On October 26, 2016 at 7:30pm world-renowned flamenco guitarist, José Fernandez Torrez, “Tomatito,” will come to Scottsdale Center for the Arts to perform with his group. A special pre-show interview with featured dancer, José Maya will take place at 6:30pm for ticket holders only.
Tomatito is best known for accompanying the influential singer, Camarón de la Isla in the last 18 years of his life. Alongside Camarón, Tomatito recorded discs that are now essential in any flamenco archive, such as, “La Leyenda del Tiempo,” and “Como el Agua,” which he recorded with Paco de Lucía.
After Camarón’s death in 1992, Tomatito began his solo career, dazzling audiences with his exquisite sensitivity, charismatic personality and a firm commitment to the development and dissemination of flamenco worldwide. Tomatito now enjoys international recognition, not only in the field of music but also in film, theater and art.
He has won a total of five Grammy Awards (one with Michel Camilo) and a Latin Grammy for his albums “Aguadulce” and Soy Flamenco. He has collaborated with Elton John and Frank Sinatra, and has influenced a generation of young guitarists. When he has ventured into other musical genres, such as jazz, has always remained true to his principles.
His latest album, “Soy Flamenco”, presents an elegant and mature musician at the height of his art. Alongside him on this tour are five celebrated flamenco artists:
Dancer, José Maya (1983), comes from a gypsy family of actors, painters and writers. An award winning dancer, he has worked with flamenco figures such as Antonio Canales, Enrique Morente, Farruquito, Estrella Morente, Farru, Belen Maya and many more, as well as international artists Beyonce, Bjork and Marc Anthony. Still young, he is breaking boundaries with his artistry world wide.
Percussionist, Israel Suarez Porrina, “Piraña,” is among the greatest cajón players in the world. Hailing from an influential flamenco family, he toured with Paco de Lucía and has taught workshops at Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus, and was featured in the film, “El Viaje del Cajon: Lima-Madrid.”
Guitarist, José Fernandez, “José del Tomate,” is the son of Tomatito. Currently 18 years old, he is respected for musical maturity well beyond his age.
Singer, David Maldonado (1985) has worked with flamenco artists Niño Josele, Paco de Lucía, and Enrique Morente.
Singer, Kiki Cortiñas has collaborated with Diego El Cigala, Jorge Pardo, and Juan Habichuela. He is influenced by world music including jazz, blues and bolero.
Get your tickets here: http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/tomatito-2016/ or by calling 480-499-TKTS (8587)
6:30pm: pre-show interview with José Maya for ticket holders only!