Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina
Wednesday, December 5 08:00 pm
$18 General Admission
$21 General Day of Show
The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet 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." The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. 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."
Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the leading jazz violinists of his generation, Ben Powell has recently led his jazz projects in performances at (among others) the Vancouver, Victoria, Tanglewood, Salem, Berks, and Cheltenham International Jazz Festivals. May 2012 saw the release of his latest CD ‘New Street’. ‘New Street’ features The Ben Powell Quartet and Ben’s personal tribute to his mentor Stéphane Grappelli. The tribute is made through three tracks on the album in trio with vibraphonist Gary Burton and guitarist Julian Lage. Notably, ‘New Street’ includes the first ever recording of Burton performing his tune ‘Gary’, written for him by Stéphane Grappelli decades ago. Born and raised in England, Ben now resides in Boston where he works actively as a jazz and classical violinist. Ben has had the privilege of performing for First Lady Laura Bush and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and recently had the honor of meeting ‘The Champ’ Muhammad Ali in recognition of his musical outreach efforts in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. His career so far has been extraordinary; as an artist without barriers, he looks forward to seeing where it takes him – and his audiences – next.