Tom Duarte

Why book Tom Duarte?

Hello and thank you for reading my bio. My name is Tom Duarte. I am a Bay Area based professional Latin-fusion and multi-style guitarist. I am available for events, background music in restaurants and weddings throughout the Bay Area, Wine Country and Sacramento areas. I have extensive experience playing solo guitar as well as with several bands and with my Latin-Fusion trio "Diamante", which is a very energetic and fun instrumental unit that features myself on guitars with electric bass and a drummer/percussionist. My overall solo guitar style might be compared to that of Paco de Lucia, Santana, Ottmar Liebert and The Gypsy Kings.

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Wonderful Ambiance for Dinner Party

We invited Tom to play for our wedding reception -- a small group of about 40 people at a local restaurant. This was the best decision we made! Tom's music brought warmth and added just the right touch to keep the evening festive. You were always aware of the pleasantness in the background, but it never consumed or overpowered the conversations or laughter, etc. Absolutely perfect!!! On the practical side, Tom is completely professional about staying in touch, working with you to design the event, his contract and fees. All in all this was a 100% positive experience. Thanks again Tom!

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Reviewer: Gail E.
Event: Wedding Reception in San Rafael, CA
Event Date: Nov 9, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist
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Tom's music was ENJOYED by all!

Once a year we hold a yearly neighborhood party for our 214 homes here.
My husband had found Tom on the internet, listened to his demos, and
we liked what we heard. Tom's choice of music suited all ages at our party
and truly made our event a wonderful afternoon in Napa. Thank YOU!

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Reviewer: Roseanna G.
Organization: NYC
Event: Other in Napa, CA
Event Date: Aug 25, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist

Astonishing!

Tom Duarte is a fantastic guitarist. Last night he played for our wedding anniversary party, an intimate affair of 20 close family and friends. He played beautifully and with great sensitivity to the mood of the event, selecting songs and tempos that perfectly matched our mood. Everyone had a superb time and their were many comments about Tom, along the lines of "Where did you find such an incredible guitarist". Ours was a Spanish themed event and at my request he stayed pretty much in a flamenco vibe, but I've since heard on his CDs that his repertoire and stylist breadth goes far beyond that. Not only will I not hesitate to hire Tom again but am very much looking forward to my next excuse to do so. FYI, for a very reasonable fee he also composed an instrumental version of my wife's favorite song, and while he played I recited an original love poem. Not a dry eye in the house!

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Reviewer: LouHawthorne
Event: Anniversary Party in San Francisco, CA
Event Date: May 24, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates

Overview

I play primarily as a solo instrumental guitarist. I also perform with my Latin/fusion trio "Diamante", which consists of myself on guitars with electric bass and drums with percussion. In my solo performance, I play mainly Latin based music, i.e. Flamenco, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, etc. I have somewhat of a jazz and pop tinge to my playing style having come from a rock and fuzion/jazz background. My overall sound might be compared to that of The Gypsy Kings, Santana, Ottmar Liebert and Paco de Lucia. I play many styles however and I will often mix in my own arrangements of more recent pop material by the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 and Coldplay. In addition, I am also able to play the more traditional classical repertoire in the style of Andres Segovia and Christopher Parkening as well as classic rock songs by artists such as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, The Allman Brothers and so forth.

I am able to play traditional solo guitar but I will often use backing tracks to fill out the sound and enable to me play things that would otherwise be impossible. The tracks have been recorded by myself and usually involve one other guitar, with an occasional bass part. The resulting sound is quite full but not overdone or "cheesy" sounding. Often times, my client wont be able to tell that I am using them at all on first sight! The end result is that it is very entertaining to the audience as well as myself but not at the expense of my taste and integrity.

Additional Booking Notes

As I mentioned earlier, I do employ the use of backing tracks although they are quite "organic" sounding - not overdone and not overly electronic sounding. When I am booked to play an outdoor event during the day I require some sort of shade from the sun such as an umbrella or canopy, in the event that there will be no shading provided by a nearby structure. This seems like it should be so obvious, but I need for there to be an electrical power outlet no less than 20 feet from my performance area. If there is no nearby outlet available, the client must be aware of this ahead of time and provide an extension cord of sufficient length to reach the next nearest outlet. You wouldnt believe how many times I have arrived well ahead of schedule to have a client ask "do you need power?" This is why I always allow no less than 45 minutes of set up time, and usually more like an hour.

If am required to play for more than 2 hours, I require that a meal will be provided.

