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The most pre-eminent Spanish guitarist of his generation, Tomatito demonstrated his extraordinary talent

Tomatito 24th Mar 2017

Five-time GRAMMY Award-Winner Tomatito delights Abu Dhabi Festival audience with passionate debut performance

One of the most sought after guitar players in the world, five-time GRAMMY award-winner Tomatito astounded an Abu Dhabi Festival audience last night with a thrilling display of innovative ‘nouveau flamenco’ in the Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Fusing the traditional Spanish form with jazz, gypsy, Brazilian and Turkish influences, the evening, entitled ‘Tomatito – Soy Flamenco’ saw the internationally acclaimed guitarist enthrall the audience with a passionate performance that blended Spanish flamenco dance, song, guitar and percussion.


With his exhilarating technique and comanding presence, Tomatito took the audience on an emotional and rousing journey through the bold and expressive world of Spanish guitar. Accompanied by El Torombo (a powerful figure in the Flamenco dance tradition) and an ensemble of masterful musicians, it was easy to see from yesterday’s expressive performance why Tomatito was recently bestowed the prestigious Gold Medal for the Arts by H.M. King Felipe VI of Spain. Adding to an already impressive list of past appareances, his Abu Dhabi Festival concert joins perforamnces at world-famous venues such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and London’s Royal Albert Hall.


The Embassy of Spain to the UAE, Ambassador H.E. José Eugenio Salarich said, “Tomatito is perhaps the greatest representation of Spanish Flamenco today. Born into a family of great flamenco musicians, since a young age José Fernández Torres witnessed the art of his father and grandfather, both nicknamed ‘Tomate’. It is indeed an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to enjoy the essence of his sublime and passionate qualities in Abu Dhabi thanks to the vision and generosity of ADMAF.”


A master of the passionate Spanish art form, Tomatito’s extraordinary talent has included collaborations with musical legends such as Elton John, Mohamed Rouicha and Omar Faruk. The Spanish artist has been a pivotal player in the evolution of flamenco guitar, having started his career mentored by the father of Flameco guitar Paco de Lucía and accompanying the famed flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla. He has since made several collaborative albums and six solo albums, two of which have won Latin GRAMMY Awards.


Tomatito’s Abu Dhabi Festival performance comes as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival’s strategic partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi, further cementing Abu Dhabi as a global cultural destination.


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