Chantelle Cano dancing Flamenco with Arte Kanela.
Chantelle Cano dancing Flamenco with Arte Kanela. Contributed

Arte Kanela is a spicy treat for Mullum Music Festival

ARTE Kanela is Spanish for Cinnamon Art; the name embodies the exotic flavours the Flamenco troupe will bring to the Mullum Music Festival.

Born in Melbourne, Juan Carlos 'Johnny' Tedesco is the son of a flamenco dancer from Madrid and an Italian man.

Mum was a flamenco dancer

"My mother's mother, Dolores Ferreira, was a singer in Spain at a variety venue called Teatro Circo Price, although it was originally a circus then it became a variety theatre," Tedesco said.

"She used to work there and she also met my grandfather there, Pascual Moya, and he was a very well-known guitarist in Madrid," he said.

"That's how it all started for us, and then my mother Conchita met my father, who really loved flamenco. It was really weird for this Italian kid to be so in love with flamenco, but he was."

Never had a choice

Tedesco said he never had a choice whether to dance Flamenco or not.

"My family tells me that since I was a little kid I used to get up and dance every time I could," he said.

Tedesco said Arte Kanela was bringing a new show to Mullumbimby.

"Last New Year, we were at the beach playing guitar with my brother and some of our friends from the jazz world joined us, and everyone had their instruments," he said.

"From then, we decided we wanted to do not a fusion, but a musical dialogue between flamenco and other music styles.

"We incorporated dance to it and all of the sudden we had this story happening."

Event details

At the Mullumbimby Civic Hall tonight and tomorrow at 10.15pm



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