"I heard new territory that night, modern, innovative, and highly skillful composition"Kenny Werner

"His engaging compositions and arrangements are awash in perception and authenticity"All About Jazz

The fire of the flamenco elements is taken to another level through colourful orchestration and the dynamic range of the Big Band. A symbiosis in which characteristic flamenco harmonies and rhythms serve as a template for improvisation. Palmas, jaleos and phrygian chords provide a fresh folkloric context, launching jazz solos in a new direction. Lead by hispano-dutch saxophonist/composer/arranger Bernard van Rossum, the BvR Flamenco big band won first prize at the Meerjazz International Big Band Competition in 2014 and the Keep an Eye on Jazz records competition in 2015 . Their critically acclaimed debut album “Jaleo Holandés” was released at the 2015 Flamenco Biennale featuring Martijn Vink and Miguel Rodriguez.
They are currently working on their second album "Luz de Luna" (release December 2016) which will also feature sublime guests like harmonicist Antonio Serrano, Flamenco singer David de Jacoba (both ex Paco de Lucía) and sax wizard Ben van Gelder.

As well various international tours, they have performed at the Netherland’s most prominent venues and festivals, among them Rotterdam International Jazz Festival, Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz festival, de Doelen, Jazz in Duketown, Amersfoort Jazz and Grachten Festival.

Live shows also see the flamenco dance dimension represented, featuring varying guest bailaoras like Cristina HallMathilde Anton and Irene Alvarez.

THE BAND

Bernard Van Rossum Tenor/soprano saxophone, composition,arranging, directing


Marí­a Marí­n
Voice, palmas


Pablo Martinez
voice, palmas, trombone


Edsart Udo de Haes
Flamenco guitar


Miguel Hiroshi
percussion, cajón

SAXOPHONES



Jasper van Damme


Miguel Ortega


Joao Driessen

Fernando Sanchez

Bruno van der Haegen

TROMBONES


Jos van den Heuvel


Oliver Emit

Matthias Konrad


Haraldur Prastarson

TRUMPETS



Gerhard Ornig


Bruno Calvo

Natanel Ramos

Evgeniy Bondarev

RHYTHM SECTION



Xavi Torres
piano


Marco Zenini
double bass


Joan Terol
drums

GUEST DANCERS



Cristina Hall


Irene Álvarez


Mathilde Fornelli