Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm Palace Theatre, Paignton
Since their formation in Valencia in 2012, original fusion project Solana have been enchanting listeners with their rhythmically complex and harmonically rich music inspired by folk traditions from around the world.
Solana’s sound is led by flutes, violin, accordion and Spanish guitar, and takes influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Paco de Lucía and Dhafer Youssef.
Although now based in Bristol they were started out as an itinerant acoustic folk trio. Now a quintet their music has also developed almost beyond recognition. There is no denying the mass of influences at play throughout the album from folk and celtic influences to Latin, African and Klezmer with jazz and Afro-funk bubbling to the surface.
When not playing music, the members of Solana can be found making chutney, cycling long distances, and correcting people who mispronounce “paella”.
The line-up comprises Tamsin Elliott – flute, whistles, accordion, Rowen Elliott – violin, effects, Elio Arauz de Marcos – drums, percussion, vocals, Henry Edmonds – electric and double bass, JP Wolfgang – Spanish guitar
music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk
and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly
invigorating” — Songlines
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” — Folk Radio UK