Ruido is the wild child of contemporary Australian flamenco. With gypsy abandon, playfulness and brazen confidence, Ruido breathe a joyful wit. They thump a dark Bulerias and Martinette, draw a delicate Guajiras, giggle out an Alegrias, lilt a haunting traditional Spanish lullaby, roar a Rumbas or kindle a soulful Tangos.
Ruido Flamenco award-winning compositions have firm musical roots in flamenco. Using traditional modes, chords and Palos (rhythm families). Unafraid to sing of powerful historical events such as war, refugees, deception, love and hope.
Ruido conjure a vivid Indie-flamenco soundscape.
Our Aussie Peña Flamenco Tradition
In the small streets of Seville you can find three types of Flamenco. There is the polished high-art shows in the big theatres, the tablao performance spaces with queues at the door and then there are small pop-up events in noisy little bars called peñas where families and friends perform. Perhaps an uncle sings whilst the grandpa whacks his walking stick, a little nephew dances and a cousin plays guitar. The extended family dust off the elders and present them with pride. It is in this enthusiastic chaos that innovation and tradition entwine. The charm and endurance of the art of flamenco is carried through oral tradition yet the young are encouraged to voice their story. As you pass these bars you are drawn in by the music, the dance and the energy.
There are no barriers in this amazing troupe: these musicians get up and dance, and the dancers sing and play! Their show is an explosion of colour and passion that fills your senses. Ruido flamenco create gypsy ballads and tapping tunes for their evocative performances. Ruido invite you into their beautiful ancient and magical world.
- April: artistic director, composer, dancer, singer, percussionist, rhythm guitarist
- Greg: Operations Manager, arranger, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
- Jane: Dance Manager, dancer, castanets
- Sam: Vocal Manager, dancer, singer, guitarist
- Andrej: singer, castanets, guiatrist
- Jack: guitar, dance
- Elizabeth B: Egyptian tabla
- Robyn: Djembe, mandolin
- Elizabeth H: Guitar and Vocals
- Perla: Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Ruido’s Joyful Collaborations
Collaborations make every show unique. Ruido work with well-established regional artists and groups.
Past collaborations have included:
- Miss Rodolfa (guest Dancer and Palmas)
- Far South Flamenco (guest Dance school)
- Marisol of Solymar flamenco dance (guest dance school)
- David Holberton (guest Guitarist)
- Lisa Maris McDonell (Guest Dancer)
- Nitya (guest flute and tenor saxophone)
- Canberra guitarists Dan and Louise
- Shohini (Guest Dancer, Indian Tabla)
- Wolf (Fire dancer)
Ruido musicians fundraise and welcome other artists. Their current show is ‘Treasures of the Silk Road’. Enjoy hearing songs about passionate people full of a love of nature and open hearts.
How Do You Say Ruido?
Ruido is our bands name. In true Aussie tradition it is deliberately understated: It simply means Noise! How do you say Ruido? Roo-ee-doh with an aussie twang will do fine.