After extended national touring in 2011 Australia's most internationally recognized Flamenco Artist Vikingo de Jerez is back in Melbourne to present Vikingo's Pena a major Australian flamenco event to be held monthly at The Spanish Club on the last Saturday of every month. We are excited to welcome back to Australia and to the group Michael Kontochristos our Master Percussionist who has been performing and touring in Europe. It is with great pleasure we also announce a new member Adnaan Baraky Master Oud player from Syria, Adnaan was living in Adelaide but has recently moved to Melbourne to work with Vikingo. The new group will be very exciting musicially and will also feature the Master violinist Alex Burkoy on occasion. We are also very proud to put forward for your reading pleasure the review from the Sydney Morning Herald for Vikingo's Packed out show at The Basement in Sydney http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/little-strummer-boy-grows-into-flamenco-master-20111201-1o91c.html Presenting the new group for 2012 performances & Touring Maestro Michael Kontochristos : Master Percussionist (Greece) Maestro Adnaan Baraky : Master Oud Player (Syria) Maestro Peter Vadiveloo : Ethnic Percussionist (India) Flamenco Dancers : Laura Uhe (Australia) Aya Kitaoji (Japan) Chantelle Fernandez (Egypt) Special Guest Belly Dancer Vanessa Ackermann (Germany) Vikingo de Jerez Reviews "The most complete flamenco guitarist this country has produced" Sydney Morning Herald Vikingo de Jerez has been gaining International recognition for his original Flamenco" The Age "If you are looking for something new and exciting in Flamenco, Vikingo de Jerez is likely to fit the bill" The Adelaide Review "One of the countries finest" Australian Guitar "Stellar guitar work from this talented Australian" Guitar International USA "Vikingo de Jerez will be flying the flamenco flag for Australia for a long time to come" Beat Magazine VIKINGO'S PENA @ The Spanish Club Melbourne 57-61 Johnston Street Fitzroy VIC 3065 Tickets $30 available online soon. Vikingo’s shows at the Spanish Club have held up to 300 people therefore Pre sale tickets are available on the night between 5pm and 8pm at the concert room door.
Sounds Like: Paco De Lucia, Pepe Habichuela, Juan Habichuela Nieto, Moraíto Chico, Diego del morao
Vikingo de Jerez is a self-taught flamenco guitarist steeped in the pure Gypsy style. A sorrowful lyricism courses through his playing and composing, while he performs with a fiery technical facility to equal the best. Audiences are simultaneously thrilled and spellbound by performanc...See Full Bio
"Vikingo de Jerez Aka Rowland Schultz may be the most complete flamenco guitarist this country has produced... The brilliant, trebly bite of Schultz's playing perked up the ears and straightened one's spine... Armed with this striking sound Schultz revealed a deep grasp of flamenco and a formidable facility on the instrument. His ferocious drive and sorrowful lyricism fused into that elusive quality of duende - intensity in the dance with death - without which flamenco becomes bloodless and academic"