Ramón Kailani started making music at a recording and performing level at the age of 15. He was part of different music groups at that age and was also producing and performing music as a solo artist. By the age of 18 he had made two solo CDs and three band albums. By that age he had gathered a good foundation in songwriting, stage performance, studio recording/postproduction, marketing and promotion. For him, concert halls, club venues, festivals, radio and TV stations were familiar, reoccurring phenomenons.
"I was crazy about jazz, latin jazz, traditional Brazilian choro, classical music, punk and many different kinds of folkloric music. I used to sit for hours in my room transcribing solos by ear played by Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan and Grant Green. My favourite album was Afro Cuban Jazz Moods by Dizzy Gillespie. It's crazy, outrageous, swinging, genius and impossible to copy in it's originality. Oro, Incienso y Mirra was the soundtrack of my teenage years".
After the age of 18 a new era started as Ramón moved to his, to this day, residential city: Amsterdam. There he started studying guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and in Amsterdam many paths opened up for this young active musician. He formed different groups, worked as a producer for different record labels and worked together as a musician and composer with different theater companies. One of the musical highlights of this era in his musical career was his solo act. As a multi instrumentalist he would get the sound of a full band on stage, playing solo and everything live on the spot. This is not the usual looping kind of solo acts you see often layering a couple of lines to then groove on it for ever. In fact it is a truly dazzling complex act of playing different instruments and switching between lines, making songs with rich structures which sound like there is a whole live band playing. At that time he was unique in this kind of performance technique as it was not known or done by others.
In these years he performed regularly in concert halls, festivals, radio and TV.
After his studies Ramón partially moved to Sevilla (Spain) in 2011 at the age of 26 to specialise in flamenco music and culture. Studying and accompanying dance classes 10-15 hours daily payed off very well and in 2012 he formed a group consisting of a flamenco dancer, a flamenco singer and himself on guitar.
An important stage formed when his paths crossed with the since 1972 internationally renowned flamenco singer Lole Montoya. They formed a strong friendship and musical collaboration. This led to recording and performing together with her group for a year. "Lole is one of my dearest friends. Everyone loves Lole's voice, not only within Spain but also a big international audience".
In 2013 he returned to reside Amsterdam where he is currently working on composing in different styles, performance concepts, recordings and conceptual tours. His work and ideas are cross-over/multidisciplined incorporating music, poetry, literature, natural sciences, dance, light/projection visuals, theater, film, visual art and installations, keeping music in a central role.
Ramón holds a master's degree in music composition from Bath Spa University in the UK.
The structure of this page is as followed: Below you can find different sections for each musical discipline. Each section on this page has a picture and below that there is a video followed by a little description and a "More Info" button leading to a page with more media and information content.
Composition, concept development, sound design of "classical/contemporary" music. Contracted by orchestras, film producers, theater and dance companies, as well as self initiated and executed multidisciplinary productions (concept, music, directing, performing)
Solo flamenco guitar composition and performance
The world music trio of Ramón Kailani combines flamenco and oriental music. It's engaging sounds easily take the listener into the musical stories and poems about a journey from Baghdad to Andalucia.
Working and recording with highly acknowledged flamenco artists from Spain.
Composition, production and recording/performing multiple instruments in folkloric, pop, rock and other genres.
Educational projects for children such as workshops. In the above example: workshop concept, audio and film recording & editing by Ramón Kailani. One week workshop consisting of composition and recording of a song by kids age 8-11 and making of a videoclip.