I was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated with my family to the United States at the age of 11 in 2001 to the city of Chicago. Music had always been a part of my life from a very young age, I would spend hours listening to my Grandfather Enrique Cano, a flamenco guitarist himself, play melodies and falsetas from Sabicas, & Diego del castor. I was always surrounded by music, either by my grandpa’s flamenco songs or my mother’s love for Tango and valses criollos, which were regularly sung by her at home every morning and most evenings.
I started playing drums at the age of 12 while still discovering where my passions truly lied and on which instruments I would pursue. It wasn’t until my dear parents bought me my first guitar at the age of 14, a stratocaster that would change my life around into wanting to discover more of the beautiful and intricate world of guitar playing. With a stratocaster at hand, I would spend hours figuring out and teaching myself songs by Carlos Satana, classics such as Black Magic Woman, Europa, and many more. My passion for music would just be expanded and diversified, when introduced to flamenco shortly after my dear grandfather’s death in 2005 from a sudden heart attack.
In an effort to honor my grandfather, I would spend hours listening to his falsetas and records of Paco de Lucia, Sabicas, Nino Miguel, Diego del castor. At one brief moment my grandfather had shortly introduced me to flamenco briefly before his death, so it came to me as an opportunity to take on the challenge and get to discover the most beautiful music to my ears and the brilliant art that is flamenco.