Maurice Leenaars Flamenco Group
A flamenco group is traditionally based on a guitarist, a singer, a dancer and maybe a palmero; the one who is helping the musicians and dancer by rhythmic hand clapping. A trio or quartet like this is called cuadro flamenco. Flamenco is one of world’s most exciting and therefore most populair arts, ever alive and in constant development. From the 1960’s / ‘70’s flamenco in Spain became influenced by other music forms. Untill now, flamenco-strange musical instuments are being attached to the cuadro. The wooden percussion-box or cajón meanwhile is considered a fully familliar flamenco instrument. Its function is to complement or to subsitute the palmero. Other relatively new family members are the electric bass guitar, the saxophone or flute, and nowadays the harmonica as well.
Maurice Leenaars his Flamenco Group can be consisting two guitars, vocal, dance, saxophone, violin, bass guitar, percussion. Apart from Maurice, the members could vary. Maurice’s crossover-style is exceptional in the world of flamenco. It is distiguished from others by its very natural fusion of musical influences, surrounded by the spirit of the bulería, the rumba, etcetera. Maurice gets more and more recognized as one of the great flamenco artists, both for his most intimate solo-works as for his more extravert band music.