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Afro-Peruvian Cajón Ensemble

The cajón is making rounds through flamenco, rock, and all over Latin American. It’s a wooden box percussion instrument with a wide bass sound like a djembe and a slap as ripe as a conga. The ensemble also includes bongos, congas, cowbell, clave, cajita (little box worn around the neck) and the donkey jaw. With these instruments learn basic techniques and fundamental rhythms of Afro-Peruvian and flamenco music.

Raúl Fernández is a native Chicagoan who studies and performs a wide range of contemporary and traditional styles of music from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Raúl discovered the cajón while playing traditional music of Latin America and as result dedicated himself to learning the various uses both traditional and modern of the cajón. He has studied with percussionist from Peru Negro and various flamenco cajón teachers in the flamenco genre. Raul started teaching at the Old Town School in 2000.

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