Spaniard, Austrian, Cuban and Pole create musical freedom – an explosive mix of flamenco, world music, rock, classical influences, latino, elements of improvisation and much more.
Los Duendes is a real ethnic mixture, because the band consists of musicians from: Spain, Austria, Poland and Cuba. This international formation, playing music from the borderland of flamenco, world music and many different genres, was founded in 2019 in Wrocław, Poland.
The band’s program includes original songs as well as interesting arrangement of well-known songs, among others from the repertoire of Vicente Amigo, Ray Heredia (Ketama), Antonio Carmona and Niña Pastori.
„Duende” is an elf, dwarf, a small magical creature inhabiting space on the borderline of reality and fantasy, present in the legends of many cultures since the dawn of history. In flamenco culture, „having duende” means having a special talent for singing or playing an instrument. It is the artistic soul reflected in art. A magical and authentic element. Los Duendes – a band celebrating Andalusian music and singing, invites you to a joint, loud musical feast, full of hot rhythms.
The band’s leader is Borja Soto, currently the only Spanish flamenco singer living in Poland, from Seville. He has been performing in Poland since 2013 in various formations within such events as: Unfinished House / European Songs as part of the cycle European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, Jazz in Palaces – Moszna Castle, Duende Festival in Poznań, Polish Dance Platform, Folk Inspirations Łódź, Ethno Jazz Festival Wrocław, European Capital of Culture – inauguration 2016, Music Festival in Bukowiec, International Folklore Festival in Zielona Góra, BRAVE Together. Artistic director of the Flamenco Evenings concert series.
Piotr Łyszkiewicz is a saxophonist, composer and music producer. He collaborated with Marcin Świetlicki, Artur Rojek, Mala Koteluk, Krzysztof Zalewski, rapper James Izcray, Barbara Wrońska, Oksana Predko, Kasia Klimczyk, Abduloulay Badji, music producers Bartosz and Marek Dziedzic, bands The Dumplings and Sorry Boys. Member of Mitch & Mitch, P.K.P. Trio, Second Exit, Tango & Cash, 3 Jets. Has collaborated with the following bands: Małe Instrumenty, The Kurws, Ziemia Planeta Ludenu, Ballads and Romances.
Rainer Maria Nero is an Austrian-Polish guitarist, composer and lecturer. In 2008-2011 he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the direction of the outstanding Alexander Swete. In the years 2014-2016 he studied in Murcia (Spain) under the guidance of flamenco guitarist Carlos Piñana, with whom he has played concerts all over the world. In 2015, the artist released his debut album Castles of Spain, maintained in a classic style. Two years later, together with the band Flamensky, he created the flamenco album Fantasias y Danzas, which contains only his own compositions. In October 2019 he has released another album entitled Conmover.
Osmar Pegudo Álvarez is a Cuban drummer. He learned to play the drums with famous musicians in Cuba, such as Changuito and prof. Enrique Lazaga. In the years 2008–16 he played in several orchestras, of which the most important were Estrellas Cubanas and Grupo Cuba Libre. In 2017 he came to Poland as a musician of the orchestra José Torres and Havana Dreams. He participates in important music projects with well-known Polish and foreign artists, such as Project Santana Live by Leszek Cichoński, Moisés Bethencourt and The Cuban Latin Jazz.
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