This five-time GRAMMY-award winner is one of the best guitarists in the world. A master of the passionate Spanish art form that melds dance, song, guitar and percussion, his extraordinary talent has included collaborations with giants such as Elton John and Frank Sinatra. The most eminent player of his generation, Tomatito’s innovative ‘nouveau flamenco’ style fuses the traditional Spanish form with jazz, gypsy, Brazilian and even Turkish influences.
In partnership with The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
Multi-GRAMMY Award winner José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito, has been pivotal in the evolution of flamenco guitar. He accompanied Camarón de la Isla for the last 18 years of the great singer’s life and, since Camarón’s tragic death in 1992, has secured his own place as the leading flamenco guitarist of his generation and one of the greatest flamenco guitarists of all time.
Tomatito was born in Almería in 1958 into a family of great flamenco guitarists, beginning his musical career aged 12, performing in renowned flamenco clubs. Since these early beginnings, he has recorded six solo albums and has performed at international venues from the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels to London’s Royal Albert Hall. He continues to cross new frontiers in an ongoing collaboration with Latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo.
He tours the top venues of the globe with his group, from Hong Kong Festival to Cartagojazz Tunisia, Salle Pleyel Paris, Moscow International House of Music, Festspielehaus Baden Baden and Bulgaria National Concert Hall.
Tomatito has collaborated with many other great cantaores including Enrique Morente, La Susi, Vicente Soto and José Menese. His collaborations outside of the flamenco world include performances with Elton John, Omar Farouk, Mohammed Rouicha and Luis Salinas, John McLaughlin, Irakere and Chick Corea. He has written film and theatre scores and appeared in Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino.
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