Damian Wright is an ARIA nominated 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 . 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 has also composed and performed music for Theatre and film. In 2012 Damian completed a masters degree in Contemporary Music Improvisation at Macquarie University, Sydney.
"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
Some repertoire includes:
The music of Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Diego del Morao and origional compositions amongst many others.