An eclectic mix of tunes called
"Flaperjalatin" Guitar Ensemble
FLAmenco PERsian JAzz LATIN
Sia Samimi - Guitar
Lloyd English - Guitar
Buff Allen - Drums, Percussion
Ken Lister - Double Bass
Carolyn Knight - Vocals
Diana English - Vocals
Neda Yamach - Violin
Two talented guitar players have teamed up to create a unique and exciting blend of styles they call Flaperjalatin, a mixture of Flamenco, Persian, Jazz and Latin. Lloyd English and Sia Samimi met in Edmonton, Alberta, in late 1999 and spent the next year working on each other's compositions and writing new ones. The result is Dances of the Veils, a collection of eclectic, energetic and soulful tunes with international flavours. It was released in May 2001.
Lloyd English has played the guitar since he was a child. He studied at Vancouver City College and took private coaching in voice and guitar. To expand his horizons he moved to Toronto to study classical guitar with Eli Kassner, jazz with Tony Braden and Steve Brundage, and harmony and composition with Darwin Aitken. During the 80s he performed in several pop bands and toured extensively throughout western Canada and Washington.
He later moved with his family to Victoria, B.C., where he opened a teaching studio and worked as a freelance guitarist/vocalist. Several years later he and his family moved to Salt Spring Island, where he hosted a weekly jazz night for five years, directed a community choir, promoted concerts, played and studied.
Lloyd currently lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, and with his wife, Diana, commutes by ferry daily to manage their music store and lesson studios in Sidney, on Vancouver Island. He also works as a freelance musician and producer.
When Sia Samimi was introduced to over 10,000 Edmonton Folk Music Festival fans in 1999, Cathy Ennis of CKUA radio called him "an astonishing master of the guitar. He amazes audiences with his unusual style -- influenced by Latin, jazz, classical and Persian roots". A signature of Sia's music is his use of the guitar as a percussion instrument. In 1998 Sia recorded his CD Dedications. The CD was nominated in the Best Instrumental Recording category at the 1999 Alberta ARIA awards, as well as in the Outstanding Instrumental Recording category at the 1999 Prairie Music Awards. Sia was invited to give 22 concerts at the 2000 World Expo Fair in Hanover, Germany, followed by several concerts in Hungary.
Recording of Dances of the Veils took place in early 2001 in Edmonton and at Randy Bachman's studio, The Barn, on Salt Spring. The guitar and violin tracks were recorded in Edmonton, and were then digitally transported to The Barn where Buff Allen and Ken Lister recorded the percussion and bass tracks. Vocal tracks were then added by Carolyn Knight and Diana English.