Flamenco clapping

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This workshop is aimed at all people who want to learn flamenco palmas no matter the level. The participants will be divided according to their level and exercises will be carried out according to the level of each one.




We will see the different ways of playing the claps, both deaf and sonorous, as well as understanding the times and their meaning, learning the metric structure and accents of the different flamenco styles.

The exclusive accompaniment of palmas in flamenco is a formidable and unprecedented rhythmic accompaniment, difficult to perform due to its complexity and variety, and which has become in its own right one of the distinctive signs of the flamenco genre.

We will discover how claps are played in the accompaniment of cante, baile, falsetas and the rest of flamenco styles. Rhythmic patterns, closures and setbacks.



Born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1983, Ana Crismán is the first and only person in the world who plays and composes flamenco with a harp. She is unique.

The passion for flamenco since childhood, together with her musical knowledge, have made it possible for her to develop a purely flamenco language with an instrument hitherto alien to this artistic expression.

Ana Crismán has found new nuances and possibilities in flamenco, proposing, for the first time, the harp as a solo instrument and accompaniment to singing and dancing. With a purely flamenco language, the artist creates and develops self-taught techniques to convert, for the first time, the harp into a flamenco instrument, discovering the particular expressiveness and depth of this instrument in the different styles of this art. Create and open a new path, original and absolutely innovative.

Ana Crismán has a professional degree as a pianist from the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Cádiz and is also a graduate in History and Music Sciences from the University of Granada. He has been a music teacher for more than 10 years in public institutions (conservatories, primary and secondary school, and university), an activity that has ceased to devote himself completely to the harp. As a pianist he has collaborated with different groups, performing repertoires of classical, contemporary and jazz among others. Researcher and fan of flamenco since her childhood, she has become part of the creation of specialized courses in flamenco for the University of Granada: (Flamenco: cante, baile, toque y compaás, CEVUG, 2007), and has published articles in the Journal of the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco: “La Nueva Alboreá”, 2010, “The Rhythm of Flamenco Rhythm” Since 2016 he has been studying self-taught the harp possibilities creating a repertoire with his own compositions, as well as arrangements and adaptations, covering Tarantas, Rondeñas, Seguiriyas, Soleá, Granaínas, Malaguenas, Alegrías, Bulerías, Tientos, Tangos, Guajiras, Vidalitas, Fandangos …. Pieces that can be heard on radio programs such as “Duendeando” on Radio 3 or “Gypsies” on Radio 5, both belonging to RTVE. His Arpa Jonda has already played in national and international territory.

He has been present at the Teatro Villamarta de Jerez accompanying flamenco artists from the neighborhood of Santiago and La Plazuela on multiple occasions, both on the off and on the official program of the Flamenco Festival of Jerez. Ana Crismán has performed in emblematic venues such as the Palacio de Carlos V in Granada, forming part of the programming of the Alhambra and Generalife Patronage for the day of Andalusia in 2018, and has been with her show at the Festival of Music and Dance of Granada (Fex). During 2018, Ana Crismán has brought the flamenco harp to international festivals such as the Sfinks Mixed Festival in Belgium or the Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo in Italy. Currently he receives constant offers from renowned artists and companies from the flamenco world and accompanies with his harp the Jerez-born cantaora Tomasa Guerrero “La Macanita”. She is part of the artistic cast produced and sponsored by the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art, and in January 2019 she premiered her show in New York, at the Teatro Repertorio Español, together with the dancer Anabel Veloso, having a more than positive acceptance by part of the public and the critic.

• 28 March, 2017

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