About

Tomás Jiménez Flamenco Guitarist

A Testimonial

Hi Tomas

I wanted to write to say a big Thank You for your wonderful playing at yesterday’s birthday party for Jamie.

She was totally thrilled, as was everyone.

I got so many comments about what a lovely addition it was to the day.

You have a huge talent and it was a wonderful treat to see flamenco playing  so close.

A couple of friends at the party are guitarists and said they were blown away– one has played his whole life and says he has nothing like your skills and talent.

I would certainly book you again for future events.

Fin

 A Childhood in Flamenco

Tomás Jiménez traces his origins back to Extremadura, the South Western region of Spain that borders with Andalucía.

Tomás’s father sang flamenco as a hobby and was very happy when his son Tomás wanted to learn how to play Flamenco Guitar.

Formal flamenco guitar tuition was not considered normal at that time.

Fortunately, Tomás father knew a few chords which he showed Tomás and then there were friends and family members who taught what they could.

Tomás had no professional aspirations whatsoever.

He would simply bring out his guitar at any family get together and play for fun.

Although the Fascist Dictatorship in Spain was in its last few years many Spanish families, feeling very unsure about how the future might develop looked for ways to get out of Spain and to offer their children what they hoped would be a better chance in life.

It was thus that Tomás’s parents decided to move to London.

There was already a very thriving Spanish community and although developing Flamenco guitar skills in London was never going to be as easy as back in Spain, nonetheless there was help available.

It was in London as a young teenager and somewhat missing the atmosphere back in Spain that Tomás began to feel that he might like to pursue Flamenco guitar playing as a career.

Tomás started to get offers to play a private Spanish parties and at these events he met other young Spanish guitarists.

A family inheritance

The love for flamenco has been passed down Tomás’s family throughout the generations.

Tomás traces his family roots back to Extremadura, a region with a deep long standing tradition of flamenco and  that neighbours with Andalucía.

Flamenco at wine tasting event

Flamenco Passion

His grandmother was a Gipsy and an absolute lover of flamenco and his grandfather was a payo which is the Gipsy term for non Gipsy.

Flamenco was all around, in his own family but also pretty much everywhere else.

Tomás had no formal conservatoire tuition as this is not available in Spain for flamenco.

Nowadays formal teaching of flamenco is becoming more common as are free classes on the Internet.

These are all very useful but living flamenco on a daily basis means that you absorb the emotion of the music almost without even realising it.

Flamenco music becomes an integral part of who you are.

Tomás Jiménez shows chord

Flamenco Guitar Skill

Tomás’s father had been an amateur flamenco guitarist, playing at local festivals and passed his skill and knowledge to Tomás.

Much of the deep emotion of course has been passed down from his Gipsy grandmother.

His father’s teaching instilled in Tomás a respect for flamenco together with the understanding that his playing should communicate the true meaning of each piece without using superfluous effects.

His father explained to him: “No florees el toque porque el flamenco ya comunica todas las emociones y todos los sentimientos humanos sin echarle ni quitarle nada”.

Translated to English: “Don’t make the playing flowery because flamenco by itself communicates every emotion and every human sentiment and you don’t have to add to or take anything away from it”.

The joy of Flamenco

The Music page on this site gives more information about Tomás’s repertoire and how he can tailor his playing to suit your event.

The Videos page shows a selection of his work with Flamenco Dancers and castanet players.

The Testimonials page shows the wonderful reviews and comments that Tomás has received from his clients.

The following is a non exhaustive list of some of the venues that Tomás has performed at:

Spain

Tomas Jimenez Centro Cultural, Cartagena.

Festival Nacional del Cante de Las Minas, La Unión

Festival Nacional del Cante por Cartageneras, Cartagena

Catedral de Santander, Santander

Centro Cultural Ramón Alonso Luzzy, Cartagena

Teatro Circo, Cartagena

Tomas Jimenez Concert England

Music

Castanet and Guitar

Tomás Jiménez gives solo flamenco guitar recitals and concerts with flamenco dancers and castanet players for… Read More

YouTube videos

Tomás plays rajeo

We have several videos on YouTube.

Video of Tomás and María – Guajira
Zapateado en Re by Sabicas

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Tomás and María: Together

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