Tools: Anthem SL Classical | Para DI
Omar Torrez’s musical recipe is equal parts post-modern rock, Mexican and Cuban Son, gutbucket blues, spiced with stunning guitar wizardry and playfully irreverent songwriting.
He was recently Tom Waits’ guitarist on the Glitter & Doom world tour. His latest release, A Night of Serious Drinking, was produced by Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan, Pink, Public Image Ltd.). The single “Marina” won 3rd place in the Latin category of the International Songwriting Competition in 2012.
Omar has recently joined with famed Mexican DJ, Roberto Mendoza (Nortec Collective/Panoptica Orchestra), for their new project Cancion Maldita – a collection of post-modern Boleros, an urgent mix of modern electronica and sumptuous, cutting edge guitars, sang by an A-list of Mexican singers.
The Mexican-American artist first gained notoriety as a finalist at the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition at the Bumbershoot Festival, using a borrowed guitar. Since then, Torrez has won fans worldwide through international festivals and humanitarian work. In addition to Tom Waits, Torrez has shared the stage with Buena Vista Social Club, Jethro Tull, Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Kinky, Sidestepper, Pancho Sanchez, Mumiy Troll, Francisco Aguabella and many more.
As a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, the artist performed to 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 curated and produced the record entitled Entre Mundos, a collaboration between La Banda Sinfónica Mixteca and international musicians, using music to tear down cultural barriers.
The artist has played at many prestigious festivals such as: Bumbershoot and The San Francisco International Film Festival in the US, Festival Cervantino and Feria de San Marcos in Mexico, The Waiting for Waits Festival in Spain, The Steppenwolf Awards, Island of Light and Dvizhenie (“Movement”) in Russia. Omar’s music was featured in Warren Miller’s “Impact” and on television shows such as NBC’s “Heroes,” "Whoopie," "Felicity" and “Grosse Pointe." Endorsements include: TC Electronic, Bogner Amplification, Carlos Amplification and L.R. Baggs.