Provence, the southeastern region of France, is known for its painterly sunlight, mistral wind, scenery, wine, food and ambience, and now it serves as the title and inspiration for the fourth album by the German act Luna Blanca, which over the past decade has become one of the most popular new-flamenco groups in the world. That recording, also titled PROVENCE, is currently in your hands.
Initially inspired by nouveau flamenco maestro Ottmar Liebert, Luna Blanca now writes all of their own material. Combining interesting rhythmic and percussion patterns in the background along with various keyboards (piano, organ, synth or accordion), the group is best-known for the lead acoustic flamenco-style guitar playing of founder Richard Hecks who performs simple, but soulful and extremely melodic lead-lines that thrill audiences.
While you are listening, close your eyes and imagine you are visiting France or Spain, maybe walking along the beach, or driving an open-top sports-car along the winding roads, and let the music breeze by you like a soft mistral wind.