AFARA — Africa & Spain

Tomas offers concert programs that are ideal for small and mid-size halls as well as settings such as colleges and universities, churches, libraries and private salons. Program length and repertoire is varied to suit different audiences and the specific needs of the presenting organization. Presenters may choose from the following options:

Tomas Rodriguez – Solo Guitar

Tomas brings a unique approach to the solo guitar to the and a rich and varied repertoire which include music from Spain, Latin America and Africa as well as original compositions.

AFARA – Music of the African and Spanish Diasporas

A boundary-breaking collaboration of Spanish guitar, the African mbira and African percussion, Hasan Bakr, Kevin Nathaniel and Tomas Rodriguez bring a rich and widely divergent musical background to AFARA. The boundary-breaking collaboration that results draws from the music of the African and Spanish diasporas and celebrates their union in the musical landscape of the Americas. Award-winning music journalist Norman Weinstein said: “This trio mines the deep spirit encoded musically throughout the African Diaspora, a rare achievement in itself. Marking their sound is an engaging groove, touching harmonies, and a mesmerizing exploration to discover how to bring the tonal continent Africa into a global symphonic world map.”

Tomas Rodriguez Trio

Featured in headlining concerts at Merkin Hall, Trinity Church and the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts. The New York Times has given the trio a highly recommended designation in its listings for “their distinctive approach to blending Flamenco, bossa nova and Latin boleros”.

Master Classes, Workshops and Lecture/Demonstration Programs

All of the above concert programs can be paired with complementary educational programs of general and specific interest. These programs can be tailored to different age groups and audiences and also presented in a bilingual format (Spanish/English). A lecture/demonstration program serves as an excellent introduction to a mini-recital or full concert program.

These programs provide an opportunity for audiences to hear Spanish and Latin American guitar music performed and explained in a way that offers insight into the historical evolution of the guitar and its music. The influence of North and West African and Native American (Mayan, Aztec, Inca) cultures upon the guitar music of the Americas is closely examined as well as other cultural and socio-political influences upon the guitar’s development.

Master Classes and Workshops offer in-depth learning experience for intermediate and advanced students of guitar and percussion*

*with AFARA program

Selected Performance Listing

  • Teatro ICPNA, Lima, Peru
  • University of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Mountain Empire State College, Wise, VA
  • Boise State University, Boise, ID
  • New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts (NJPAC), Newark, NJ
  • Merkin Hall, New York, NY
  • Trinity Church, New York, NY
  • The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison, NJ
  • Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

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