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Vila Navio and Bandaluzia Flamenco Feat. Naike Ponce


Sun 19 Mar 2017, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland Street, St Kilda, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $27.00
  • Reserved Seating: $34.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: andreaoverseas

Musiktrafik and Memo Music Hall are very proud to present two internationally acclaimed and highly respected bands: Vila Navio (Portugal) and Bandaluzia Flamenco (Sydney) featuring the hauntingly soulful voice of Naike PoncE (Spain).

Vila Navio (Portugal):

Vila Navio, name of the artistic work of André Coelho Rodrigues, presents the second album of original songs “Ancoradouro”, published in March 2016. This album was referenced and praised by the British World Music publication “Songlines Magazine”, a review that pointed out and mentioned that “Vila Navio has originality in mind, and their quest for a different sound has been a successful one”.

Musically, this project is defined by an assumed suggestion for the modernization of the Portuguese traditional music, involving elements of popular music with modern sonorities linked to contemporary jazz and the presence of samples generated electronically. As it is referenced by the British press, Vila Navio are “Portuguese traditionalists unafraid of mixing it up”.

Live, André Coelho Rodrigues is usually accompanied by invited musicians, usually Cláudio Silva, on trumpet and flugelhorn and Eduardo Soares on Portuguese guitar. In the studio, this work had the honor of having the special participation of Fausto Bordalo Dias, one of the greatest references of Portuguese popular music of all time.

“Vila Navio’s music has originality in mind and their quest for a different sound has been a successful one…” - Songlines Magazine

The Band…
André Coelho - Vocal and guitar
Cláudio Silva - Trumpet and flugelhorn
Eduardo Soares - Portuguese guitar

Bandaluzia (Sydney):

Bandaluzia is an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA nominated guitarist DAMIAN Wright. In 2014 Damian was invited to perform as a solo artist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, China. Damian was invited this year to perform at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan. Bandaluzia was recently awarded “The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe” at The Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014.

Bandaluzia has headlined The International Gypsy Music Festival, Sydney, The Global Carnival and is on Musica Viva’s national touring program. Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity that has made Bandaluzia a great successat festivals and theatres across Australia. Featuring Dance Australia Magazine’s “Most Outstanding Dancer of 2013” and co- winner of “Best Dance Show” at The Adelaide Fringe 2014 Jessica Statham (flamenco dance), Freedman fellowship winner and National Jazz Awards finalist Ben Hauptmann (Katie Noonan, Gurrumul, Lior etc….) on Mandolin and brilliant percussionist James Hauptmann (James Morrison, Vince Jones, Bluejuice…etc). Bandaluzia are also highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of Jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America. An experience that ignites the senses with the grace of Flamenco.

Bandaluzia features Naike Ponce (Spain):

Born in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain.Naikes professional foundations were formed in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Sevilla and Utrera. Although the love of Flamenco came to her through family heritage, it was at age 16 when she obtained first prize in the Cantiñas de Cadiz contest and thus launched her artistic career. Residing in Madrid, Naike has performed internationally with major flamenco companys, where she has been able to work with such music greats as Jorge Pardo, Estrella Morente, Manolo Sanlùcar,Manolo Soler, Caramelo, Dany Noel, Yelsy Heredia, Isrrael Varela, Piraña, Maria Vargas, Chamo Lobato, Pansequito, Rancapino, Matilde Corral, Paco Taranto and Naranjito de Triana.