Oene van Geel, Maarten Ornstein, Tony Roe

Ultra High Flamenco

2015

What happens when you let three renowned Dutch jazz musicians team up with four top ‘flamencos’? That’s what we will find out in this new creation of the Flamenco Biennial.
The Ultra High Flamenco [UHF] quartet loves improvising inside and outside flamenco. The band led by bassist Pablo Martín excels at innovative and jazzy interpretations of various traditional flamenco styles. Together with the Dutch Oene van Geel trio, plucking, picking and bowing the seven men push the envelope of flamenco’s rich rhythms. This septet may spring a few surprises at the festival with new, contemporary and unexpected (flamenco) sounds. Ultra High Flamenco in the Low Countries!

Olé to new Flamenco morals.’ (…) ‘Groups like UHF may inspire flamenco for years to come, “without boundaries” of any type or description.

NRC Handelsblad 11 NOV.2015

Oene van Geel is a musical adventurer, a virtuoso improviser who strokes, plucks and even drums on his instrument. With his ‘chamber music sensibility, a thorough knowledge of the principles of Indian music, hardcore improvisation technique and the straightforwardness of pop music, Oene van Geel has given jazz new avenues of exploration.

VPRO Boy Edgar Award jury report 01 NOV.2015