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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]

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