Argentinean native set to perform locally

September 5, 2018

Gonzalo Bergara will be playing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Route 60 Music located in Barboursville.

BARBOURSVILLE — Gypsy jazz artist Gonzalo Bergara is scheduled to perform an intimate concert in Barboursville, thanks to the efforts of Route 60 Music and Dufflield, Lovejoy, Stemple, and Boggs.

Bergara will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Route 60 Music, Barboursville. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, where he forged his own style of progressive gypsy jazz.

Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on national television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. Just 30 years old, he has toured worldwide with the John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more.

His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the U.S. with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry

Fest, most Django-style Fests in the US and countless more. He is playing Sept. 22 at the Django Fest in Washington State.

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet’s first CD, Portena Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.”

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.

Go online at https://www.gonzalobergara.com/ for more information.

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