featured on Folk & Beyond with host: Aer Stephen
Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:00 PM
After having toured the world extensively as the rhythm guitarist in the John Jorgenson Quintet, native Argentinean Gonzalo Bergara
has taken the lead chair in his own quartet, and is presenting his new CD, PorteÃ±a Soledad to glowing reviews from all over the world. Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires, and by the age of 17, was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000, and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists, including Tim Hausser of the Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, and Howard Alden. His new CD, PorteÃ±a Soledad, was Editor's Pick of Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it "a masterpiece". 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.
The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, traditional Jazz, and a hint of his native land, 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. Gonzalo has performed all over the world including Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, his homelands, and the United States. Festival appearances include The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev Guitar Fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all of the Django Fests in the United States.
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You can catch the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet in a very special Charlottesville appearance at Bel Rio on Wednesday, June 17th, at 7:00 PM. Charlottesville's own Rick Olivarez Trio