Joaquin Gallegos was born on July 25th, 1978 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He comes from a family of artists and musicians, starting music studies at age 7 and playing the guitar at 9 years old. Joaquin has made Andalucia his second home having spent several years living, studying and performing there and in the United States as well as in Latin America. He lived among gypsy clans in Sacromonte, Granada, learning the art of accompanying cante and baile. Some of Joaquin’s most important maestros have been Chuscales, Manolo Sanlucar, El Viejin, Emilio Maya and Anton Jimenez. Joaquin won 1st prize at the 2002 EXPO Flamenco Competition at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque and was a finalist at the 2007 II Concurso Internacional “Nino Ricardo” de Murcia. His first album, ‘La Jornada’, was released in 2005 and Joaquin has recorded on many artists’ albums and toured with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, EntreFlamenco and as a solo artist. His second album, ‘Nuevos Comienzos’, was released in 2015 and has received critical acclaim for it’s composition, innovation, and technical virtuosity. His fluid technical expression, deep rithmic sensibility and prolific composing abilities have made Joaquin a sought after guitarist for solo performances, accompaniment for flamenco artists such as Antonio Granjero, Lakshmi Basile, and Nino de los Reyes, jazz, world and soul music collabortaions, and as composer of soundtracks for films.