Location: New York, USA
Style: Flamenco, World Fusion
Description: Eric Kamen is currently # 1 Flamenco music artist on Myspace. His style is a fusion of World, Nouveau Flamenco and New Age music ... heavy on Spanish and Flamenco guitar .... on top of some very hot Hip Hop and R&B beatz.

Native Unit, the debut Instrumental CD from musician and composer Eric Kamen, is a fusion of World, Nouveau Flamenco and New Age music ... heavy on Spanish and Flamenco guitar .... on top of some very hot Hip Hop and R&B beatz. It's a sound you've never heard before. Native Unit is a big hit with the critics and fans alike. The project won numerous awards since it was released including MusesMuse.com's 'Best Instrumental CD of the Year', as well as 'Best Instrumental Song of the Year' for the track 'Mykonos At Midnight' The project is currently playing on numerous Internet as well as terrestrial radio stations ... and is selling quite well. Following on the success of Native Unit, Eric has just released a sequel to Native Unit ... continuing to develop this new style of World Fusion Nouveau Flamenco music. The CD is entitled Eric 2.0. Word is ... it has it's own vibe ... different from the first CD ... and is hot hot hot!
Eric def set his sites on creating a new style of music ... one that captures the power and beauty of all of the music he has loved over his life. The music is, at the same time, beautiful and comforting ... yet intriguing and provoking ... very much it's own thing. Most fans and critics comment that they've never heard anything quite like it ... a blend of very diverse influences ... that works so well together. One 17 year old Myspace fan said '... your music is revolutionary' ... just what Eric is shooting for!
While not intended to be a political statement, one can't help but notice how extraordinarily well the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and pure American Pop R&B strains of music blend so well together.
In a world so shattered by conflict, Eric's music is a message about the unity of mankind and the universal language of music

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CD: Ave Maria
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Beautiful New Age rendition of different versions of Ave Maria complimented with music by Beethoven, Frank and Alexsey Zakharenko.

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Winner of the Best Instrumental CD of the Year 2005 Award
author: MusesMuse.com
Eric's blend of Flamenco guitar, bass, piano, and Indian sitar, with commercial, contemporary grooves is almost scientific, and nothing short of phenomenal. This project will appeal to hardcore hip-hop fans, jazz enthusiasts, and world music lovers alike...

author: Gian Fiero
What happens when you blend contemporary r&b and hip hop beats with some very serious World music, which features Flamenco guitar, other world stringed instruments and a touch of acoustic piano? You get a flavorful project that's musically captivating. Eric Kamen was born and raised in New York City, and is also a successful r&b/hip-hop producer. He programmed the beats and plays every instrument on this project including Flamenco guitar, bass, piano, Indian sitar, as well as Greek and Turkish bouzouki. The blend of these instruments with commercial, contemporary grooves is almost scientific, and nothing short of phenomenal. The most commercial track, "Mykonos At Midnight,"emanates sensuality on a bed of percolating beats and melodic guitar playing. It's infectious and would surely light up radio switch boards with requests. This project needs to be consumed in it's entirety because the tracks blend together harmoniously, and sweetly, like chocolate, cararmel, and nuts - all of which are tasty on their own but when blended, are more delectable.

About flamenco guitar
Flamenco guitar is a type of guitar, built for the purpose of playing Flamenco music. The traditional flamenco guitar is made of Spanish cypress and spruce, and is lighter in weight and a bit smaller than a classical guitar, to give the sound a "brighter" and percussive quality. Volume has traditionally been very important in flamenco construction, as a guitarist needed to be heard over the sound of the dancers' nailed shoes. The flamenco guitar, in contrast to the classical, is also equipped with a tap plate, called a golpeador. This is often made of transparent plastic, similar to a pick guard, and protects the body of the guitar from the rhythmic finger taps, called golpes. Originally, flamenco guitars were made with wooden tuning pegs similar to a violin. Some guitarists still prefer these pegs to the classical style tuning gears. It's widely accepted that more weight in the headstock can improve sustain, unsurprisingly, less weight can result in quicker attack; a desirable quality in a flamenco guitar. This could explain why many flamenco players still cling to the traditional pegs. The action or the height of the strings above the fingerboard is generally lower (<3mm at the 12th fret) than that of a classical guitar. This aids faster playing, especially during fast picado passages, but can lead to some fret buzz-also a frequent feature of the traditional 'flamenco' sound. In short, flamenco guitars are better suited for flamenco music than classical guitars. Some modern flamenco guitars (flamenca negra), however, use similar materials to high-end classical guitars. These guitars hope to capture some of the sustain achieved by concert calibre classical guitars while retaining the volume and attack synonymous with flamenco.

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