Juan Camacho attended the 'Escuela de Música Creativa' in Madrid, where he later taught Harmony and Composition. Studied guitar with guitarist, arranger and prestigious session musician Fredi Marugán and with guitarist and contemporary composers Joe Morris and Jon Damian (Boston, Ma.) In 1991 he obtained a Diploma in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (U.S.A.). He attended seminars under the direction of such masters as Steve Brown, Walter Bishop Jr., Jack Walrath, Dave Schnitter, Billy Hart, and Bill Dobbins in Sevilla and Alcalá, Spain. He also attended clinics with guitar legend Joe Pass in Vitoria, Spain, and with saxophonist Jorge Pardo in Madrid. He has been a guitar teacher at the 'Escuela de Nuevas Músicas' in Madrid, a lecturer in several universities such as Carlos III in Madrid, the Middlebury College and the S.U.N.Y. programs in Madrid, and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He toured several countries in Europe with the renowned Colombian salsa group 'El son del pueblo', and played with musicians such as Spanish folklorist Cayetano Morales. He has been a member and musical director of the groups 'Octubre' and 'Via Libre' (Madrid); 'The Lincoln Brigade' (Boston, all original compositions). Performed in duos with Uruguayan pianist Andrés Bedó and Argentinian guitarist Claudio Herchhoren. From 1994 he has led his own goup the 'Juan Camacho Quintet', with which he has performed in several festivals and cities such as Bogotá, (Colombia), San Sebastián de los Reyes, Lugo, Vigo, Salamanca, Úbeda, (Spain), as well as Siria, Lebanon, Luxembourg, etc. He published his first CD 'Tatá' (Several Records) with all original compositions. It was named one of the best five CD's published in Spain in 1995 by the prestigious magazine 'Todas las novedades del mes' in it's end of the year summary. Also the composition 'Tatá', which gives name to his first CD is featured on the double compilation called 'Jazz y otras músicas de Madrid', produced by the Association of Jazz Musicians of Madrid 'Musicos Asociados' (1999). His second CD appeared in 2000, on Satchmo Records. Called 'La balada de la Brigada Lincoln: Canciones de combate y otros himnos' ('The Ballad of the Lincoln Brigade: Combat Songs and Other Hymns'), it features ten new originals by Juan Camacho. September 2005 saw the issue of his third recording: 'Ternario: La poética de la resistencia' ('Ternary: The Poetics of Resistance') also on Satchmo Records, a collection of eight new originals, with enthusiastic reviews by the specialized media.. And in February 2009 the latest release by Juan Camacho is called 'La estrategia del tiempo' ('The Strategy of Time'), 10 new originals featuring the trademark intensity, variety and soulfulness of the compositions, as well as the amazing playing skills of all the members of the Quintet.
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