Artist Biographies

Jose Gonzalez at an award ceremonyJose Gonzalez

Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro


Guitarist, composer and virtuoso Cuatro player, Jose Gonzalez, is a top performer of contemporary Latin music. Acclaimed for his original compositions featuring "the Cuatro", (Puerto Rico's national instrument), his eleven self-produced recordings have become bestsellers. His music is featured on NBC, PBS, CNN, cable TV, as well as four "Putumayo World Music" CDs, the Bose Corp. "World Music"CD and the PBS "Visions of Puerto Rico" TV special.

Jose is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with musical performances in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Curacao, and the U.S.A.  He has performed on stage alongside top Latin artists and musicians, such as:

actress/singer Libertad Lamarque
rock singer Sandro
singer / artist Ruben Blades
singer Braulio
singer Danny Rivera
folk singer Andres Jimenez
folk singer Roy Brown
singer Lucecita Benitez
percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo
percussionist Paoli Mejias
pianist Eric Figueroa (Batacumbele)
percussionist Tito De Gracia

Puerto Rican rock singer Tito Auger
The Nieves Family (Modesto, Monika, and Cristian Nieves)
PR Guiro performer
Candido Reyes
Los 4 Del Cuatro (Edwin Colon Zayas, Pedro Guzman
Quique Domenech)
bassist John Benitez
the late trumpetist Juancito Torres
salsa singer Ismael Miranda
bassist Gary Nuñez (of Plena Libre)
folk singer Antonio Caban Vale (El Topo)
singer Jose Nogueras
pianist Emiliano Salvador
singer Carmita Jimenez
singer Sophie
poet Magdalena Gomez
poet Martin Espada

WITH ENSEMBLES

Haciendo Punto En Otro Son
Los Pleneros De La 21
Moliendo Vidrio
Trio Los Andinos

Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
Bronx Arts Ensemble
New Jersey Chamber Music Society


He's performed at events and locations such as:

Heineken Jazz Festival (Puerto Rico)
World Guitar festival (Martinique)
Yale University
Princeton University
Madison Square Garden

Rene Gonzalez

Drum set, Electric and Upright Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Bata Drums, Peruvian Cajon Vocals and Latin Percussion.

Rene Gonzalez has been a multi-percussionist, focusing on Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican music styles since nine-years of age. Beginning studies on drums with his father at the age of six, Rene studied Rock and Funk. He began an early apprenticeship with noted Puerto Rican percussionist Freddie Moreno on Timbales, Bongos, Tumbadoras, and Latin percussion until the age of 24. He continued these studies with famed percussionist David "La Mole" Ortiz, percussionist/timbalero Tito De Gracia, percussionist Paoli Mejias, percussionist Diego Centeno, and others. In 2004, he met and has studied since with percussionist/bata drummer Victor "Papo" Sterling, becoming an Omoalañá (tambor Añá Ire Guantolokun) in 2010.

Enrolling at the University of Massachusetts' Music Department, Rene studied straight-ahead jazz, big band jazz, and rudimental studies with acclaimed concert percussionist Peter Tanner, and Berklee Drumset teacher, John Ramsay (himself a student of Alan Dawson).  Since his undergraduate days, Rene has begun an independent apprenticeship on electric and upright bass, developing his ability on those instruments and performing with numerous groups on both instruments as well.

Rene has recorded timbales, tumbadoras, bongos, drums, and electric bass on numerous records spanning various styles and bands, and performed alongside:

percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo
ex-Irakere / NG La Banda saxophonist Carlos Averhoff
pianist / producer Jason Miles
percussionist
Paoli Mejias