If I am asked to relocate more than one time during an event, there will be an additional fee of $25.

Tom Duarte

Thank you for taking the time to read my bio! My name is Tom Duarte.
I perform primarily as an instrumental solo guitarist as well as with my
Latin trio "Diamante". The trio consists of myself with electric bass and
drums with percussion. My music is a mixture of Latin and contemporary
styles - Flamenco, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban with a fusion-jazz edge. My
overall sound might be compared to that of the Gypsy Kings, Santana,
Paco de Lucia and Ottmar Liebert. I perform this style in my solo performance
as well as including several fairly recent alt/pop arrangements by artists such
as Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Maroon 5 and Nelly Furtado, some of
which you can hear in the samples from my latest CD "Hotel Toledo". I am
also able to mix into my repertoire my own arrangements of classic rock
and pop songs by artists such as Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Led Zeppelin
and Earth Wind and Fire and so forth as well as traditional classical
guitar in the style of Christopher Parkening and Andres Segovia. I have
some samples of myself performing standard wedding selections that I can
send you if you like.

I have been playing professionally for many years throughout the Greater
Bay Area and Napa Valley Wine Country in addition to playing in Europe,
Brazil and Canada. I have toured the U.S. several times with
[Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead keyboardist] Merl Saunders. I have
recorded three CD's of Latin, classical, and alternative/pop music in my
own name. I have also recorded with original members of Santana and
Journey Gregg Rolie and Michael Carabello.

I had the great fortune of receiving a wonderful write-up in the online magazine "Inside Sonoma" about my wedding music performance style and in particular my wedding and event repertoire which includes alot of my tasteful arrangements of modern pop songs that are
nice to hear but not often associated with standard wedding music. The review is very complimentary and illustrates my performance style in a nice and detailed way. I would
be more than happy to send the link to you if you like!

Set List

My set is usually geared towards Latin based material such as Flamenco and Brazilian. However, I will incorporate other styles and I will include a fair amount of recent contemporary and alternative music into my set as it feels appropriate to do so. The following is a sample list of my song styles and selections from my repertoire:

ROCK – POP - CONTEMPORARY

Set fire to the rain - Adele
Alejandro - Lady Gaga
What’s my name – Rihanna
Disturbia – Rihanna
She will be loved – Maroon 5
Miss Independent - Ne Yo
Clocks - Coldplay
Say it Right - Nellie Furtado
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Ordinary World - Duran Duran
Come undone - Duran Duran
More than words - Extreme
Strawberry Letter 22 - Brothers Johnson
Con te partiro - Andre Bocelli
Have you really ever loved a woman? - Bryan Adams
Mood for a day - Yes
Babe I’m gonna leave you - Led Zeppelin
Black Mountain Side - “
Layla - Eric Clapton
Badge - Eric Clapton (Blind Faith)
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Kiss from a Rose - Seal
Don’t dream it’s over - Crowded House
Josie - Steely Dan
Kid Charlemagne - “
Fantasy - Earth Wind & Fire
September - “
Smooth - Santana
Africa Bamba –“
Europa - “
El Farol - “
Samba pa ti - “
Bomboleo -Gypsy Kings
In memory of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Bros.
Jessica - “
Midnight Rider - “
Forget me not - Patrice Rushen
Camisa Negra - Juanes
Joy and Pain - Frankie Beverly and Maze

FLAMENCO/CLASSICAL/SPANISH REPERTOIRE

Tamacun – Rodrigo y Gabriella
Rio Ancho – Paco de Lucia
Taconeo Gitano – “
Limon de Nata – Vicente Amigo
Tata – “
Malaguena – Lecuona
Leyenda (Asturias) - I. Albeniz
Gavotte en Rendeau - J.S. Bach
Courante in A Major - “
Alemande in A Major - “
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring - “
Prelude in D minor - “
La Catedral - A. Barrios
Concierto in D Major- Vivaldi
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
En las Cuevas - Farruca
Herencia Latina - Rumba
Santuario - Saudade
Bulerias - Juan Martin

Influences & Inspiration

That is a broad question as I have been through so many style changes! Currently, my main influence is Paco de Lucia in the Flamenco world. I really love what the Gypsy Kings do as a band. As far as fusion/jazz, I have been very influenced by Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton. I am a huge fan of Hiromi Uehara, the jazz piano phenom from Japan. In the contemporary world, I really like Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Ne Yo. My classic rock mainstays are probably Eric Clapton, Santana and the Allman Brothers as well as a few different psychedelia bands.

Setup Requirements

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