José Ramírez, ‘Chopi’, is one of the flamenco guitarists of El Palacio Andaluz. He linked his professional life to this tablao in 2017 and since then he has been part of the cast of artists who give life to the flamenco show that takes place here every day.
Nephew of Emilio Ramírez, ‘El Duende’, this young man became a guitarist almost by chance. His passion was dancing, but shyness made his uncle suggest that he take up the instrument. He began as an autodidact, and later trained with masters such as Pepe ‘El Francés’, Juan Manuel Flores, ‘El Perla’, ‘El Morito’, Paco Cortés and Pedro Sierra, among others.
He aspires to become a good guitarist for dance, a form for which he has a real passion. He cannot imagine his life away from flamenco, an art to which he has been linked all his life, although he was fifteen years old when he decided to turn this hobby into the project of his professional life.
In addition to performing at El Palacio Andaluz, he has performed several times in Arahal, his hometown, and has participated in competitions with different partners. With one of them, he came second in the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco Ciudad de Ubrique, in the dance category.
He admires artists like ‘El Morito’ or Raúl ‘El Perla’, guitarists “in whom I see what I don’t find in others”. He does not consider himself a technical guitarist, but a guitarist of feelings. He loves playing tarantos, but a soleá takes his soul away.
She has shared the stage with the cantaor Jorge Canastero and the guitarist ‘El Morito’, but she would love to accompany bailaoras such as Juana Maya or Pastora Galván.
They say he has a lot of strength in his strumming, in his thumb, anyway, he doesn’t consider himself a very technical guitarist, but rather an interpreter of emotions. When he acts, he interprets what he feels at that moment. A guitarist with a promising future in the world of flamenco who can be enjoyed every night at El Palacio Andaluz.
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