folk singer Antonio Caban Vale (El Topo)
Cuban trumpet great Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros
percussionist Eguie Castrillo
folk singer Roy Brown
pianist Leo Blanco
Puerto Rican rock figure Tito Auger (Fiel A La Vega)
The Nieves Family (Modesto, Monika, and Cristian Nieves
salsa singer Ray De La Paz
salsa singer Eddie Temporal
salsa singer Jesus Pagan
drummer Steve Berrios
pianist Luis Marin
drummer Jimmy Rivera
percussionist Orlando Vega
pianist Zacchai Curtis
double-bassist Luques Curtis
Cuatro player Eligio "Prodigio" Claudio
bassist/singer Heshima
pianist Warren Byrd
multi-instrumentalist Kevin Sharpe
multi instrumentalist Jo Sallins
trumpetist/pianist Jeff Holmes
flamenco dancer Ines Arrubla
vibraphonist/percussionist Damon Grant
drummer John Ramsay
bassist Oscar Stagnaro
drummer / singer David Allan Rivera
folk singer Fernando Ferrer
folk singer Walter Morciglio
trumpetist Carlos DeLeon
folk singer Tao Rodriguez Seeger
saxophonist Fred Tillis
percussionist Victor Sterling
trumpetist Ray Gonzalez
Flamenco guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo "Chuscales"
jazz pianist Eugene Uman
poet Magdalena Gomez
poet Martin Espada

WITH BANDS:

Los Pleneros De La 21
Orquesta Komboloko
Orquesta Calidad
Gilberto Rivera & Rumbanama
MarKamusic
Sabor A Timba
Carlos DeLeon and his Latin-Jazz Group
Kilombo
Viva Quetzal!
Brian Bender and The Pageans
Heshima Moja & Ofrecimiento
Kultura Borikua
Jibaro Latin Jazz

For details about his performance career, visit http://www.myspace.com/gonzalezbros

Ahmed Gonzalez
Ahmed Gonzalez

Flutes, Backup vocals, percussion


Ahmed Gonzalez has been a flutist for over 15 years, focusing on Latin-American musical styles, classical music, and American Jazz. A student of Sue Kurian (herself a student of the great French flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal), Ahmed developed a strong flute foundation in many styles, making him a versatile performer. Ahmed has recorded in numerous records, performs regularly with 6 bands in the Western MA and Hartford, CT area (Orquesta Komboloko,
Criollo Clasico, Banda Criolla, David Gonzalez Latin Jazz Experience, MarKamusic , Sabor A Timba), and is currently promoting his solo album, Flute Soul. He has also performed alongside:

percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo
percussionist Paoli Mejias
timbalero Pupy Santiago
folk singer Antonio Caban Vale (El Topo)
Cuban trumpet great Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros
percussionist Eguie Castrillo
folk singer Roy Brown
Puerto Rican rock figure Tito Auger (Fiel A La Vega)
The Nieves Family (Modesto, Monika, and Cristian Nieves)
salsa singer Ray De La Paz
salsa singer Van Lester
salsa singer Frankie Vazquez
salsa singer Eddie Temporal
salsa singer Jesus Pagan
drummer Steve Berrios
percussionist Orlando Vega
pianist Zacchai Curtis
double-bassist Luques Curtis
bassist/singer Heshima
multi-instrumentalist Kevin Sharpe
multi-instrumentalist Jo Sallins
trumpetist/pianist Jeff Holmes
flamenco dancer Ines Arrubla
drummer / singer David Allan Rivera
folk singer Fernando Ferrer
folk singer Walter Morciglio
folk singer Tao Rodriguez Seeger
bassist Alfonso "El Panameño" Joseph
percussionist/bandleader Luis Mangual
percussionist Victor Sterling
trumpetist Ray Gonzalez
Flamenco guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo "Chuscales"
poet Magdalena Gomez
poet Martin Espada

WITH BANDS:

Los Pleneros De La 21
Pupy Santiago Y La Descarga Cubana
Orquesta Komboloko
Sabor A Timba
MarKamusic
Karibe Mambo
Orquesta Costa Brava
Heshima Moja & Ofrecimiento
Kultura Borikua
Jibaro Latin Jazz


and in the prestigious Heineken Jazz Jam Series in Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts-Bright Moments Festival, University of Hartford, Casa Aboy Cultural Center (PR), Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.

For details about his performance career, visit http://www.myspace.com/gonzalezbros

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