Trio Ojaleo

Trio Ojaleo is Steve Mullins (flamenco guitar, mandolin, and banjola), Sandra Wong (Swedish nyckelharpa, and violin) and Andy Skellenger (tabla, cajon, and African kora) performing “World Music Fusion,” inspired primarily by Spanish flamenco, but also influenced by Balkan music, African music, Indian music, Latin American music, jazz, classical music, and more. Ojaleo (pronounced Oh-ha-lay-oh) is a composite of the Arabic-derived Spanish word ojalá (which translates as “hopefully”) and jaleos, which are the calls of encouragement in flamenco (such as olé). Most of the music performed by the trio is composed by Steve Mullins, who has earned a PhD in ethnomusicology. He has been called “a legend in Colorado as a flamenco performer, composer and teacher….one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of world music “ (Jim Bailey Zuri Music), and his compositions have been described as “some of the most innovative and unique music to emerge from this area” (Jeff Stratton, Boulder Weekly). Sandra Wong and Andy Skellenger are virtuosos on their respective instruments and two of the most sought-after instrumentalists in Colorado. It is safe to say there is no other group in the world that performs on African kora, Swedish nyckelharpa, American banjola, and Spanish guitar in the same show. Trio Ojaleo performs music that has been called “highly inventive and involving,” “passionate, precise, and playful…..a deeply inspiring and pleasurable listening experience, ”romantic and surrealistic….entirely unique.”