TOMATITO SEXTET

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Soy flamenco

Wednesday, August 27, 10:00 p.m.
Sabicas Stage

Cast:

Tomatito – Guitar
El Cristi – Guitar
Simón Román – Cante
Kiki Cortiñas – Cante
Paloma Fantova – Dance
Lucky Losada – Percussion

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José Fernández Torres, ‘Tomatito’, was born in Almeria in 1958 surrounded by the flamenco guitars of his father ‘El Tomate’, his grandfather Miguel Tomate, and his uncle the legendary tocaor [flamenco guitarist] ‘Niño Miguel’.

At the age of 12 Tomatito moved to Málaga, where he began his music career playing at the Taberna Gitana. It was there that he met, and played with Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla. From that moment, he began performing with many great cantaores [flamenco singers] such as Enrique Morente, ‘La Susi’, José Menese,andPansequito’among othersBut of all of them, the one who influenced Tomatito the most was, without a doubt, Camarón de la Isla, with whom he would play for the last 18 years of the singer’s life.

He recorded extensively alongside Camarón, one of the greatest cantaores in the history of flamenco. They performed hand in hand at the grandest festivals and flamenco concerts in Spain, as well as in important cities abroad such as New York. The album ‘La Leyenda del Tiempo’ -considered one of the milestones of flamenco- was the first in a long string of recordings with Tomatito’s guitar accompanying Camarón’s voice. ‘Como el agua’ was the first song that he performed along with guitar master Paco de Lucía.

Tomatito’s charisma and extraordinary abilities have conquered every stage and triumphed on every prestigious flamenco event. He has been showered with honors, as reflected not only in the sales of his albums, but also in the number of prizes he has received, including four Grammy Awards, three for Best Flamenco Album and one for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Now the artist will be performing his show ‘Soy Flamenco’ with an ensemble of selected musicians who represent the heritage of gypsy music. In Flamenco on Fire, he will share with us the magic, the thrilling rhythm, and the intense emotional power that only he can portray.

His message remains the same: “A flamenco musician must play flamenco…”

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