Luna Blanca – Richard Hecks and His Nouveau Flamenco Band –
Luna Blanca, based in Bocholt, Germany, was founded at the beginning of the millennium by acoustic lead guitarist Richard Hecks. The other mainstay of the group is pianist Helmut Graebe, who joined the group just before they recorded the first album, and now co-writes the music with Hecks. Both on record and in concert they add other musicians as needed to create their sound with drums, percussion, bass, one or more acoustic rhythm guitars, organ, occasional vocalizing, etc. On the last four albums, Hecks and Graebe have been joined by rhythm guitarist Bino Dola (a flamenco player much respected throughout Europe) and Clemens Paskert (who adds bass, percussion and additional keyboards). Paskert, who runs Capitol Sound Studios where the CDs were recorded, also serves as arranger and co-producer with Hecks.
"El Dorado Best World Album 2012" (ZMR Music Awards, New Orleans May 2013)
Helmed by classical guitarist Richard Hecks, Luna Blanca has become one of the most popular nouveau flamenco groups in the world. Their 2012 release, El Dorado, was the recipient of the Best World Album award by Zone Music Reporter for that year, and it’s likely that the latest musical confection, Pirates Bay, will receive similar accolades and recognition. In addition to outstanding performances, this music overflows with joy, adventure, and a strong sense of fun. Guest artists are Uwe Gronau on organ on two tracks, Davina-Carolin on piano on one track, and Gundy and Davina-Carolin the singing mermaids on the only track that includes vocals. Through careful sound engineering, each song tells a mystical story with various details.
Pirates Bay begins with “Carolina,” a wonderful opener with a swaying Latin rhythm that evokes images of warm, tropical breezes, wide sandy beaches, and plenty of relaxing sunshine. “Pirates and Mermaids” is a track with female voices taking the role of sirens luring the sailors with the only vocals on the album. Catchy rhythms, more beautiful guitar playing, and the haunting vocals make this one a stand out. “Hopeless Chance” ends this excellent album with a poignant, wistful guitar ensemble piece that touches the heart.
Expanding on the idea that instruments can be used to capture a particular mood, Luna Blanca continues to captivate listeners and use carefully crafted melodies to evoke emotional response. The music of Luna Blanca has the ability to reach listeners of all ages through its energy and attention to detail.
Available on all online music vendors including iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, the music displays Luna Blanca's knack for blending the world of fantasy with the power of emotional physical instrumentation. For more information on Richard Hecks and his Nouveau Flamenco Band, Luna Blanca, check out their website at www.LunaBlancaMusic.com.