Renowned Flamenco dancer Karen Ruimy returns to the stage with Flamenco Dancer Paco Hidalgo Calero and Jazz Dancer Lyndon Lloyd in the world premiere of 'Jazz meets Flamenco a fusion of music, expression, dance & culture at Lilian Baylis Studio, 26 & 27 November.
When Jazz Meets Flamenco sees renowned Flamenco dancer Karen Ruimy return to the stage with fellow Flamenco Dancer Paco Hidalgo Calero and Jazz Dancer Lyndon Lloyd.
Jazz meets Flamenco is a fusion of music, expression, dance and culture. In the 1960s/70s, flamenco artists such as Paco de Lucia and Cameron de la Isla started experimenting with traditional music they had learned in childhood, a Nuevo Flamenco, a ‘newly-evolved flamenco’ style.
And as more musicians around the world also experimented by mixing Flamenco with other genres, artists started recording albums full of impressive techniques, flamenco rhythms, and improvised solos over jazz chord sequences.
When Jazz meets Flamenco recreates these musical styles using original and contemporary work through dance, song and music. Karen is supported by a 5-piece band, with musical direction from Youth, the founding member of Killing Joke and the Fireman alongside Paul McCartney and a founder member of The Orb, the producer of The Verve’s most successful record ‘Urban Hymns’, which won him a BRIT award.
Director/Choreographer is Lyndon Lloyd.
When Jazz Meets Flamenco will get its world premiere at Lilian Baylis Studio, N1, on Friday 26 November and Saturday 27 November at 7.30pm.
Alongside the live shows, Karen will release ‘Black Coffee’ - a 10-track album that features the last produced material from the eminent producer Phil Ramone made before he passed away. Youth and Tim Bran (London Grammar etc) have added additional production. The result is a decadent selection of covers that more than stand on their own, covering The Mamas & the Papas to Radiohead and some French classics in between.
Originally a banker with Finacor, Karen Ruimy left to pursue creative and spiritual ventures. Alongside broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and human rights lawyer Jason McCue, Ruimy established GREAT
(Gender Rights Quality Action Trust) Initiative to ensure that all genders in the workplace were given equal and fair opportunities. Beyond her humanitarian work, Ruimy is known for her spiritual writing across published books, founding and serving as creative director of sought-after lifestyle brand KALMAR, regular contributions to UK Psychologies Magazine and The Huffington Post, as well as an accomplished flamenco dancing career beginning at the age of 38.
International Choreographer and Creative Director, Lyndon Lloyd, works collaboratively with artists and directors on all aspects of staging to lighting, to scripts and screen content, designed to create an unforgettable, mind-blowing performance. Career highlights include The Andrea Bocelli Tour included several sold out nights at the London O2 Arena, with Lyndon choreographing and creatively directing several contemporary dance pieces, whilst Andrea sang, and working as the Creative Director and Choreographer for the 100th Royal Variety Performance