One of the most creative and innovative flamenco piano virtuosos of our time Dorantes wilal play in Ankara for the first time as part of Ankara Piano Festival on November 27, 2014.
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, Ankara Piano Festival is welcoming Dorantes with Joaquin Grilo and Javi Ruibal.
Dorantes / Piano
Joaquin Grilo / Flamenco Dancer
Javi Ruibal / Percussion
Dorantes was born into a family of flamenco royalty in Lebrija, a suburb of Sevilla, Spain. With such a family background, Dorantes’ childhood aspiration was to be a flamenco guitarist, but he soon became fascinated with the piano and studied at the Real Conservatorio de Musíca in Sevilla. Today he is highly regarded as one of the most creative and innovative flamenco piano virtuosos of our time. The music of David Peña Dorantes cannot be easily classified. It is said that he is a virtuoso instrumentalist, a modern genius of the flamenco. He gracefully combines classical, jazz, Celtic, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms into his compositions—a rare avant-garde style that has earned him many international awards and accolades. Flamenco belongs to the world by birth and experiences, but the process of creation is quite personal. His music has nothing to do with the most common fusion experiments - he has discovered a new dimension to the piano. The first album he recorded, Orobroy (1998), was a refreshing surprise, a proof of his talent and versatility with many leading figures of flamenco, like his uncle, “El Lebrijano”. His follow up album Sur (2001) was also highly acclaimed.