Save the dates
I am very happy to announce that I will play again with one of the greatest flamenco percussionists. Jose Manuel Ruiz Motos "Bandolero" is visiting Berlin to record for my upcoming solo album and we will be playing in Berlin on March 21st at the Peña Flamenca "Pata Negra" and on March 24th at b-flat jazz club.
Upcoming solo album
My next solo album will be named Primavera en Berlin and will be released in autumn 2020. It has eight original own compositions: Alegría, Soleá, Bambera, Fandangos, Taranta, Minera, Bulerías, Tangos. Collaborating artists are: Bandolero (percussion), Morenito hijo (vocal), Juan Cárdenas (vocal), Tom Auffarth (bass), Roland Satterwhite (violin), Alaa Zouiten (oud), Rüdiger Krause (vocal, jazz-guitar) and Jan von Klewitz (saxophone).
Rasgueo Tour 2020
May 2020 Tour is supported by the Senate of Berlin.
22.05 Bad Marienberg
02.07 Schloss Lübbenau
New flamenco guitar
I acquired recently a Viuda & Sobrinos made in the early 40s in Madrid. It is a negra one with an extraordinary sustain and incredible deep sound. I found this dream guitar during a visit at the Vintage Guitar World.
Akustik Gitarre magazine
Akustik Gitarre magazine published a nice story about me, written by Jens Hausmann. Visit my Facebook profile and read the story.
New videos at Siccas Guitars
I am thankful to Siccas Guitars for the beautiful videos. You can find them by visiting my YouTube channel.
Interview for JazzBluesNews
Rasgueo´s music is trying to achieve a balance between jazz´s intellectuality and flamenco´s emotionality
Rasgueo´s second Album
The second RASGUEO album, Echo, is out (Galileo-MC). Nine original compositions and an arrangement of Isaak Albeniz´s ASTURIAS. Recorded, mixed and mastered at rbb-Studio Berlin by Maria Suschke (Sound Supervisor), Bernd Bechthold (Sound Engineer) and Ulrich Hieber (Digital Cut). Produced for Kulturradio rbb by Ulf Drechsel.
FLAMENCO GUITAR LESSONS
more than twenty years of teaching experience
Nikos Tsiachris has been teaching guitar for more than twenty years both privately and at music schools. As a result of this experience he has developed his own teaching-concepts and strategies to enable students learning flamenco guitar. Probably one of the biggest challenges for the most students is to understand the flamenco rhythms, especially the 12-beat rhythms. Through his regular experience of playing together with jazz musicians, as well as teaching to beginners over many years, Tsiachris has developed an efficient way to make both of them - colleagues and students - understand how the 12-beat rhythms work. As he started learning flamenco guitar at the age of twenty-three, he has experienced many common learning difficulties, being thus very aware of the problems that students may face out in their effort to approach flamenco.
Simplicity, motivation and awareness are the keywords of Tsiachris teaching method. Simplicity is essential to approach complexity. Flamenco guitar is extremely complex and requires continuous effort of many years, if you want to become a professional musician. Tsiachris has developed a smart strategy of teaching in a simplified and abstract way, supporting students to learn according to their abilities. In consequence students experience more success and less frustration.
Motivation is important in the learning process. Students have individual needs and a good teacher should be able to adapt to them. Tsiachris is flexible and open-minded as a teacher and has the ability to guide efficiently most students. His unique musical style and technical virtuosity have been inspired a lot of students.
Awareness is also very important. Perhaps the most typical beginners question is "how much time does it take to learn flamenco". Tsiachris answer is "it depends". Learning process varies greatly among students according to their perception, needs, time-dedication, ambitions etc. Tsiachris considers himself a student too; he is convinced that the learning process is continuous and endless. But, students must be aware that it might take several months / years in order to develop a powerful guitar technique and understand flamenco rhythms and sound aesthetics.
lesson types and plans
- private lessons and group courses
Private lesson is ideal for learning everything you ´d like to learn and is especially recommended for those who focus on soloing guitar. Advanced students can learn compositional techniques and improvisation concepts.
Group learning often delivers fast results because it allows students to learn from each other and play together ensemble pieces. Tsiachris teaches singing- and dance accompaniment in small group courses, using at the beginning audio and video recordings. Advanced students have the possibility to learn by doing, accompanying regular dance classes and interacting with professional singers.
Tsiachris supports also non flamenco musicians or students who need to understand flamenco rhythms, harmony and structure. Having studied himself classical guitar and musicology, in combination with his experience in performing regularly together with jazz musicians, he has developed an efficient teaching method for those who ´d like to learn essential elements of flamenco music and apply it to other music genres.
While the average price for flamenco guitar lessons in Germany falls somewhere between 30 and 50 Euro per hour, Tsiachris teaching experience and successful method allow him to determine his own prices.
private lesson for beginners: 45 minutes = 35 Euro / 60 minutes = 40 Euro
for advanced: 45 minutes = 40 Euro / 60 minutes = 50 Euro
group courses: 4 x 90 minutes / month = 100 Euro
If you have any further questions, please don´t hesitate to contact Tsiachris via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call to +49 177 4912242.