José Ramírez, ‘Chopi‘, is one of the flamenco guitarists of El Palacio Andaluz. He linked his professional life with this tablao in 2017 and since then he is part of the cast of artists that give life to the flamenco show that is held daily here.
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 start playing this instrument. He began as self-taught, and then trained with teachers 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 dancing, a modality for which he feels authentic passion. He does not imagine his life away from flamenco, an art he has been linked to all his life, although he was fifteen when he decided to turn this hobby into the project of his professional life.
In addition to performing at El Palacio Andaluz, he has played several times in Arahal, his hometown, and participated in competitions with different partners. With one of them, he was second in the National Contest of Flamenco Art City of Ubrique, in the dance modality.
Admire artists like ‘El Morito’ or Raúl ‘El Perla’, guitarists “in which I see, what I don’t find in others”. He is not considered a technical player, but rather of feelings. He loves to play for tarantos, but a soleá takes away his soul.
He has shared the stage with the singer Jorge Canastero and the guitarist ‘El Morito’, but he would love to accompany dancers like Juana Maya or Pastora Galván.
They say that he has a lot of strength in strumming, in the thumb, anyway, he is not considered a very technical guitarist, but rather a player of emotions. When he acts, he interprets how he feels at that moment. A guitarist with a promising future in the world of flamenco and which can be enjoyed every night at El Palacio Andaluz.