The band was formed in 1998 by bass player Oleg Ruvinov. In 1999, the band adopted name “New Age Flamenco” and practiced frequently playing popular tunes by Gipsy Kings, Carlos Santana, Armik and others. Their music reflects a strong Latin connection, Mediterranean folk, European roots, jazz, and a gypsy soul blended with the infectious rhythms of modern music
Malo Castro, voted twice as “Best Percussionist” at the Kitsap County Music Awards, he adds the Latin clave and spice to music ensembles throughout the Northwest! With authenticity and keep musicality, Malo is comfortable playing in musical settings from rock, to jazz to Latin and Brazilian music. Malo leads WEPA a five piece Band playing
Latin Jazz New York style.
Marvin Hoffert Jazz has been performing in Kitsap County since 2015, when Marvin Hoffert migrated West to Bainbridge Island and hooked up with Carson Farley and Gary Grout. We love the beautiful tunes that we grew up with – the Ballads and the Swing Tunes from The Great American Songbook, the lilting Bossa’s that swept out of Brazil, and the moving Clave’s that danced in from Cuba. We play these tunes with respect, but also add some features of more modern jazz – We call this straight ahead jazz with a contemporary flare.