For the man known simply as ‘Venezuela’s Flute’, the rhythmic precision and versatility of the flute know no bounds. Huáscar Barradas will make his way to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) this month to delight classical music enthusiasts with his brand of Neo-folklore, which is a combination of jazz, classic and contemporary musical styles. The flute virtuoso, who was the principal flutist in the Venezuelan National Philharmonic, is joined by fellow countrymen Elvis Martinez on bass and Jorge Polanco on cuatro in this special DFP showcase.
Barradas is known for his penchant for experimentation in his compositions, with the rap-infused rendition of Venezuelan classic ‘El Curruchá-Amalia Rosa’, modern take on ‘Esmollejatus Joropus’ and ‘Tonada de Luna Llena’ in flamenco style proving to be fan favourites. The well-travelled composer has graced many a music festival in recent years, including the Hamburg Flute Festival, Turkey’s International Folk Festival and the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, and the addition of Malaysia to that list is music to our ears. Wong Boon Ken