Tino di Geraldo

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Tino di Geraldo

Tino di Geraldo (born Faustino Fernández Fernández in 1960) is a French-Spanish percussionist, tabla player, drummer, and producer. He is one of Spain's leading flamenco and jazz percussionists, bringing classical and jazz influences to flamenco,[1] with a punk-rock background.[2] Billboard cited him as an "eminent flamenco musician".


The son of an Asturian couple, Geraldo was born in Toulouse and spent his childhood in France.[3] He gained a background in classical and jazz percussion[1] before he got his start in flamenco as a young man in Madrid, having met Diego Carrasco who needed a percussionist.[4] He has worked with some of the biggest names in flamenco and Latin music including Paco de Lucía,[5] Tomatito,[6] Chano Domínguez,[7] Carlos Núñez,[8] Raimundo Amador,[9] Javier Álvarez,[10] Niña Pastori,[11] and Manolo Sanlúcar.[12][4] He has also worked with musicians outside Spain, and has worked with French/Vietnamese jazz guitarist Nguyen Le and American folk musician Jackson Browne, featuring on and producing for his fourth live album Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino and on the song "These Days",[13] touring with him since 2006. He featured on Paco de Lucia's 1998 album Luzia.

Geraldo formed a group with Carles Benavent and Jorge Pardo, both of which also performed with Paco de Lucia and toured in 1998 and again in 2007-8.[14] Geraldo played percussion on Pardo's 2332 album, and Moraíto's Aire album.[15] Geraldo's 2003 album Tino, took three years to complete and had only one flamenco track.[16] Billboard cited him in 1996 as an "eminent flamenco musician".[17] He has produced albums for Luz Casal, Carrasco, Elbicho, Jazzpaña, and Tomasito.[18]


  1. ^ a b Martinez, Emma (24 February 2011). Flamenco: All You Wanted to Know. Mel Bay Publications. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-60974-470-0.
  2. ^ Stereophile. Stereophile. 1995. p. 287. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Tino di Geraldo", Flamenco-world.com. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b Olivo, Silvia Calado (October 2003). "A percussionist of reference". Madrid: Flamenco World. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ Balbuena, Rafa (29 July 2010). "Tocar con Paco en Avilés fue un lujo". El Comercio. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Tomatito Soy flamenco". Flamenco Is Time. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  7. ^ Calado, Silvia (29 August 2007). "The (real) tribute". flamenco-world.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Os Amores Libres CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Biografia Tino Di Geraldo". queca.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  10. ^ Calado Olivo, Silvia (October 2003). "Entrevista a Tino di Geraldo, percusionista y productor: "El pellizco no es patrimonio flamenco"". decajonflamenco.com (in Spanish).
  11. ^ "Niña Pastori launches her fourth album 'María'". Flamenco-world.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  12. ^ Calado Olivo, Silvia (2 October 2002). "Sville's Bienal De Flamenco 2002. 'Medea'". flamenco-world.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Arles Benavent – Tino di Geraldo – Jorge Pardo". Klink.org. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  15. ^ Steingress, Gerhard (2002). Songs of the Minotaur: Hybridity and Popular Music in the Era of Globalization : a Comparative Analysis of Rebetika, Tango, Rai, Flamenco, Sardana, and English Urban Folk. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 195, 202–. ISBN 978-3-8258-6363-0.
  16. ^ Olivo, Silvia Calado Olivo (October 2003). "'Tino', The Free Album". Madrid: Flamenco World. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  17. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 27 July 1996. p. 64. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  18. ^ Olivo, Silvia Calado (October 2003). "To the avant-garde of production". Madrid: Flamenco World. Retrieved 24 June 2013.