Omar Torrez, USA
Omar Torrez’s musical brew is equal parts post-modern rock, Mexican and Cuban Son, gutbucket blues, spiced with stunning guitar wizardry and irreverent yet accessible songwriting.
His latest release, A Night of Serious Drinking, was produced by Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan, Pink, Public Image Ltd.). The single “Marina” won 3rd place in the Latin category of the International Songwriting Competition. It will be released on the famed Mexican label Discos Intolerencia in 2014.
Among the artist’s career highlights – he was the guitarist on Tom Waits’ Glitter & Doom world tour.
The Mexican-American artist first gained notoriety as a finalist at the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition at the Bumbershoot Festival, using a borrowed guitar. Since then, Torrez has won fans worldwide through international festivals and humanitarian work. In addition to Tom Waits, Torrez has shared the stage with Buena Vista Social Club, Jethro Tull, Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Kinky, Sidestepper, Pancho Sanchez, Mumiy Troll, Nortec Collective, Francisco Aguabella and many more.
As a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, the artist performed to the benefit of children displaced by the conflict between the Republic of Georgia and the Russian Federation. Torrez was also awarded several grants from CONACULTA (the Ministry of Culture and Education in Mexico), in one of which he curated and produced the record entitled Entre Mundos, a collaboration between La Banda Sinfónica Mixteca and international musicians, using music to tear down cultural barriers.
One of Omar’s recent creative undertakings is with famed Mexican DJ, Roberto Mendoza (Nortec Collective/Panoptica Orchestra), for their new project Cancion Maldita – a collection of post-modern Boleros, an urgent mix of modern electronica and sumptuous, cutting edge guitars, sang by an A-list of Mexican singers. The artist has also toured internationally as part of his band and as a duo with Eric McFadden (P-Funk) and the two are planning to collaborate in the near future.
Omar has played at many prestigious festivals such as: Bumbershoot and The San Francisco International Film Festival in the US, Festival Cervantino and Feria de San Marcos in Mexico, The Waiting for Waits Festival in Spain, The Steppenwolf Awards, Island of Light and Dvizhenie (“Movement”) in Russia. Omar’s music was featured in Warren Miller’s “Impact” and on television shows such as NBC’s “Heroes,” “Whoopie,” “Felicity” and “Grosse Pointe.”
Omar Torrez / MARINA
“Omar Torrez is one of the most unique and talented emerging artists on the global music scene today.”
~ Peter Rafelson, Music Producer (Multi-platinum – Madonna, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, The Go-Gos)
Flamenco guitar, Alegrias - Omar Torrez
“Dare we dub him the Latin Hendrix?! Torrez, is a guitar wizard … ranges from Flamenco mastery to hot rock. The fastest fingers in the West, a massive talent poised to break out and kiss the sky.”
~The Seattle Times
Omar Torrez, 'A Night of Serious Drinking' (Official Video)
“Omar Torrez is crossing many borders and establishing many unlikely links – between classical and pop, virtuoso and hot swinging, Latin and blues, European and American, sexy and pure… and doing all this with style.”
~Artemy Troitsky, world-renowned music critic and member of World Music Consortium