FLAMENCO GUITAR & OUD
Welcome to the site of Nat Hulskamp, a versatile acoustic guitarist and oud player living in Portland, OR. His music combines his background in flamenco guitar with elements of jazz, bossa nova, and Middle Eastern music.
NEWS- Seffarine (Nat's group founded with singer Lamiae Naki) has released their new CD, recorded in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain in collaboration with some of the greats of flamenco, such as Diego del Morao, Tomasa La Macanita and Luís de Periquín!
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Nat was born in Portland, OR. He began studying guitar with guitarist/composer Paul Chasman at age seventeen. He was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco. After returning to the US, he moved to Seattle to study ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. There he worked with the groups Carmona Flamenco, The Rez Quartet and others ranging in style from Hungarian Csardas and Gypsy swing to flamenco. In 2000 he co-founded the Vancouver, BC based Arabic/ flamenco group Aire with ney player and singer Emad Armoush.
In 2004 he moved to Portland and formed the group Shabava with kamancheh/sehtar/violinist and singer Bobak Salehi. In 2010 he formed the trio Caminhos Cruzados with master jazz guitarist Dan Balmer and Ghanaian percussion virtuoso Israel Annoh. Nat has studied with the top flamenco guitarists of today including, Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Pepe del Morao, José Antonio Rodriguez, Jesús Guerrero, Dani de Morón and Antonio Rey. In 2012 Nat received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to travel to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain to continue studying flamenco guitar with the Morao family. He has recorded in Spain with Diego del Morao, La Macanita, Luís de Perikín and LaBejazz among others, and performed with José Antonio Rodríguez, Santiago Lara and Antonio Rey during their US tours. He now resides in Portland, teaching flamenco guitar and oud at Reed College and composing and performing with Shabava, Caminhos Cruzados and Seffarine.
"One of Oregon’s most experienced world music stars"
-Brett Campbell, Oregon Artswatch
Nat is available for concerts, clubs, weddings and private events. Besides solo performance, Nat also works with the group Seffarine: