If Juan Carmona had to write the book of his life, the title might be “The beautiful story”, as Claude Lelouch film which he will perform music in 1992.
The Carmona family of emigration from North Africa the France after the exile of the beginning of the 1960s. Juan, born in Lyon, was just ten years old when his father offered him his first guitar. His passion for this instrument and abilities not contradict over time and virtuosity, quickly spotted by professionals.
Become confirmed guitarist, it will take the path in the opposite direction, toward Spain, experiencing the need to join the land of his ancestors to reconnect with its roots and drink from the source of flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera. His talent and the originality of his art will be quickly recognized in this city, considered the cradle of flamenco.
For 9 years, absorbing their knowledge in the flamenco tradition, it côtoiera and will accompany the biggest names of flamenco such as Joaquín Grilo, Agujetas, Duquende, Antonio Canales, Chano Domínguez and many others. He recorded his first albums and won international awards including the prestigious guitar competition International de Jerez, finalist of the competition of the Union and of Cordoba or the great price Paco de Lucia.
His long list of prize and reward, it will be necessary add a unique feature: a final triumph in Spain, a consecration to this Gypsy of French origin. His return to France, he chained the musical collaborations: Sylvain Luc, Larry Coryell, Marcus Miller, Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu, Subramanian, Baden Povell… Each new meeting enriches his sound palette.
Creative and curious, his thirst for learning seems unquenchable and brings it to what it is today: one of the most beautiful guitars on the international scene. His music, he writes with his memory, his ears, his heart and his passion. A self-taught musician, he can boast of having composed his Sinfonia Flamenca and works Orillas, today performed by many orchestras in the world as the St Louis Symphony Orchestra (USA), Russian Philarmony (Russia) or even the Orchestre National de Lyon (France).
On tour with his musicians around the world (United States, China, Canada…), its Alchemya, Orillas, Sinfonia Flamenca and El Sentido del Aire albums were nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards ‘Best Album Flamenco of the year’ category. Winner of the Grand Prix Charles Cros 2015, UNESCO awarded him also the Grand Prize of Zyriab of Virtuosos. His new opus Perla de Oriente (September 2016), recorded on the occasion of his last tour in Asia, brings to life the magic of his concerts.
Praised by the leading figures of flamenco, Juan Carmona wanders on the air ways of the duende. At the intersection between musical modernity and traditions the oldest flamenco and liveliest of Andalusia, Juan Carmona is an innovator, one of the most valiant links of his generation.