MIGUEL ESPINOZA FLAMENCO FUSION with DAVID HAGEDORN
A BlueStem Jazz Presentation - Miguel Espinoza Fusion, the collective beating heart of world-class musicians Miguel Espinoza (guitar), Dianne Betkowski (cello), and Randy Hoepker (bass) invites the listener into a rich and colorful symposium of musical traditions. Firm roots in flamenco, classical, and jazz are woven through with North African rhythms, Celtic whimsy, and Brazilian expressions for a sound that is transformative, vibrant, and deeply emotive. Their third album, Living in a Daydream (2022), features extensive collaborations with two-time Grammy winner Howard Levy, and their fourth album, Gabriella (2023), again features the collaborative efforts of Howard Levy, as well as fellow two-time Grammy winner David Balakrishnan, of the Turtle Island Quartet.
Miguel Espinoza Fusion are the winners of Westword Magazine's Best of World Music, and their albums, Turtle Dreams and Veneta, have won Indie Acoustic Project awards. Veneta ranked #9 of the Top 200 World Music Albums of 2022 and was #11 on the Top 20 2022 NACC World Charts for 16 weeks.
Described by Guitar Player Magazine as "mesmerizing", Miguel Espinoza has recorded and performed with Bela Fleck, Kai Eckhardt, Kitaro, Tuck and Patti, Rita Moreno, and Ben Vareen, among many others.
A Miguel Espinoza Fusion show is like nothing else!
Miguel Espinoza Fusion is world class global chamber music making that explodes the parameters of style, yet ever remains close to the heart.
~ David Balakrishnan, founding violinist/composer of the two-time Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet
The musical chat between the musicians of the Miguel Espinoza Fusion ensemble is also one in which disparate elements that have played a role in forming this music and in like manner, it is one in which everyone has a say, bringing to this art discourse, not only the flamenco that informs Mr Espinozas cultural references, but a wide sound world of different periods and stylistic pursuits.
~ Raul Da Gama, LatinJazzNet.com, Full review here
Espinoza delivered a performance billed as flamenco fusion that lived up to its label. Incorporating a wide array of styles, sounds, time signatures and textures, the group offered a hypnotic tour through a wealth of genres. Drawing from Spanish, North African and even Celtic musical structures, the band offered a performance that was at once soulful and technically seamless.
-Adam Goldstein, The Scen3.com blog, full review: The Scen3
While the groups music seems firmly rooted in jazz tradition, their keen (almost telepathic) sense of interaction, openness to eclectic cultural influences, freedom to innovate, and attention to timbral contrast make it into a gorgeous global chamber music performance emphasizing beauty, elegance and intricacy.
~ Joe Ross, Roots Music Report, Full review here
Living in a Daydream is a world music project that sits at the juncture of flamenco meets sounds from around the world. As a result, the music comes to life with swarming rhythms and hummable melodies. Espinoza excels throughout as the anchor, and his synchronism with Betkowski is outstanding. Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion is an ensemble with a sincere connection to the material, exceptional guest artists, and an excellent group leader.
-Steven Miller, Sound In Review, Full review : here
Best Jazz Album - Indie Acoustic
Best of World Music - Denver Westword
Best Instrumental Album - Indie Acoustic
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