Omar Torrez

Omar Torrez

 Venice, California, USA
BandRockLatin

Packing clubs from Seattle to Moscow, Torrez' music is post-modern rock, with Latin guitar virtuosity, deftly mixing Cuban, Mexican, and American blues and brewing a potent, exciting classic sound for the modern age.

Biography

“Omar Torrez’s lysergic Latin guitar fluttered like a Bossa Nova hummingbird, a neon Andres Segovia, runs punctuated with Bill Frissel sustains and Hendrix air-raid siren chords.” ~ Flagstaff Live

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 record, 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 is now working on a new record, due in 2016, on the Mexican label Discos Intolerancia. 

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 Vive Latino, 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.

"Omar Torrez is one of the most unique and talented emerging artists on the global music scene today. His new album, A Night Of Serious Drinking is nothing less than stellar - a must for people who care about real music!"
~ Peter Rafelson, Music Producer (Multi-platinum - Madonna, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, The Go-Gos).

“Dare we dub him the Latin Hendrix?!
The fastest fingers in the West,
a massive talent poised to break out and kiss the sky.”
~ The Seattle Times

"Omar Torrez, who kept his utterly delightful nastiness buried previously, started ‘All the World is Green’ with a dexterous Spanish guitar intro."
~ Billboard

Lyrics

Marina

Written By: Omar Torrez, Paul Duncan, Carlos Del Puerto Jr

15 Men on a dead man's chest
A bottle of rum and you know the rest
I just sailed in from New Orleans, got a king's ransom
Looking for a queen

If your heart's not moved by the song I sing
THink of all the gifts I'll bring
From Havana to Vera Cruz
San Juan offers the silken shoes

I never make an offer twice
So please accept me while I'm asking nice

Hey Marina, I drink too much and I laugh too loud
Hey Marina, cause every girl, needs a pirate 'round the house

Come on Marina, have no fear
You've always wanted a buccaneer
The clash of steel, the quest for gold
Let's write a story better left untold

I never make an offer twice
So please accept me while I'm asking nice

Hey Marina, I drink too much and I laugh too loud
Hey Marina, cause every girl, needs a pirate 'round the house

It's true that I'm a thief and I'm a liar
I'll steal your heart, and light your bed on fire

Hey Marina, I drink too much and I laugh too loud
Hey Marina, cause every girl, needs a pirate 'round the house
Hey Marina, carcajeo y bebo de mas
Hey Marina, lo que todo mujer debe tener un pirata en el hogar

Hey Marina, I drink too much and I laugh too loud
Hey Marina, cause every girl, needs a pirate 'round the house

Burn It Down

Written By: Omar Torrez, Paul Duncan

Burn it down

There’s a time to get your fix
From your daily dose of tricks
Your head is full of proof, but truth you lack

There’s a time for saying prayers
There’s a time for being scared
‘cause when the priest just doesn’t care, the deck is stacked

When the morning comes to pass
And the bottle meets the glass
‘And when this home feels more like hell than holy ground
Burn it down...

When the clowns report the news
And there’s rifles in the pews
When the message is battered and bruised – how can it last?

When the king holds his throne
With a thirst for blood and bone
He has guns, but you have stones – I raise my glass

Cause every kingdom’s made
By battered hands, and built on graves
When the master makes you slaves, don’t kiss his crown -
Just burn it down

Oh…Do not run
Miles to go before we’re done…

When the morning comes to pass
And the bottle meets the glass
‘And when this home feels more like hell than holy ground

Cause every kingdom’s made
By battered hands, and built on graves
When the master makes you slaves, don’t kiss his crown -
Just burn it down
Just Burn it down... Burn It Down

It's Over

Written By: Omar Torrez, Paul Duncan

It’s Over

If day was night, and night was morning
If dying gave a man a brand new breath
If silence sounded out a warning
Then I’d have more than nothing left

But it’s over, it’s over, it’s over
Some men are kings, some are jokers

If sky was earth, and earth was ocean
If love was hate, and war was peace
I’d be the point of your devotion
For all your locks, I’d have the key

But it’s over, it’s over, it’s over
Some men are kings, some are jokers

How could I know
The cold the wind would blow?
Sad but true, I’m tangled in your blue

You blew my mind and let the noise in
I drank you down and begged for more
But wine is wine, and this poison
And now we’re just ashes on the floor

It’s over, it’s over, it’s over
Some men are kings, some are jokers

How could I know?
How could I know?

Discography

* Cancion Maldita (With Roberto Mendoza of Panoptica Orchestra) Coming in the Spring 2013

* "A Night of Serious Drinking" (Naughty Bits records) 2013. (Songs available for streaming at omartorrez.com)

*** Won 3rd place in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition for "Marina." ***

* "Corazon de Perro" (Arteria Productions, Mexico) 2009

* "Dynamisto!" LP (World music and Rock), 2005

* "La Danza en Mi Corazon" LP (Flamenco/World), 2003

-Extensive airplay in Seattle, WA, Mallorca, Spain, Moscow, St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg Russia, Tblisi Georgia and all over Mexico.
-Several songs are played on US and European radio shows
-El Toro was part of United Airlines Radio programming
-Omar's songs are used in Felicity and Whoopie TV shows
-Rich Man song was played at GD's Bite Size Bonus Podshow
- Senorita song is in soundtrack in Warren Miller's film "Impact"
- Omar's 3 solo guitar pieces are in "Catalina - Hollywood's Magic Isle" Documentary
-Streaming available on last.fm

"La Danza" and "Dynamisto!" and "Corazon De Perro" CDs are available at live shows; www.omartorrez.com; Amazon; CDbaby and select music stores. All songs are available at all major digital outlets