Music is emotion and passion - Azuleo artfully expresses this perennial truth in a wind of rhythm and melody gathered from the four corners of the globe. The group's musical repertoire includes flamenco and jazz sounds, grounded in the rich terrain of Arabic and Spanish folklore. This international ensemble shines with virtuoso guitar playing, expressive vocals, cool saxophone sounds and spirited percussion beats. Azuleo succinctly captures the romance and charm of cultural and musical tradition, tempered by contemporary tastes and cut with the innovation of their own personal flare and duende.
Azuleo's original sound captivates audiences world-wide, making concerts by Azuleo profound and unique musical experiences.
"Nueva Tharsis" was released in 2008 by guitarist and composer Abel Sanchez, as an offering to his native Andalusia. After moving to Berlin, the group Azuleo arose out of many musical gatherings in the Berlin music scene. It was 2011 and Azuleo was born in the middle of the cosmopolitan city. The compositions on the first album "Contigo" were born from collaborations with singer and flutist Elena Botica. Other components of Azuleo included French jazz saxophonist Joseph Carpentier, Romeo Natour, a percussionist and native of Palestine, and Berlin multiinstrumentalist and recording engineer Jonas Fehrenberg. These diverse influences, from flamenco roots to jazz, oriental, andalusian, balkan music and spanish folklore, create a sound which captivates audiences worldwide, making concerts by Azuleo profound and unique musical experiences.
After three successful european tours, performed at Festival Dragao do Mar in Brazil and recorded two albums, the second one “La Senda” released in 2015, percussion player Romeo was replaced by drummer and cajón player Antonio Piñera “Pumuki”. Their last work togheter “Nácar” (2016) is full of fresh songs and new ideas, going deeper into develop the Azuleo's unique sound. The album was presented in Berlin in a memorable record release party full of guest musicians and dancers. Nowadays the band works also with syrian violin player Aeman Hlal and young berliner dancer Ñusta.
Abel Sánchez - guitar
Elena Botica - vocals, flute
Jonas Fehrenberg - bass, guitar and cajón
Antonio Piñera "Pumuki" - percusion
Aeman Hlal - violin
Ñusta - Dance
Joseph Carpentier - saxophones