Encanto consists of Bruno Novi, lead acoustic guitar, vocals, Kim Novi, rhythm acoustic guitar, vocals and guest artist Papa V. on percussion.
Their Flamenco Fusion music is a blending of Classical Flamenco with Central, South American and Caribean styles, very similar to the music of known bands The Gypsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, and Strunz and Farah.
As a kid, Bruno listened to his family playing a very wide gamut of music from Classical to Jazz to Rock and
many "world/ethnic" pieces from many countries and many continents. His older brothers Carlo and Jon led
the musical expedition and became accomplished professionals on sax and keyboards playing with major
influential groups--Carlo with "South Side Johnny" and Jon with "Los Sinners" (whose members joined
"Canned Heat" and other groups).
Bruno started on acoustic guitar as a teen, with his main guitar influences being those of George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. With only a handful of guitar lessons in traditional Mexican folk and tons of listening and learning time, he taught himself by ear and went professional by the time he was in high-school.
He continued to learn different guitar styles such as Jazz from George Benson, Fusion from Al Dimeola and John McLaughlin, as well as R&B, Soul/Funk and Pop. With these new skills he went on the road for several years doing shows in the casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as covering dozens of hotels and clubs throughout much of the U.S.A.
Later feeling and tapping into his Spanish roots, he began listening to and learning the music of Ottmar Liebert, one of the originators of Nuevo Flamenco. This artist was responsible for launching Bruno's solo career as a Nuevo Flamenco guitarist.
Kim was a guitar student of Bruno's and after some intense lessons of Spanish acoustic guitar, she started performing with him, thus forming "Encanto". To complete the sound a percussionist/drumnmer was added; it was marvelous and just what Bruno was looking for to complete "Encanto".
Encanto performs many originals of their own and some covers from groups such as Ottmar Liebert, and the Gypsy Kings. Encanto provides a great background setting of Latin/Spanish mood for wine tasting events, private parties, weddings, special events and restaurant/bars. They have performed mainly in Central California and the Central California Coast including Birdstone Winery, Vina Robles Tasting Room, Calipaso Wine and Villa, Broken Earth Winery, Costa De Oro Winery, Harris Ranch and many more.
The Encanto band is available in several formats; solo, duo, trio and quartet.