Spanish guitar duo Esperanto make a welcome return to the Dart Music Festival, as part of a series of dates across the South West marking the release of their debut CD, Ida y Vuelta.
Following a chance meeting on an international flamenco forum in 2004, guitarists Jon Boyes and Mark Barnwell have been collaborating ever since, snatching the opportunity to play a handful of live performances each year in between their own busy schedules as soloists.
Literally ‘there and back again’, Ida y Vuelta is the phrase the Andalucians use to describe the flamenco styles that bear the hallmark of Latin American influences – a synthesis of Spanish and Hispanic rhythm and harmony.
A fitting title then to reflect the duo’s brand of guitar music which blends Latin American and flamenco styles, as well as betraying Mark and Jon’s early rock influences.
Esperanto present a showcase of traditional melodies whilst putting their own unique stamp on mainstream music made famous by household names such as the Eagles and Madonna.
Infectious rhythms interlaced with sparkling harmonies and dazzling fretwork, Esperanto take us on a journey; to the sun-kissed beaches of Southern Spain, to the Americas…and back again.
Dart Music Festival 10th/11th/12th 2013