the Spanish & Flamenco guitarist in Ireland.
Juan José, from Cádiz, South of Spain, is a professional Flamenco guitarist and composer based in Dublin, Ireland.
When I play Flamenco I don’t only play with my finger, but with my heart, and that makes the difference. Flamenco is not only my passion, it’s the air I breathe everyday since I was born in Andalucía.
His music reflects his roots, Flamenco, as a way of living. From this heritage all his compositions emerge. He was raised in a traditional Flamenco home, in Chiclana de la frontera, a small village in South Spain, a place of pure Flamenco tradition.. His mother sang Flamenco and copla everyday in his childhood, this unquestionably influences every note he now plays.
I was born in an Andalusian house in the south of Spain, where there was very little money, But nevertheless there was wealth, the wealth of having something you can't buy, happiness, listening to my mother singing flamenco every day and every night, and I... accompanying her on guitar, in our flamenco courtyard with the smell of the jasmine...
When he started to play guitar at the age of 11 he already knew how Flamenco breathes, with is its essence, something which cannot be learned in school. He spent his life, before coming to live in Ireland, in touch with the sea and with the land of his ancestors, elements which elevate him to a place where he feels peace. He understands that music has the same power to effect humans.
He began earning his life at the age of 15 teaching at home Flamenco guitar to people of different ages from his hometown.
When he was 18 he started his Flamenco professional performing career on stages all over the province of Cadiz and around Andalusia (South Spain) as a soloist and as accompaniment for Flamenco singers and participated in the major Flamenco festivals.