by claudia . January 21st, 2016

Term 1 2016 Learn Cajon Workshops

Classes starting up again from this coming Saturday January 30th!  All welcome. Beginners – advanced levels.

Dates: Saturday January 30 – Saturday April 2
Rockdale at Pasion Flamenco Dance School
Level 1-2 : 1030 – 1130 am
Level 2-3 : 11 am – 12 noon 

Place: Rockdale Uniting Church, 11 Bay Street, ROCKDALE   (at the Seven Ways)

Lillyfield at Sangre Espanola Spanish Dance Studio
Level 2 – 3: 1 – 2pm
Please contact me for further info or to book in.


by claudia . December 13th, 2015
Flash Xmas Cajon Sale

All the Cajons we sell are 100% hand made by two of the world’s leading Cajon manufacturers – Requena Percussion from Spain and Schlagwerk Percussion from Germany. All the Cajons we stock have been selected for quality of sound and value for money. They are all true musical instruments handmade with care by artisan makers who know exactly the sound they are looking to create.

If you need help choosing your Cajon you can contact us here or call Claudia on 0425 264 375.

Check out out range of Christmas Cajons on sale here.


by claudia . November 13th, 2015

Our next round of high quality Cajon training videos is aimed at people who already have the basics and want to move ahead with their playing. Byron Mark brings his strengths as a fantastic, clear and inspired teacher as well as a versatile gigging musician (Cajon, percussion, drums, keyboards) in this upcoming series on Cajon technique, Pop and Rock. Check out his videos here or register for a free sample!

by claudia . January 28th, 2015

Classes starting up again on Saturdays from this coming Saturday. Contact me for more information at

All welcome

Rockdale at Pasion Flamenco Dance School  11am  - 12 noon Open levels

Lillyfield at Sangre Espanola Spanish Dance Studio 1 – 2pm Post beginner/intermediate levels


by claudia . May 13th, 2014

Looking forward to coming to New Zealand in July to run my first ever Cajon workshop in Auckland this July!! Followed up with a trip with my Auntie and Cousin to Rotarua to hang out in hot pools…soothe those arm muscles! For more info click on brochure below – or contact Clare on 0212625588 email: clare@c-­

by claudia . April 8th, 2014

This looks like it’s going to be a fantastic concert… In line with Nick Parnell’s philopsophy of making music available to all to enjoy, this concert will bring many classical music favourites to life on the vibes.

The concert will be on May 15 at 7pm at Angel Place. For more information on the concert visit the City Recital Hall page,  or check out Nick’s site here.


Over the years, Parnell has shared the stage with a number of inspirational artists, the likes of concert pianists David Helfgott (as immortalised in the biopic Shine) and Michael Kieran Harvey (1993 Ivo Pogorelic Piano Competition joint winner), shakuhachi grand master Riley Lee (TaikOz), didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins (Led Zepplin/Philip Glass) and marimba soloist Bogdan Bacanu (Austria). He has worked also with a roll call of distinguished orchestral conductors including Gunther Schuller, Lorraine Vaillancourt and Olari Elts.

A renegade on many fronts who actively embraces the crossover between different music genres, Parnell was featured soloist in the ASO’s 2006 Edge series where he performed orchestral versions of rock songs. He has given numerous performances for ABC Classic FM’s National Sunday Live programs and made Australian premieres of new compositions including Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür’s percussion concerto, Magma. Parnell attracted world-wide attention in 2008 by recording one of the world’s first solo classical vibraphone albums, Classical Vibes, for ABC Classics in Australia, which followed his debut album, Generally Spoken It’s Nothing but Rhythm.


by claudia . February 5th, 2014

All welcome to join weekly Cajon classes on Saturdays at the Pasion Flamenco School in Rockdale, Sydney from 11 – 12 noon or Sangre Espanola Dance Studio from 1 – 2pm.For more information, please email me : or call 0425 264 375! Starting Sat Feb 8!!



by claudia . October 24th, 2013

This article is about a group of adults with physical challenges and musical abilities…The Sylvanbeats!!

The Sylvanbeats originally formed from a weekly drumming group which started up in 2010 after some of the guys from Sylvanvale Disability Services took part in some drumming workshops at the Spark Creative Arts festival and loved it.

We started off with eleven of us and a stack of Cajon drums and small hand percussion. We experimented with how we could use Cajons with the group – some sitting on the Cajons, some playing them like table tops, some using sticks and mallets. The first year was all about learning to play, learning to listen, connecting with each other, and having fun.

In time as our musical skills got better and better, we started doing small performances for friends and families. In 2012, we applied and were accepted to present at Arts Activate, the international Accessible Arts conference held in Sydney. This was the first time we had performed as a group in a professional theatre – and was a huge buzz.

We were then invited to perform at the launch of Hiromi Tango’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and for the Culturally Diverse Carer’s Expo this year. Upcoming performances include at the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability conference dinner this November in Darling Harbour and co-running some workshops with young people with challenges in primary schools.

More recently Andrew Hewitt has come in to run some awesome workshops…and he is a big HIT (excuse the pun) with everyone. We’re all looking forward to him doing more work with us.

All of our performance pieces are created by the group. The guys come up with beats, tempos, grooves and solos and then together we weave them into a piece. From the start we have explored dynamics, so as well as rocking out we also create super gentle soundscapes and grooves. We’re always looking for ways to extend ourselves and each other as far as we can. Some of us have better rhythm than others, some have more mobility than others, but as a group we gel… actually we rock!


With thanks to Marti Travers and Sue Popplewell from Sylvanvale Disability Services for their continued support, to Andrew Hewitt for including us with Can-Do Musos, and to the Sylvanbeats for sharing their grooves and spirits with the world!


by claudia . September 30th, 2013

I caught up with Sergio Ramos – Drum kit player, Cajon player, and Director of the annual International Cajon Seminario – to talk to him about his unique perspective on the Cajon and Drum kit. Sergio is one of Spain’s leading players and was a founding member and player with Grammy award winning band Ojos de Brujo for many years.

Read full article on Sergio, Cajon and Kit here

Check out more articles on drums and percussion at DrumScene/PercusScene

With thanks as always to the wonderful Frank Corniola and Gary France for their support :)


by claudia . August 6th, 2013

I am thrilled to be participating in this year’s Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend to be held in Melbourne this August 24 – 25.  Byron Mark and I will be running a workshop and presenting a Cajon performance demonstrating different styles and musical genres of drumming on the Cajon on Sat 24 Aug. For more info on this event and ticket enquiries, see