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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 and as a solo artist. His fluid technical expression, deep rythmic sensibility and prolific composing abilities have made Joaquin a sought after guitarist for solo performances, accompaniment for dancers such as Antonio Hidalgo, Jose Carmona "El Rapico", Lakshmi Basile and as composer of soundtracks for films.