DAMIAN WRIGHT is an ARIA nominated flamenco guitarist based in Australia.
Damian's flamenco ensemble BANDALUZIA won the Sydney Fringe Festival "Pick of the Festival" award and was recently invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall to a sold out audience as part of Tedx 2014 as well as performing at The Sydney Festival amongst many others. BANDALUZIA is also currently featured on Musica Vivas's Country Wide Touring Program Australia.
Damian recently performed as a soloist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and will also embark on a tour of CHINA in early October 2015.
In 2010 Damian received a development grant from the Australian arts council to study flamenco guitar in Spain with Pepe Justicia and in 2013 was awarded a second Arts Council grant to produce a debut album due for release in late 2014.
Damian has recorded with RASA DUENDE & THE TRANSLATORS on ABC/Universal and Jazzgroove Records and his compositions have been played on ABC radio national and Classic FM.
"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald. 22/02/11
"Wright imbues every piece with the rich, rhythmic structure so characteristic of flamenco. .....A piece like Khyal, by Wright, has haunting harmonics and an evocative Moorish flavour. It's an imaginative journey: like travelling, without moving your feet". - Loyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage Online 11/09/08
"Wright is an accomplished flamenco player and composer, who readily accommodates the expansion into wider musical pastures." - John Shand , Sydney Morning Herald 20/06/09
"I loved the authenticity of this performance, This is blissful music: tabla-fast strums that drench you in tense rhythms; barred left hands with fingered melodies; rock solid beats in rhythms of huge complexity. Just fabulous music and a great eye-opener," Canberra Jazz.net
"The other thing that’s immediately, exquisitely apparent is the fine fingering of flamenco guitarist, Damian Wright, who weaves his musical magic all the way through" .Crikey.com.au 2011
"Noteworthy too is Damian Wright's flamenco guitar, beguiling as a sweet mood-setter......it’s a company that exudes vitality and enthusiasm." Jenny Blain,
“This group of dancers and musicians from Sydney (The Flamenco Crew) would rank among the professional best we have seen from Spain, combining skilled technique and presentation with all the emotional subtlety associated with the origin of flamenco... Among the endless stream of performances offered in Canberra by local and visiting artists, this flamenco stands out as a gem.” Larry Ruffell, Canberra Times 2006
SMH BREAKFREE - Article on BANDALUZIA READ HERE