Hispano-Dutch saxophonist Bernard van Rossum founded his Flamenco Big Band in 2011. Not just a big band, but a 21-piece jazz ensemble conceived around a core of flamenco protagonists. In Van Rossum’s compositions, flamenco harmonies and rhythms are taken to another level through colorful orchestration and the dynamic range of the big band. The Flamenco Big Band won the first prize at the prestigious MeerJazz International Big Band Competition 2014, where Van Rossum himself was granted the award for best soloist. Their critically acclaimed debut album Jaleo Holandés was presented at the Flamenco Biënnale. ‘I heard some new territory that night. Modern, innovative, and highly skilful composition that did not diminish in any way the soul of flamenco’ (Kenny Werner). Participation in Keep An Eye The Records led to the recording of the second album Luz de Luna, featuring guest musicians Ben van Gelder and former Paco de Lucia band members Antonio Serrano and David de Jacoba. ‘Van Rossum managed to create not just a sound, but a musical idiom that’s rock solid’ (Jazzenzo). ‘His engaging compositions and arrangements are awash in perception and authenticity’ (All About Jazz).