August 27, 2021
Honey Alice Sturdy
Honey Alice Sturdy is a Professional Flamenco Dancer born in Gourock, Scotland and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A trained classical ballet dancer for 15 years, Honey was driven to pursue studies in Flamenco dance in Southern Spain, after getting a taste of Flamenco in her childhood city of Calgary. That marked the beginning of an 18-year journey in the studies and professional development of Flamenco dance. The trip to Southern Spain in 2002 landed her in Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of Flamenco, and later to other areas such as Seville, Madrid, Caceres, Algeciras and Granada, where she studied for five years. In 2017 she spent one year in Seville where she began to pursue Flamenco professionally and continued training at the Juan Polvillo Flamenco Dance Academy. She returned to Calgary in 2018 where she has been doing non-stop performances, in venues such as: The Cornerstone Café, Without Papers Pizza, The Ship n’ Anchor Pub, The Kingfisher Seafood Restaurant, Kensington Pub, Swans Pub, The Dandelion Café, The Good Earth Café, Hexters Pub,The Boulevard Cafe, The King Eddy Blues Bar, Rio Bar n’ Grill, The Eden, and Mikeys on 12th. In August of 2019 Honey had a lifetime opportunity to perform for five days at the world- renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Honey looks forward to continuing her worldwide career in Professional Flamenco dance.
La Mosca have received significant buzz across Canada, attracting large and enthusiastic audiences.
Bandleader/bassman Marvin Kee (aka ‘the fly’) had been touring across Canada and the USA since 2000 with his previous rhumba flamenco outfit, Los Morenos, playing over 3000 shows and selling over 20,000 units of their three studio albums. Since his departure from the group in 2016, he has since joined forces with guitar virtuoso Manuel Jara, a Juno recipient who has composed and performed with multi Juno Award winner Narada artist Oscar Lopez. Marvin and Manuel have tailored a new collective with flamenco guitar player David Matyas (12 Musas Flamenco Ensemble/Salero Calo) and drummer Brent Van Dusen (Conundrum/Youssou Seck) to form, the fly…LA MOSCA.
They debuted in 2016, supporting Miles Electric Band at Arts Commons in Calgary. Since seizing that opportunity, La Mosca has been catapulted to the forefront of an (again) burgeoning Western Canadian performance community. They are now consistently invited to play for ever-larger, more enthusiastic, and more diverse audiences. Whether for corporate events, late-night club shows, theatrical galas, institutional functions or private parties, large or small, they never fail to entertain and get the party on edge. They’ve recently been summoned to rock out Calgary’s Canada Day celebration at Fort Calgary last year and have had numerous invitations to perform at the National Music Centre.
La Mosca’s versatility, professionalism and dedication to craft is clear. Add to that the sheer amount of talent, passion and experience shared in equal measure among these gentlemen and the sum is singular. Simple joy.
La Mosca’s sound is not easily categorised or defined. Their influences vary to the likes of Paco De Lucia, Rodrigo Y Gabriel, Funkadelic and Earth Wind and Fire. The result upon hearing them however is without peer. They sound like La Mosca. Not funk…under-funk. Not soul…every-soul. Jazzm. Gypsick. Flamencool. Journey and arrival. Jarrival. Desire and satisfaction. Satis-fire. La Mosca are best described as ‘Spanish erotica laid on a bed of groove‘.