World Music available for hire, based in Victoria
Orlando is a self taught Flamenco guitarist who was born into a family of Artists in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, he spent most of his childhood listening watching or playing Flamenco. Nicknamed 'Vikingo De Jerez' Orlando is inspired by the Gipsy Flamenco artists of Andalucia Spain and has a sound very true to Jerez De La Frontera a small province in Andalucia Spain where Flamenco is considered to be very authentic.
Orlando also being an accomplished Oud player has infused the sound of the Oud within his very own unique style of Flamenco Guitar technique that has earned him praise from excellent musicians worldwide including Ginesa Ortega, Duquende, Tommy Emmanuel, Harri Stojka, Lulo Reinhardt amongst others.
Endorsed by Ostrie Music U.S.A with Daniel Mari Flamenco guitar strings and with recent guitar sponsorship Orlando now records on a 1973 Faustino Conde Hermanos Flamenco Guitar and a 1986 Mariano Senior Conde Hermanos flamenco guitar.
Andalusian Guitars of Spain are the most prestigious guitar makers in Spain also confirmed by Paco De Lucia through his Endorsement of these Master Grade Guitars!
Andalusian Guitars have proudly presented Orlando with a handmade Custom Flamenco guitars for exclusive performance use and promotions of Andalusian Guitars within Australia.
Orlando's very first album has been recorded in his very own personal flamenco recording studio (Duende Studios) and has been mixed and mastered by John Butlers producer Robin Mai at Woodstock Studios whilst the album is due for release April 2010
Michael Kontachristos accompanies on the cajon, Michael's has a unique and exciting style of percussion based mainly in Flamenco & draws style and technique from Latin America and the Middle East. Proficient in All Styles of percussion and with a degree in classical percussion at the V.C.A. he is considered to be one of Australia's top percussionists amongst many and now currently teaches at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.
Staying true to the flamenco Art form for the last ten years he has performed with every Flamenco group in Melbourne.
Michael has spent more than 25 years performing amongst the finest Flamenco & World Music Artists within Australia.
Michael compliments Orlando's Guitar with precision and intensity that is rarely seen amongst groups of this Calibre worldwide and disassembles the compass in a way very much like an Indian Tabla player would, India being where the roots of Gipsy Flamenco Originate in Rajasthan.
Collaborating Musicians, Second Guitars : Joshua Arent, Juan Martinez Ortega, Dave Holberton. Flamenco Dance : Fernando Mira, Laura Uhe. Percussion : Stuart Henderson (Arrabato) Flamenco group Sydney. Oud & Violin : Byron Triandafillidis. Belly Dance by Tanya "Underbelly". Audio Engineers : Joshua Arent, Gilbert Schultz.
Gipsy Flamenco are available for weddings, corporate and private functions and can accomodate all needs, allowing up to an 8 piece.
PAST PERFORMANCES Represented by Multi Cultural Arts Victoria, Gipsy Flamenco have performed as support act to Europe's largest 40 piece Gypsy Big Band (The Gypsy Queens and Kings) which featured Esma Redzepova - (Queen of the Gypsies) at the Arts Centre. At the Malt House Theatre alongside Simon Palomares in his recent theatre production (Its complicated) Recently Orlando and the co were invited to perform in Concert in Adelaide for the Guitar Fringe Festival 2009 whilst at Manchester Lane Orlando has performed solo as support act to Lulo Reinhardt (Gipsy Jazz Guitarist) from the famous Django Reinhardt Gypsy Family in Europe.
Australia's own Orlando "Vikingo De Jerez" was proudly presented with a handmade custom flamenco Negra Guitar for exclusive performance use and promotions of Andalusian Guitars within Australia. Andalusian Guitars of Spain are the most prestigious guitar makers in Spain also confirmed by Paco De Lucia through his Endorsement of these Master Grade Guitars!
"Awesome music. Your stuff is really incredible." Tommy Emmanuel