Alicia Carrasco and José Manuel León both originate from Algeciras in the province of Cádiz.
Alicia Carrasco started her singing career at the side of guitar player Paco Martin. With her vivid voice and her free approach to the genre she brings the pure flamenco to life. She won several prizes and cooperated with great names, such as Carmen Linares and Ginesa Ortega (and even with Isabel Pantoja, but that is a different story). José Manuel Léon began playing guitar at the age of 13, under the expert guidance of his father Salvador Andrades José. He releases his first album Sirimusa in 2006. The album was launched live at the ‘Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla’ (ed. 2006) and then raises high sums on 'Malaga and Flamenco' (2007) and the 'Festival de Jerez' (ed. 2008). The following years a lot of interesting collaborations will follow. Both flamenco pur sang (including Carmen Linares and Gerardo Nuñez) as excursions to jazz (including Kikke Perdomo, Martin leiton and Borjan Barruetta) and the experimental electronic music (Artomático) passed the revue.
Alicia Carrasco and José Manuel Léon also collaborated on the project ‘Rosa de papel’ by Myrddin.
Since 2014, they collaborate in Mujer_Klórica (with underscore), a project in which diversity, equality and women's rights are central, and to which many committed musicians participated. For this particularly beautiful project, Alicia and José Manuel sought and found inspiration in various musical traditions and genres, with flamenco as a thread. Mujer_Klórica has been presented in various formats on stage in Spain, Morocco, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium. Today Mujer_Klórica is in De Centrale. A flamenco homage to the woman!
Alicia Carrasco - vocals; Karen Lugo - dance; Jose Manuel Leon - guitar; Audun Waage - trumpet - Ruven Ruppik - percussion