Juan José Manzano
(From Chiclana de la Frontera South, Spain, 1980) based in Dublin, Ireland, is a Spanish Flamenco guitarist and composer.
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.
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 As Soloist And As Accompaniment For Flamenco Singers And Participated In Major Flamenco Festivals.
In 2005 he came to Ireland to further his career in music. Here he has played with international musicians from Ireland, Italy, United States, Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil, France, Argentina, India, Japan, Peru and has played in The National Concert Hall. His music reflects an Influence of world music with distinct personal touches. These influences have helped him to expand his compositions, to create new sounds and to give flamenco a different form and different colours, without letting its roots go. (In fact this would be impossible, just as it would be impossible to change the sound of ones own voice) This expansion of sounds and compositions has helped him to understand music as a way of connecting people, a way of elevating consciousness, in fact, a way of healing and inspiring.
Juan José Is now Living In Ireland as a professional flamenco guitarist and composer, and his music is a journey along his life, his mother singing flamenco in the patio, flamenco singers and dancers coming to sing and dance in this house, his fathers land, the ocean in the south of Spain and the influence of his life in Ireland.