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Richard Tedesco, a Melbourne-based flamenco guitarist, is a central figure in the Australian Flamenco scene. With a career spanning over three decades, he has consistently upheld the highest standards of musical excellence. As the Musical Director of the acclaimed flamenco group Arte Kanela and a co-founder of the Kanela Flamenco Bar, Tedesco has played an integral role in shaping the Australian Flamenco landscape.
Throughout his career, Richard has been an ambassador for the art of flamenco guitar, contributing significantly to the multicultural tapestry of Australia's arts and music scene. His dedication to preserving and evolving the tradition of flamenco has solidified his reputation as a stalwart of the genre.
Richard's artistic contributions extend beyond his mastery of the guitar. He has been involved in numerous productions, including serving as the Musical Director for "The House of Bernarda Alba" and as the Artistic Director of "Duende" at the Melbourne Concert Hall. His performances have graced prestigious festivals such as Womad Adelaide, Womad NZ, Byron Bay Blues Fest (with Cat Empire), and various international festivals in Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne, cementing his status as one of Australia's foremost flamenco guitarists.
Tedesco's collaboration with Arte Kanela has not only brought the beauty of flamenco to the stage but also inspired two remarkable films directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("El Toque de un Beso") and Rhys Graham ("Una Noche de Verano"). These films showcase his ability to evoke profound emotions and tell compelling stories through his music.
Richard Tedesco's approach to the guitar is characterised by a profound respect for tradition combined with a deep desire to convey stories through his music. His dedication to mastering the technical intricacies, expressing profound emotions, and exploring various rhythmic approaches has allowed him to stay true to the authentic and spontaneous nature of flamenco.
In Richard's view, tradition and innovation go hand in hand, enabling true exploration, improvisation, and interpretation of both the instrument and the music he so passionately represents. His unwavering commitment to the art form ensures that flamenco continues to thrive and captivate audiences for generations to come.

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