Guest Artists: Week Two – The Gonzalo Bergara
The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (plus one) plays a modern variant of 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.” They newest CD pick best CD of the year by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s true home, Buenos Aires.
Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.
The GBQ has been named the best thing that happened to Gypsy Jazz in the last 20 years by the most important Gypsy Jazz Festival in the world, The Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, France.
Gonzalo Bergara – Lead Guitar
Leah Zeger or Daisy Castro – Violin
Max O’Rourke – Rhythm Guitar
PJ Wyderka – Upright Bass
Leah Zener – Vocals
Learn more at gonzalobergara.com, including chord charts and play-alongs in the store.