Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
The all acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930's Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy Jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Bergara mixes cascades of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina and is supported by an ace clarinetist and a honed rhythm section. Bergara is fiery and focused, while the hard-swinging band takes the audience for a ride.
-Best Jazz Band in Los Angeles - Los Angeles Magazine 2007
-Editor's Pick 2008 - Guitar Player Magazine
-2 Time Finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2010 Latin and World categories
-Djangofest Artist of the year 2009
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, an agile and spirited quartet will be playing at the intimate Arcata Playhouse on Saturday October 15 at 8pm. Tickets are only $15 and $13 for Playhouse and Humboldt Folk Life Society members. After having toured the world extensively with the John Jorgenson Quintet, native Argentinean Gonzalo Bergara is now presenting his new CD Portena Soledad to glowing reviews all over the world.
Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on nation al television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and in the short time since, has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Rim Hausser of Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and many more.
His new CD Portena Soledad was editors Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magagzinse called it a masterpiece, and he was picked as the Best Jazz Group in Lost Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine in their Best of LA issue.
The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, traditional Jazz and hints of his native Buenos Aires. In his review on DjangoBooks.com, Jeff Fiskin writes "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 the sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving."
Gonzalo has performed all over the world including Croatia, Italy, France, Germany, and Hungary. Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suave Guitar Fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, Django fests throughout the US and lots, lots more.
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is formed by Gonzalo Bergara on Lead Acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on Rhythm Guitar, Rob Hardt on Clarinet and tenor Saxophone, and Brian Netzley on Upright Bass
Check them out at http://www.gonzalobergara.com/.
Arcata, CA 95521
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