Andrius Masilionis - Lithuanian musician who stems from guitar is immersed in contemporary instrumental music and flamenco performance. He says "World music is my ground, because it connects the sounds around the globe stretching from Western classical to Latin American, Flamenco and Folk music."
Together with his first guitar teacher, Romualdas Klupšas, Andrius started performing in local venues at the age of 11. From a young age he's been exposed to composition, improvisation and various kinds of music such as jazz, blues & pop. Ultimately it lead to a close artistic relationship with his teacher that lasted almost a decade and together they had created, arranged and performed variety of concerts in Lithuania involving acoustic, flamenco and jazz guitar music.
Throughout their collaboration with Romualdas, Andrius discovered flamenco music which resonated with his muse and became a source of inspiration towards his musical development. It lead to his own compositions as he was first starting to get a grasp of this passionate musical style. As a solo guitarist his major breakthrough was first place at the National Guitar Competition at the age of 14. Throughout the years in native Lithuania, Andrius has received attention at various competitions and festivals as well as he was able to popularize flamenco guitar in the Baltic States.
In 2010, Andrius Masilionis moved to Spain, where he spent several years studying at “Fundacion Cristina Heeren De Arte Flamenco” (Spain, Sevilla), together with accomplished flamenco guitarists, such as Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortes, Eduardo Rebollar, etc.
In 2012, Andrius recorded his first album "Dama de Noche" that reflects both, his early free form instrumental compositions and growing interestin flamenco guitar. "Dama de Noche" involves unique threads of world music- slavic, latin - american, flamenco. Recorded between Spain and Colombia, this album features other musicians, such as, Juanmi Guzman (contrabass), Javier Teruel (cajon), Felipe Montoya (drums), Victor Hugo (Percusion).
Later, together with classical guitarist Jonas Kublickas, Andrius formed a guitar duet OCCO DUO and recorded an album "Confero de Música" connecting flamenco, baroque and renaissance repertoire. Since then, Andrius has been involved in various projects with other artists and musicians, such as Flamentango 2012, Confero de Música 2013, Insistente Estado 2015, Retruco 2016. In 2016, Andrius graduated with honor from music academy “Rafael Orozco” in Cordoba (Spain).
Today, Andrius lives in Spain, playing in local venues, as well as working and traveling around the world together with a dancer Jazmin Centeno, forming ARANDANO COMPAÑIA FLAMENCO and being involved in creation, composition and performance for their upcoming work Retruco, Dic 2016.