Swan Lake Guest Artist: Liron Man

The show is coming up fast and we are so excited to be working with the talented and amazing musician:

Liron Man

We are so excited! The show is only two weeks away! Dancers are rehearsing day and night, perfecting Karen’s incredibly choreographies and musicians are arriving, bringing the movements to life with their own unique talents and musicality.

Today’s feature musician is Liron Man, a talented handpan player and guitarist from Israel. With his unique sound and skill, Liron is bringing helping us bring Swan Lake to entirely new cultural realm. Since the age of four, his passion for music has filled his life with sound and creativity. When Liron discovered flamenco, he instantly fell in love with the passionate rhythms and songs of the Spanish dance. Today, he is living and studying in Andalusia and is performing with his flamenco guitar and his hang drum, combining and creating flamenco music.

We can’t wait to hit the stage with Liron Man!

Contact the studio today to get your tickets to Karen Flamenco’s Swan Lake!

Liron Man(Image via lironman.net)


Flamenco 101: Cajón

What is a cajón and where did it come from?

The cajón is a percussion instrument that originated from Peru. Traditional flamenco actually had very little percussion and didn’t extend much beyond the palmas, footwork and any percussive guitar playing (guitar drumming).

Although it came Peru, if you go far back enough in history, the cajón actually originated from the Americas during the Spanish occupation. There are theories that the cajón was a variation of boxlike African instruments and was played by Peruvian slaves using Spanish crates or dresser drawers. Another theory claims that the cajón was simply a box that was played in defiance of the Spanish ban to colonial music in predominantly African areas; these boxes were easily disguised as stools or seats to avoid being labelled as musical instruments.

Most likely, the cajón was born from both of these theories – from African origins and Spanish oppression. It wasn’t until the renowned, and recently passed, Paco de Lucia introduced it to flamenco in 1977 that the popular cajón flamenco was born. What makes the cajón flamenco different from the cajón Peruano is that Paco de Lucia and his friend and Brazilian percussionist, Rubem Dantas, added guitar strings to the interior of the playing surface, creating that snare effect so typical to flamenco music.

To learn more about the history, sounds and playing the cajón flamenco:

Here’s a great video that introduces the cajón flamenco, gives a general overview and examples of how it is used in flamenco music:

Read more at framedrums.net