Inspired by gypsy and Flamenco rhythms, and with lush servings of jazz, blues, Latin, soul and funk, Melbourne’s Mietta has managed to carve out a unique place in the Australian music scene. With a burning desire to consume music, Mietta travelled to Madrid where she spent time performing and recording with some of Spain’s finest Flamenco artists. On her return to Australia, she resumed writing music and performing on increasingly bigger stages as she watched her profile grow. Fresh to the shelves is the songbird’s debut album, A Mad Distance. Work on the album commenced in 2011. In conjunction with composer and producer Damien Charles, Mietta rounded up some of Melbourne’s finest Flamenco and jazz exponents for the release. Main Bar, Ballarat – July 26.