Tomatito U.S. Tour in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival is proud to bring José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito, a living legend and one of today’s most-admired flamenco guitarists.
José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito, is best known as the guitarist who accompanied Camarón de la Isla for the last eighteen years of the great singer’s life, collaborating with him on the seminal album La Leyenda del Tiempo (The Legend of Time), and many other essential flamenco recordings. Since Camarón’s tragic death in 1992, Tomatito has ensured the evolution of flamenco guitar, as well as securing 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, southern Spain, surrounded by guitars. Since childhood he listenied to his father and grandfather, Miguel Tomate. He is the nephew of legendary Flamenco guitarist Miguel Niño. At age 12 he moved to the city of Málaga, where he started his career playing flamenco clubs like La Taberna Gitana. There he met Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla.
Tomatito has collaborated with many performers from around the world, such as Elton John and Frank Sinatra, and has influenced a whole generation of young guitarists. And on the occasions when he has ventured into other musical fields, 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.
He has won a total of five Grammy Awards (one with Michel Camilo) and a Latin Grammy for his albums Aguadulce and Soy Flamenco.