Lingua Franca circumnavigates on a musical wandering.
A journey during which the rich eastern mediterranean traditions and western music elements blend and compose colourful soundscapes using music as their common language.
Michalis Kouloumis - Violin Giannis Koutis - Oud, Vocals Michalis Cholevas - Tarhu, Ney Ruven Ruppik - Percussion, Marimba
"By their creativity and subtlety of compositions, improvisations as well as the knowledge of Maqam and talent of his members, I consider this ensemble a great response to the easy patch works and the fusions of world music projects".
Ney Master, UNESCO Artist for Peace
"Their sound, rather than pointing to a single geographical location, reflects instead a broad panoramic view which brings the various musical idioms, primarily of the eastern Mediterranean, into a context both timeless as well as contemporary".
Multi-instrumentalist, Director of Labyrinth Musical workshops
"Lingua Franca knows how to please, without ever being coquettish. In spite of the title of this beautiful debut album, it looks like it’s here to stay".
"At their first meeting, there was an immediate attraction. The breath-taking air acrobatics of TK Circus flawlessly connects with the enchanting oriental music of Linga Franca. Together they create a common language of sound, rhythm, melody, movement and dance. They show how acrobatics, dance and music, rooted in old traditions, can evolve and merge into a new, timeless form of art.
With Dutch top circus artists Tarek and Kami-Lynne (a.o. Cirque du Soleil and Ulrike Quade Company) and musicians Michalis Cholevas, Michalis Kouloumis, Ruven Ruppik and Giannis Koutis."
Jose Manuel León
Alicia Carrasco and José Manuel León both originate from Algeciras in the province of Cádiz.
Alicia Carrasco started her singing career at the side of guitar player Paco Martin. With her vivid voice and her free approach to the genre she brings the pure flamenco to life. She won several prizes and cooperated with great names, such as Carmen Linares and Ginesa Ortega (and even with Isabel Pantoja, but that is a different story). José Manuel Léon began playing guitar at the age of 13, under the expert guidance of his father Salvador Andrades José. He releases his first album Sirimusa in 2006. The album was launched live at the ‘Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla’ (ed. 2006) and then raises high sums on 'Malaga and Flamenco' (2007) and the 'Festival de Jerez' (ed. 2008). The following years a lot of interesting collaborations will follow. Both flamenco pur sang (including Carmen Linares and Gerardo Nuñez) as excursions to jazz (including Kikke Perdomo, Martin leiton and Borjan Barruetta) and the experimental electronic music (Artomático) passed the revue.
Alicia Carrasco and José Manuel Léon also collaborated on the project ‘Rosa de papel’ by Myrddin.
Since 2014, they collaborate in Mujer_Klórica (with underscore), a project in which diversity, equality and women's rights are central, and to which many committed musicians participated. For this particularly beautiful project, Alicia and José Manuel sought and found inspiration in various musical traditions and genres, with flamenco as a thread. Mujer_Klórica has been presented in various formats on stage in Spain, Canada, Morocco, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium. Today Mujer_Klórica is in De Centrale. A flamenco homage to the woman!