Thursday, June 28, 2007

Flamenco Caravan

Last night Jeff and I went to Ottawa's Jazzfest. It had to be the hottest day of the summer so far. 33 degrees and 45 with the humidex. OH MY GAWD! It was disgustingly hot. I swear I lost two litres. Ok, complaining aside.

We went to Ottawa specifically to see Jeff's brother play trumpet with Flamenco Caravan. As the name suggests the band's main focus is Flamenco but it also incorporates Latin, jazz and rock.

The band's leader is Esteban Figueroa and he is a marvel with the guitar. The lead singer and pianist is Susanna DiGiuseppe. Not only does she bring inspiring vocals, she provides humorous commentary and a inviting smile for the audience. I heard numerous comments on how beautiful she is from audience members. Which she is, and I'm not just saying that because she's family (she's my sister-in-law's sister). Other members include Toni Agostino (rhythm guitar), Jim Differ (drums) and Greg McIntosh (bass).

Flamenco Caravan has quite the growing fan base, especially in their home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario but nationally as well. We weren't the only ones buying up their latest CD, Alchemy, in the CD shack after the concert.

My favorite songs on the latest CD? The fast tempo of Moliendo Cafe. The sullen balad of Mi Amor. The flamboyance of Lydia (written as tribute to the youngest Bennet sister in Pride and Prejudice). And the hand clapping rhythm Camino Mallarauco (tango).

If you're curious about their sound you can hear samples of their music as well as purchase previous and new cds from their website.

Topic Links
* Flamenco Caravan's official website
* Ottawa Jazzfest
* Purchase Alchemy from