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Salvador Ramon Flores Loreto Montoya Heredia Cortes Arroyo de Los Reyes known as 'el Titi de Algeciras' was born in Algeciras, Spain into a gitano (gypsy) family whose tradition is flamenco. At an early age el Titi under the name of "el Gitanillo de Algeciras", tried bullfighting as a career but gave this away after being badly gored by a bull.

el TitiOriginally sang under the name of "Montoyita" and later with his cousins in a group called "Los Montoyas"., Learned his art at the side of famous singers such as Antonio Mairena, who would come to fiestas in his family home. Related to the famous gypsy families of Los Montoyas, (nephew of Roque Montoya "Jarrito"), Los Chiquitetes, the Utrera Sisters, the late Cameron de la Isla and growing up with Paco de Lucia as a neighbour, the young Montoyita was offered work in the tablaos such as La Corral del la Morreria in Madrid working with such artists as dancer la Tati, Antonio el Pelau, and guitarist el Habichuela and winning awards for his singing.

He arrived in Australia in 1966 with the flamenco dance company el Sali. and after being offered a contract in Perth stayed working with the gypsy dancer La Tani.

Since then he has been the only authentic flamenco gypsy singer in Australia and in high demand by Australian flamenco artists of the calibre of Antonio Vargas, Diana Reyes and Gabriel Heredia in Sydney and Melbourne. With performances too numerous to list over his many years of performing, one of his highlights was to feature in the spectacular “Carmen” Opera put on by the Victorian State Opera in 1992 in Sydney and Melbourne. This led him to have a 12 month contract with the Melbourne Hyatt Hotel in their Tapas Bar. Other highlights include supporting act with Julio Iglesias and the Gypsy Kings.

He formed a gypsy world music group Calo' Calo' (Gypsy Gypsy) making its mark appearing in WOMADelaide. An exciting, entertaining  world music group, it explores the passionate and intricate rhythms of gypsy flamenco music from the south of Spain. Fusing latin, Arabic, blues and even country and western sounds, Calo’ Calo’ incorporates a variety of instruments including flamenco and electric guitar, flute and percussion. The original songs are created by Titi and released on CD.

Since making its debut at WOMAD 2000 this popular group has made many appearances in venues around Adelaide including La Bomba latin nights and featuring in the TROPICANA Festival, at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

This multi talented artist has also made his mark as a painter under the name Salvador Loreto.

Available for performances - el Titi can be contacted on Tel. +61401 497 800   (within Australia M:0401 497 800

REVIEW OF FRINGE 2011 PERFORMANCE


VIKINGO DE JEREZ – Flamenco guitarist
26 February 2011 by Ryan Winter – DB Magazine
Flamenco guitar is so much more than a style of playing. It’s roots run culturally, and it is a complete form of artistic expression........ the presence of Salvador Loreto on stage was more than a mild nod of approval for the self taught guitarist.
There was a balance of energy throughout the set.......Loreto assisted in closing with an impassioned cante jondo (a deep song), with sparse backing from Schultz baying the audience to engage personally with the music.

CHISPA FLAMENCA - REVIEW - by Phil Callaghan of Ausdance

11 July 2009

The dancers were accompanied by El Titi Algeciras (song), Aloysius Leeson (guitar) and Adrian van Nunen (percussion). The singing added greatly to the intensity of the performance and anyone in the audience would have felt this resonance. El Titi Algeciras is one of the jewels in the Australian flamenco scene, and it is great to see fine musicians such as Leeson and Algeciras working together with dancers across a number of groups to sustain their art-form.

REVIEW OF BOLERO FLAMENCO

"First it had the splendid El Titi de Algeciras, whose songs did more than accompany the dancing - at times they seemed to provide the reason for it.""?..worth going to just for the singer" Alan Brissenden - Adelaide Review

 

ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2014 - Sun 20 July 2014 Reviewed By Libby Parker

Dunstan Playhouse


The Aloysius Leeson Quartet comprising of percussion, guitar, violin and double bass played for an hour, with guest performances by an incredibly passionate and talented flamenco dancer and an equally skilled Spanish singer el Titi de Algeciras. Aloysius Leeson Quartet were both entertaining and expert with their instruments.
THIS was a concert where the support act, Aloysius Leeson’s Quartet, came close to outshining the main event. They were later joined by the authentic vocals of 72 year-old gypsy flamenco stylist El Titi de Algeciras and dancer Kristy Manuel.

 

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