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Juan Benavides Group blends traditional and new Flamenco and Middle Eastern styles with a modern soul/rock edge. Founder, Juan Benavides, hails from Bogota, Colombia. He studied flamenco guitar in Spain and toured extensively throughout the US. His music has been featured on several Putumayo collections. Oud player, Aaron Kacmarek, wandered the world from Senegal to India exploring and incorporating some of the oldest musical traditions in the world. Native Colombian, Juan David de Narvaez, comes from a long line of musicians, and after immigrating to the US focused his efforts on the cajon. Asheville native, vocalist Whitney Moore, spent four years studying and performing in Mexico and Spain and brings a touch of blue-eyed soul to her interpretation of Latin styles. Ryan Oslance plays drum kit primarily with avant-garde progressive rock band, The Ahleuchatistas, although he honed his hidden talent for latin grooves while traveling in Spain. The result of their collaboration is a fascinating musical exploration that begins in Andalusia and encompasses the rhythmic and melodic variety of a surprising array of influences from all corners of the globe.