Omar Torrez

Omar Torrez
Omar Torrez' music draws from Flamenco, blues, Cuban and Mexican son, and post modern rock. He first gained notoriety as a finalist at the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition at the Seattle Bumbershoot Festival.  Since then, Torrez has won fans worldwide through international tours, recording and humanitarian work. He was Tom Waits’ guitarist on the Glitter & Doom world tour. In addition to Tom Waits, Torrez has shared the stage with Buena Vista Social Club, Jethro Tull, Carlitos Del Puerto, Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Kinky, Sidestepper, Pancho Sanchez, Mumiy Troll, Nortec Collective, Francisco Aguabella and many more.

The artist has played at many prestigious festivals such as: Bumbershoot and The San Francisco International Film Festival in the US, Festival Vive Latino, Festival Cervantino and Feria de San Marcos in Mexico, The Waiting for Waits Festival in Spain, The Steppenwolf Awards, Island of Light, Everjazz Festival,  and Dvizhenie (“Movement”) in Russia.

Omar received a M.F.A. in guitar performance from CalArts (Flamenco, classical and guitar composition emphasis and was a Fulbright recipient for a residency in Georgia. There, he performed for 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 produced the record Entre Mundos, a collaboration between the indigenous La Banda Sinfónica Mixteca and international musicians. He was awarded a second Fulbright grant to perform and give master classes in Mexican- American music through the US Embassy in St Petersburg Russia.