Gabriel Ayala Quintet
A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing jazz & classical music. He earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator.
Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and around the globe, and has appeared at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum for the American Indian, and Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2010, Gabriel was honored to perform at the Musical Instrument Museum in a series called Guitar Masters.
He has played for the Pope and President Obama, and was selected as one of ten musicians featured in Native Musicians in the Groove highlighting stories of musicians in their struggles while persevering with a career in music.
Ayala has released Five self-distributed albums: Self Titled in 2003, Ill Be Home for Christmas in 2007 and Tango! in 2008. He has also been a featured artist on several other CD releases. Gabriel has been breaking stereotypes amongst Native and Non-Native people by performing classical, jazz, flamenco, and new compositions of his own which he highlighted on his 2010 release of Remembrance. Also recorded in 2010 is the CD entitled Passion, Fire & Grace which showcases the genre JazzMenco created by Gabriel. He is an award winning artist in several music award shows including the Native American Music Awards Best Instrumental CD (2009), Best World Music (2010), and Artist of the Year (2011) and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Best International Album (2010 and 2011). Gabriel also received the 2011 Tanner Award from the University of Arizonas American Indian Alumni for his significant success in his professional career.
For this concert he will be joined by local jazz greats Danny Brito & Aaron Szabo on percussion, Mike Levy on bass, and Richard Katz on keys.
Monterey Court Studio Galleries (View)
505 West Miracle Mile
Tucson, AZ 85705
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