Posted on Apr 15, 2014

The great Spanish flamenco guitarist Tomatito brought his excellent ensemble to SF’s Palace Of Fine Arts.  Tomatito (Jose Fernandez Torres), considered by many as the heir apparent to the late Paco De Lucia, made a strong case for himself with a beautiful show which showcased his flawless virtuosity.  His attack and command of the guitar was brilliant as he took the audience on a musical journey shifting moods from traditional bulerias to jazz.  He was the epitome of cool as he sat with the guitar on his lap, legs crossed and playing what seemed like endless streams of notes.  He was supported by his excellent ensemble which was made up of young budding guitarists El Cristi and Jose del Tomate, a duo of astonishing vocalists Kiki Cortinas and Simon Roman, the dynamic featured dancer Paloma Fantova and tasteful percussionist Moises Santiago.  The sold out crowd was treated to flamenco at it’s best with a well paced show featuring this stellar ensemble playing the music of Tomatito.  It was also a dazzling feast for the eyes when Paloma was featured on a dance solo during the closing song framed by Tomatito’s guitar.  Her feet were a blur displaying incredible speed while her facial expressions and graceful hand movements showed her powerful attitude and passion.  This was Tomatito’s first visit to the SF Bay Area and the enthusiastic crowd responded with standing ovations.  It was a show to remember.


Originally posted on March 18, 2014