical horizons. Bassist Renaud García-Fons and Theodosii Spassov Bulgarian Theodosii Spassov (on kaval, the Bulgarian flute you'd swear had been specially created for flamenco), weave their musical worlds around the flamenco rhythms of pianist David Peña ‘Dorantes’, one of Spain’s most compelling flamenco musicians. This colourful ensemble met in 2011 at the Flamenco Biennial (2011) in the Netherlands. It takes the rich flamenco tradition as their base and then push at its boundaries with jazz and contemporary music. French-Catalan Renaud García-Fons has a fresh, unique sound never before heard on a five-string acoustic bass. Bulgarian Theodosii Spassov raises the kaval - a traditional wooden shepherds’ flute and one of Europe’s oldest instruments - to unheard musical heights and integrates it into more contemporary forms of music. Like the French bassist, and the Andalusian pianist, he is a storyteller, mixing traditional folk with jazz and classical music. Three musical worlds meet and melt in an explosion of jazzy rhythms and improvisations that take go from Andalusia, the Mediterranean to the Balkans and back. 

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In the media

Jazz Brugge 2012
The name Free Flamenco Quartet is particularly apt. This colourful top ensemble take the rich Flamenco tradition as their base and then push at its boundaries with jazz and contemporary music. Spanish pianist Dorantes not only plays in classical ensembles and jazz combos, but also in flamenco bands and for the theatre, classical ballet and film. French-Catalan Renaud García-Fons has a fresh, unique sound never before heard on a five-string acoustic bass. Bulgarian Theodosii Spassov manages to raise the kaval (a traditional wooden shepherds’ flute) to unheard musical heights and to integrate it into more contemporary forms of music. And Spanish drummer and percussionist Javier Ruibal is a master of subtlety, in both jazz and flamenco.

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
Spain's David Peña Dorantes (piano)-who caused a sensation at the TNM two years ago-French Catalonian Renaud Garcia-Fons (double bass), Bulgarian Theodosii Spassov (on kaval, the Bulgarian flute you'd swear had been specially created for flamenco), and, as a special treat, percussionist Javier Ruibal-have poured their passion into a freer approach to flamenco. But take note: not free in the sense of the musical whatever attempted by some musicians; rather, a musical libertad that calls for abolishing constraints, drawing inspiration from the older generation, the very essence of flamenco. As an added pleasure, the evening will open with the formidable Renaud Garcia-Fons, solo. We're already trembling with anticipation at the idea of hearing all this in the magical acoustics of the Maison symphonique...