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Come check us at 4pm as we (Maestro Jose Tanaka and Company) perform some Guajiras with Colombiana por Buleria, Tangos, and spicing it up with some excellent palmas performance. We even have special guest Manuel Gutierrez on cante! Plus, sign up for Jose Tanaka's Compas Class at 12:30pm to get your rhythm going. It's going... Continue Reading →
Wow. Incredible talent and a nice guy, too. Learned a lot in his class. Once in a lifetime opportunity! Gracias Maestro! Ole!
Had the opportunity to perform for a private party in La Mirada, CA with my flamenco sisters. Sevillanas, Tangos, and some Bulerias. Not my first time performing, but first time as the solo musician. One of the members of the audience made an illustration of us as we performed. How cool! What a blast! More... Continue Reading →
Once again!! I'll be performing Sunday, April 28th at the Feria de Abril in Los Alamitos, CA with my Flamenco brothers and sisters of the Tanaka Flamenco Dojo! This is an all-day festival honoring the Andalusian fair held at the same time in Seville, Spain. Throughout the day, many dance companies from across Southern California will... Continue Reading →
A little late in posting this but I've had the great opportunity to perform in 2018 with my Flamenco brothers and sisters under the direction the great Jose Tanaka. It's great learning experience as we move toward creating a troupe and continuing the legacy of this beautiful art form: Flamenco. Ole!
Lately, I've been taking cante classes (Flamenco singing) classes by the great José Cortés Fernández. It's very rare to have an opportunity to have a professional cante singer teach you some basics and have you perform for him. I don't plan on being a Flamenco singer but it's a great way to better understand the... Continue Reading →
It's been a long road trying out strings. I'm settled with a combo set. La Bella Flamenco - Hard Tension - Bass set La Bella Classical - Medium Hard Tension - Treble set 2001 La Bella Flamenco (Hard bass) - Classical (Medium Hard trebles) Note Inches lbs E 0.0290 15.40 B 0.0335 11.88 G 0.0410... Continue Reading →
Big day on Sunday April 15th. I'll be performing with my Flamenco brothers and sisters under the direction of maestro Jose Tanaka at the Feria de Abril in Los Alamitos, CA. We have several numbers including Fandangos, Bulerias, a beautiful Alegrias, and a guitar ensemble of Tangos/Bulerias. Get you tickets here!
I've contacted renowned guitar luthier Boaz Elkayam to create for me a masterpiece concert Flamenco guitar. He painstakingly crafts these instruments with incredible detail to sound and craftsmanship. He is known in the Flamenco community to have made guitars for Flamenco maestros Jose Tanaka and Adam del Monte, to name a couple. I've personally played two... Continue Reading →
One of the things I have been struggling since the beginning is my right hand technique. Coming from 30+ years of playing electric/acoustic with a pick, switching over to Flamenco has been tough. One of the aides I have employed is the usage of KT (kinesiology) tape. Since I play a lot of sports, I... Continue Reading →