Progressive flamenco by sorelo levy
When it comes to Sorelo Levy, it’s all about the true passion of Flamenco music, modernity and innovation. Sorelo takes Flamenco music, with all its fiery passion and recreates it using the language of modern music and the most advanced electronic tools, resulting in an all new Flamenco Progressive sound. Sorelo Levy creates an invigorating Flamenco dub step, combining Flamenco elements with a Reggae beat and electronic instruments. As he strives to continually innovate, Sorelo Levy experiments with Flamenco Fusion and Flamenco Rock to create a whole new progressive sound. Sorelo Levy creates music by following the first rule of the progressive genre, or as it is sometimes known – fusion music. It gets its name from the blending and combining of different musical styles and influences in order to create original and progressive music.
The origins of Progressive Flamenco can be found in the late 1950’s when Jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Gil Evans first started to be interested in Spanish Flamenco (presumably after being exposed to the dance via performances of famous Flamenco groups in the USA), and started to combine it experimentally in their music, resulting in such tracks as “Flamenco Sketches”, and “Blues for Pablo” as well as albums like “King of Blue” (1956) and the conceptual work of “Sketches of Spain” (1960).
Although Rock and Roll did find its way into Franco’s Spain in the 1960’s; Flamenco music, which was heralded as a national treasure by General Franco’s regime, remained strictly traditional until the fall of the General in the late 1970’s. The first Spanish contribution to Flamenco-Jazz (an album by the same name) was recorded in 1966, but the genre became truly popular in Spain only in the 1980’s, with artists such as Paco de Lucia. This new music was called New Flamenco (Flamenco Nuevo).
Electric music influences, shocked the Flamenco musical scene in Spain already in the 1960’s and 1970’s; much earlier than the more popular rock-like Flamenco Nuevo. Progressive rock and electric sound was mixed with Flamenco singing and rhythm to create a new progressive genre, led by groups such as Smash, Crack, Lole y Manuel, and artist such as Borne, Diego de Morón and the famous Gualberto solo, who replaced the classic Flamenco male singing voice with the Hindu Sitar instrument. Producers such as Gonzalo García-Pelayo and Ricardo Pachón encouraged this new emerging trend.
In the music of Sorelo Levy, influences of Reggae, electronic music and oriental song can be heard. Sorelo uses Flamenco music as the base into which all these new influences can be combined. His experimental spirit leads him to musical originality and innovation. Sorelo Levy creates a new Progressive Flamenco sound that is all his own.