Melbourne Concerts, Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz
Thomas Lorenzo Trio: Conversations
- Thomas Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars
- Darryn Farrugia: Drums
- Tamara Murphy: Upright Bass
Date : Wednesday October 19, 2015, 8.30 pm
Where: Melbourne, Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
“Lively music in an intimate setting took my mind quickly away from a stressful work day . Particularly enjoyed the traditional pieces.” Lise Marie Rabl
” Inspiring Music touch my soul and heart. Such beautiful music.” Angela Xiaozhuan
“Excellent. Really enjoyed it and technically superb.” Kalesh Sans
ARTIST AND PERFORMER
Thomas has released five solo instrumental albums in contemporary Jazz, Blues and Flamenco Spanish Guitar styles. His latest release Spanish Breeze debuted at #36 on the Top 50 JazzWeek World Music Album Charts in 2010 and was #32 on the College Music Journal Jazz Chart. The album features Grammy nominee Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Grateful Dead) on Bass, Dave Garfield (George Benson) on Keys, and Walfredo Reyes (Santana) on Drums, and was produced by Grammy nominee Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr).
Today Thomas continues to be an active composer and performer, touring his album and playing regular jazz gigs and concerts (video below of Thomas Lorenzo’s Trio playing ‘Wes Montgomery’s Four On Six’ at the Paris Cat in Melbourne). He loves sharing his passion for music through his guitar lessons at his Melbourne Guitar School and Music production services.
Thomas performs Mediterranean flamenco jazz mainly on the nylon string, Spanish guitar. He will perform his own compositions and a selection of jazz and pop standards . The Mediterranean flamenco jazz concert is staged more as a solo guitar concert with some accompaniment from bass. The drums lightly colour the background with pulses that allow the nylon string guitar to project with intensity.
Why do you choose the trio format for playing Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz ?
The Spanish or nylon string guitar does not produce sustained sounds such as a voice does. Beauty is achieved through contrast with silence or with timbres of similar staccato nature. An upright bass, if played with expressive articulation, allows the guitar to project with intensity. Drum sounds of sustained nature may obscure the nylon string sweetness.
Overall, the Spanish guitar needs to sound good on its own without the need of any accompaniment. The melody has to delivered to the audience with clarity.
What is Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz?
I have lived in Barcelona for 38 years of my life. The Mediterranean culture is very diversified and so is the music that has landed over the centuries in Barcelona. Flamenco is one of the main influences in my life and Jazz is how I choose to express my self. Jazz is not a style but a creative form of interpreting a given composition. Hence the name Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz.
Past Melbourne Concerts 2015 Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz
Thomas Lorenzo Trio: Conversations
When: July 9, 2015 at 8.30 pm
Where: Paris Cat , 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
Darryn Farrugia: Melbourne based drummer Darryn Farrugia. Darryn has played behind artists as Tom Jones, The Commodores, Joe Cocker, Michael Feinstein, Ray Davies (the Kinks), Ernie Watts, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and many more. For further info please visit: http://darrynfarrugia.com/
Tamara Murphy: versatile bassist and composer, performs regularly with many leading contemporary jazz and pop musicians in Australia: Allan Browne, Andrea Keller, Stephen Magnusson, George Coleman Jr., Grace Knight. Her works, Big Creatures and Little Creatures, received nomination for the The Age Genre Music Awards and Australian Jazz Bell Award. For further info please visit: http://tamaramurphy.com/