Award-winning flutist and bansuri player, Lara Wong and flamenco guitarist, Melón Jiménez, make flamenco their universal musical language to traverse musical territories. Their music ebbs and flows with elegance and emotion, perfectly fusing the soul of flamenco with the harmonic brilliance of jazz and the rhythmic improvisations of Indian music. The groundbreaking couple first met on stage in 2018 in the flamenco jazz capital of Madrid, and ever since then, they have continued to grace audiences worldwide.
After completing her degree in classical and jazz performance at McGill University, Lara left Canada to study flamenco in its birthplace, Andalucia. Today, she is a prominent figure in the flamenco scene and is known for adapting the Indian bansuri flute into flamenco. In 2021, Lara made history when she won the first prize award for best flamenco instrumentalist at the Festival Cante de las Minas, making her the first foreign prize winner in the festival’s 60 year history.
Guitarist Melón Jiménez is both devoted to the tradition of his Andalusian gypsy roots and to the innovation of the flamenco guitar. His musical versatility has led to collaborations with artists of all genres such as: Anoushka Shankar, Richard Bona, Chuchito Valdes, and Jorge Pardo. He is one of Spain’s top flamenco guitarists and was a finalist in the Paco de Lucia Awards and National Flamenco Competition in Cordoba.