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Formed in 1990, Arte Kanela is widely acclaimed as the unsurpassed and most exciting force in the Australian Flamenco music scene. “Flamenco troupe Arte Kanela consolidated burgeoning reputations as the best concert act of their type in Australia” THE AUSTRALIAN 2009
At the core of ARTE KANELA are the exceptionally gifted Tedesco brothers: Musical Director, Guitarist and Composer Richard, and his brother Johnny, Principal Dancer and Choreographer. Over the last two decades, they have collaborated with an impressive array of both local and international artists, including Kate Ceberano, The Cat Empire, and Puerto Flamenco, and have featured on some of Australia's highest rated television programs, including Dancing with the Stars, Getaway, Spicks and Specks, The Panel and Postcards. ARTE KANELA were also protagonists in "El Toque de un Beso", a short film directed and produced by renowned Hollywood director, Roger Spottiswoode (dir. 007- Tomorrow Never Dies).
Together with leading dancers, musicians and singers, ARTE KANELA offers a new perspective to a conventional art form. The contemporary sound, look and feel of each presentation, whilst retaining the essence of Flamenco, ensures an experience packed with extraordinary virtuosity, an emotionally charged execution, and an intimate, visceral connection with the audience. ”Festival Highlights…Arte Kanela…They deservedly received a series of standing ovations.” RHYTHMS MAGAZINE 08
Flamenco Rocks was an artful, often playful production that demonstrated — yet again — Arte Kanela’s determination to take risks and move the art form forward.
Acoustic guitarist and musical director Richard Tedesco was in brilliant form.
Johnny Tedesco was all proud, prandng, virile, male energy. He played up the retro rock star feel of his solo sequences with ostentatious flicks of his long forelocks and fierce stares of defiance, tempered by the spontaneous grins of delight that accompanied some of his most flourishes.
Naturalness is one of Arte Kanela’s assets. All four musicians displayed the easy mastery of those who have been playing all their lives, and who have music in their bones.
Melbourne Metro. Melbourne Times
“The Best Flamenco in Melbourne” The dance is strong and always striking.
Richard Tedesco seems to leap to another level every time he performs. Here, the guitarist was positively on fire, throwing himself into the music, the intricacies of its rhythms never slipping through his fingers.
My oles were reserved for the Australian dancer Johnny Tedesco. His presence on stage was riveting as a peacock he strutted, twirled and zapatoed all over it. The Australian version of ole was shouted from the animated audience.
Mr Tedesco lapped it up, his bearing and grin growing as the applause increased.
One cannot fail to recognise that we find ourselves confronted by an artist (Johnny Tedesco) with extraordinary qualities for the art of flamenco.
EL ESPANOL EN AUSTRALIA
It was encouraging to see Johnny Tedesco with talent and a hunger to perform.
Tedesco and team should be commended for a theatrical adventure, an original and challenging rendition of a work and style unfamiliar to Melbourne audiences.
Johnny Tedesco..stole the show with his proud and playfully virtuosic solos. One piece..was an extended demonstration of technical bravura where his phenomenally fast heeltaps blurred and became a tremble that vibrated through his body. On other occasions, his swift turns and almost violent footwork became visual metaphors for the ardent guitar flourishes from his brother Richard.