Tomatito & Michel Camilo third headliner at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
Michel Camilo & Tomatito have been meeting up with each other for more than 30 years in an almost predestined way. This summer, on July 12th, they will present music from the Grammy-winning “Spain Forever” in the main concert hall at the 40th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
This third installment of Tomatito & Michel Camilo’s award-winning project comes 10 years after the success of Spain Again (2006) and completes the trilogy of this magical duo, which pioneered the union of the piano and the Flamenco guitar. The collaboration between these two artists began at the Barcelona Jazz Festival 19 years ago in the Palau de La Musica. This project has kept them together through three albums and numerous international tours since they began playing as a duo back in 1997. Two great performers and close friends who team up once again to offer us a repertoire where the piano and the guitar communicate with each other and coexist in an intimate space. Here, both performers find a certain space – somewhere between the two of them – which grants them the freedom to explore and emerge with fresh interpretations and visions of classic songs.
Michel Camilo & Tomatito open the new album with a personal homage paid to one of their favourite artists, Brazilian guitarist and composer Egberto Gismonti, making a lyrical version of his classic “Agua e Vinho”. The next tribute, here to the late double bass player Charlie Haden, takes the shape of an intimate rendition of his “Our Spanish Love Song”. And then the link to Spain Again is settled with a dramatically beautiful cover of the notorious Astor Piazzolla’s milonga “Oblivion” with an almost orchestral arrangement. Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne nº 1″ opens the repertoire to the Mediterranean Sea in an Arabic style of melodic originality as minimalistic as it is impressionistic.
“Spain Forever” won the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album in 2017.