lunes, 5 de enero de 2009

Gabriel Guerrero

New York based Colombian pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero is constantly exploring links between the jazz traditions and the musical traditions and rhythms from South America, specifically from his native Colombia. He can be heard on the recently released Bruce Gertz Quintet recordings "Reptilian Fantasies" and "It Wasn't Me" featuring Jerry Bergonzi, and "Panama Suite" (Artist Share 2008) by the Danilo Perez Big Band featuring Danilo Perez on electric piano and Gabriel on acoustic piano plus a 19-piece big band. As a leader Gabriel has constantly on going projects such as his Trio from which tracks are available on this page.He has performed with Paquito D' Rivera, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, George Garzone, Mike Mainieri, Adam Nusbaum, Dafnis Prieto, John Riley, Mike Clark, Bob Moses, Michael Spiro, Anthony Branker, Gregg Bissonette, Michael Wimberley, Jamey Haddad, Memo Acevedo, and recently performing regular gigs with the Jerry Bergonzi and the Bruce Gertz Quartets. He has also put together various musical projects such as SURCA, a multi-cultural quartet dedicated to expanding on South American rhythms and avant-garde jazz.In Colombia Gabriel studied classical piano with Maestro Karol Bermudez for almost ten years before moving to New York in 1998 to study at Hunter College winning the Concerto/Aria Competition performing Mozarts Piano Concerto K444 with the Hunter Symphony Orchestra. In year 2000 Gabriel won a scholarship to study at New England Conservatory earning both a Bachelors and a Masters degree studying with Danilo Perez, Steve Lacy, Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, and Charlie Banacos. Other teachers include with Ran Blake, James Moody, Rufus Reid, George Russell, and Joe Lovano.Gabriel is deeply attracted to the idea of unpredictability and surprise in jazz, which he feels is absolutely critical to artistic expression. Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi appreciates this adventurous quality in Gabriel's playing. Gabriel Guerrero brings fresh ideas to his music, he says, When I think he is going left he goes right and when I think he is going right he goes left. He always surprises me, which I love. He brings his Latin Culture to the music in his own inventive way. He is a real improviser."

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