Sonidos Sobre El Lienzo
Músicos / Musicians Gilberto González - Guitarras (Guitars) Randy Tico - Bajo (Bass) Otmaro Ruiz - Piano Acústico y Teclados (Acoustic Piano and Keyboards) Jimmy Branly - Batería y Percusión ( Drums and Percussion) Jeff Elliot - Trompeta y Flugelhorn (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) Doug Webb - Sax Tenor Edgar Ernesto - Clarinete (Clarinet) 5, 7, 8 Voz (Voice) 1 Andy Zuñiga - Voces (Vocals) 4 Joey De León Jr. - Congas 2, 4 Kevin Winard - Percusión (Percussion) 7, 8, 9 Hugo Macario - Quena (Bamboo Flute) 1 Biography Gilberto Gonzalez was born in Guymas, Sonora, Mexico on February 7, 1970 and grew up in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Although he was not born into a musical family, Gilberto had an innate musical talent. At age 15, with a guitar that his mother bought him, he started playing in church. In 1986, he went to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and eagerly began his musical instruction at the University of Guadalajara under the instruction of Professor Fernando Corona, focusing on the classical guitar. As a member of the school's Folkloric Ballet for three years, he learned the roots of Mexican music, while his travels to Bolivia, Chile and Peru with the troupe, gave him the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of rhythms on his guitar. Upon graduating as a music instructor in 1990, Gilberto started playing the electric guitar. He studied modern harmony and improvisation with Professor Mario Romero and with the help of books and video tapes by contemporary guitar players like Al Di Meola, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Gilberto taught himself different techniques in jazz, rock and Latin music (including Brazilian, Cuban and flamenco styles). After three years of performing in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, Gilberto returned to Guadalajara and formed his first Latin Jazz group called Mozambique. The five-member group performed at many prestigious events, including the International Book Fair in Guadalajara in 1995. In 1996, Gilberto began teaching the skills he had acquired throughout the decade. He created a group, made up of his best students, which experimented with Latin Jazz fusions. Within a year, he released the group's first self-titled production, 'Grados Alterados,' and toured nationally. With a pressing need to see jazz musicians perform live and to learn that style of music first-hand, Gilberto left Guadalajara and came to the United States in 1998. He teamed up with singer and composer Perla Batalla and performed in several states. Having fallen in love with flamenco music, Gilberto returned to the acoustic guitar and began to perform and record with an assortment of musicians. After being urged by his audience to put together a compilation of his work, Gilberto released his self-titled album in 2002. His work has been critically acclaimed as being romantic, passionate, and a colorful fusion of Latin rhythms. Showing his versatility as a musician, Gilberto's second album is distinct from his debut. In November 2003, he released 'Equilibrio.' The music is of original compositions with melodic, classical guitar and mellow Latin jazz, with a Spanish and Latin American influence. Always looking to put forth good music, Gilberto currently plays in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in Southern California, as well as teaches private lessons to a variety of students.