Berlin Mondiale Music Session with AZULEO – Flamenco de Berlin + JAM SESSION

14.08.2021 18:00

After a long pandemic-related break, Berlin Mondiale invites you once again to concert evenings. Curated by Moroccan-Berlin oud player and fusion musician Alaa Zouiten, the BM Music Sessions are touring the various hubs of the Berlin Mondiale.

On August 14, there will be flamenco at the Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg like you’ve never seen it before! For eight years now, the international ensemble Azuleo has been playing together, creating its own lively, organic and distinctive sound. From the Andalusian roots of flamenco to jazz, from poignant oriental sounds to funky grooves; Azuleo thrives on both the original essence of flamenco and its musical evolution and expansion. Virtuoso guitars, jazzy saxophone sounds, spirited percussion beats and incisive melodies are united with a wonderful voice. In doing so, Azuleo firmly captivates the audience and turns concerts into unique experiences.
Azuleo was founded in 2011 by the Spanish guitarist Abel Sánchez. A result of the many musical gatherings in the Berlin music scene. In collaboration with the singer and flutist Elena Botica, the majority of compositions on now three studio albums were created. The French jazz saxophonist Joseph Carpentier and the Berlin multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Jonas Fehrenberg are a regular part of the band, and since 2015 the drummer Antonio Piñera “Pumuki” has also joined.

From their beginning, the band has toured across Europe, delighting concertgoers in Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Holland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. In June 2013, Azuleo played at the international world music festival “Dragao do Mundo” in Fortaleza, Brazil, where they shared the stage with Afrobeat icon Tony Allen. The latest studio album “Nácar” shows a tremendous development and maturation of a consolidated band. Various influences are condensed into a new clarity without the band forgetting its origins. The balancing act between tradition and innovation succeeds with astonishing ease. Recently, two special guest musicians have been appearing at Azuleo’s concerts. On the one hand the young, talented flamenco dancer Ñusta and on the other hand the Syrian violinist and composer Aeman Hlal. New elements that fit in so perfectly as if they had always been there. One can be curious to see how this connection will develop.

Curated by: Alaa Zouiten