Juanjo Manzano : Flamenco guitarist and singer.
Performs his SOLO Show
Desmond House, Main Street, Maynooth
EVERY Thursday night @ 7 PM till 10 PM
Juan Jose Manzano, 18th August 1980, is a Spanish Flamenco composer and a virtuous guitarist. Born in Chiclana de la Frontera, a southeastern point of Spain, near Cadiz. Growing up his mother used to sing Flamenco at home which truly inspired him an early age. His brother introduced Juan Jose to the guitar at the age of 11. He just takes 4 lessons from a teacher, since then both brothers taught themselves by listening various Flamenco artists such as Ramon Montoya, Sabicas, Paco de Lucia.. and singers such as Chacon, Mairena, Camaron.. he put his skills into practice by playing in Peñas Flamencas to accompaniment singers and dancers to learn the art of Flamenco.
When he was 18 he began playing professionally on stages all over Cadiz and Andalucia as a soloist and as a accompaniment for Flamenco singers, doing important Flamenco Festivals. He went on to achieve National Prizes as Solo Flamenco Guitarist and National Prize of Singer Accompaniment in Peña Flamenca Camaron de la Isla with singer Rancapino.
In 2005 he emigrated to Ireland to try further his possibilities in music. Here he played with international musicians from Italy, Ireland, United States, France, India, Peru.. The touch of world music help him grow as a musician and give him new inspirations.
Juan Jose is open to innovate new armonies keeping the purest Flamenco essence by gaining in depth knowledge of music full of colours and melodies.