José Fernández Torres “Tomatito” was born on August 20, 1958 in Almería, surrounded by flamenco guitars. Since he was little he heard the touch of his father, also called Tomato, and that of his grandfather, Miguel Tomate. As if that were not enough, he is the nephew of the legendary tocaor Niño Miguel. At the age of twelve, he changed his Almeria residence to the city of Malaga and that is where his musical career began, performing in tablaos such as the Gipsy Tavern, where he not only had Paco de Lucía as a spectator, but also met Camarón de la Island.
He began participating in the main Andalusian flamenco festivals, monopolizing the attention of critics and amateurs for his extraordinary faculties. Little by little he acquired fame and prestige when accompanying, from a very young age, great singers such as Enrique Morente, La Susi, José Menese, Pansequito, etc. Undoubtedly, the most remarkable thing in his career is that Tomatito accompanied José Monge Cruz “Camarón de la Isla” during the last... +
...18 years of his life.
At his side he made an extensive discography, forming a duo not only in all the festivals and flamenco recitals of Spain, but also in cities as important for music as Montreux and New York. The Legend of Time is the first in a long series of recordings in which the touch of Tomatito supports the voice of Camarón. In Como el Agua, he shares the guitar playing for the first time with Paco de Lucía.
After the death of Camarón, a short period of silence after which Tomatito began a brilliant career as a concert guitarist. After the disappearance of the legendary Camarón de la Isla, TOMATITO has become the most relevant soloist in the field of flamenco guitar. His way of approaching both sober and festive clubs brings out an unprecedented sensitivity and an unusual gift of interpretation.
An extraordinarily charismatic personality and a continuous commitment to the development and diffusion of flamenco worldwide have allowed Tomatito to gain recognition more than deserved, not only in the musical area but also in the world of cinema, theater and art. .
He has collaborated with a multitude of performers from all over the globe and has inspired and influenced a whole generation of young guitar values. He has remained true to his principles in his numerous outposts on foreign lands and yet has been welcomed more and more, as another member of the universal musical brotherhood.
Among other prestigious events and venues, Tomatito has performed at: Royal Albert Hall, London, Barbican, London, Carnegie Hall NY (with Enrique Morente), Cirque D’Hiver, Paris, Salle Pleyel, Paris, Confluences de la Guitare, Montpellier, Jazz à Sète, Nice Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Parco Della Musica, Rome, Festival di Verdure, Palermo, Carré Theater Amsterdam, Koln Philharmonie, Festspielehaus Baden Baden, Rheinghau International Music Festival, Moscow International House of Music, Summer Festival of Dubrovnik, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia. Ethnojazz, Wroclaw, Teatre Stary, Lublin, (live, for Polish National Television) Jazzahead Bremen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen, Tokyo National Theater, Beyond DMZ Peace Festival, South Korea, Hong Kong International Festival, Al Dhafra Auditorium , Abu Dhabi, Palau de la Música Catalana, Millenium Festival, Grec, Barcelona, Veranos de la Villa, Suma Flamenca Festival, Luna Mora Festival, Maestranza Theater, Seville, Palau de la Musica Valenciana, Intl Festival. From the Guitar of Córdoba, La Mar de Músicas de Cartagena Festival, Perelada Festival.