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Dayramir Gonzalez Concert May 6th 2pm with special guest
As part of the Month Long Artful Piano Project, We have invited a variety of internationally recognized virtuosos to appear at the Waban Library Center:
Gonzalez was born in Havana. His father, Fabian Gonzalez, (a successful Afro-Cuban jazz trumpet player) became a driving force and inspiration in his musical development. At the age of eight he began attending Paulita Concepcion Elementary School of Music, where he found his instrument, the piano. He was later accepted to Cuba’s famed National High School for the Arts (ENA). In his first year, at the age of 16, former Irakere singer and percussionist Oscar Valdes discovered him. He was invited to become a founding member, pianist and composer for Diakara. After three successful years with Oscar, Cuban drumming legend, Giraldo Piloto discovered Gonzalez, yet again and invited him to join Klimax, and would perform and record with them for the next six years.
In 2004, he won first place in performance at the annual JoJazz festival and competition, known as Havana’s top venue for up and coming jazz performers. The following year, he won first place in the composition category and won his first record deal with the national record label Colibri. His recordings would win three Cubadisco, known as the Grammy’s of Cuba.
Gonzalez was accepted to the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, where he spent four years studying composition with renowned professor Juan Piñera. Gonzalez was invited by long-time friend and mentor Chucho Valdes to open the Havana Jazz Festival in 2008. This prestigious invitation proved as a sign for what was to come and in 2009, Gonzalez received an invitation to audition for the Berklee School of Music in Boston. His acceptance to the school made him the first Cuban national to receive a full scholarship.
In only his second year at the institution, Gonzalez was signed by Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records and became the face of the label. In that same year, he was selected as one of the top five pianists in Berklee’s annual Piano Gala, performing at the Berklee Performance Center.
In 2012, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of their Voices of Latin America series, along with Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Perez, Egberto Gismonti and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan. His performance was later featured in the Wall Street Journal. In 2013, Gonzalez graduated Berklee Summa Cum Laude, after receiving the Wayne Shorter Award for Most Outstanding Composer of the Year.
After graduating, Gonzalez moved to New York where he currently resides. In his short time in the city Gonzalez has made his long time dream of creating his own space for musical education and development a reality by creating the “Art School of Contemporary Performance and Creativity.” This music school is based on the Cuban school of thought, which focuses on a more comprehensive approach to music education at the elementary school level. His goal is to create musical education, which is accessible to all students and families, especially those in low-income neighborhoods.
A few months ago, he decided to come back to the studio to record his second album, “The Grand Concourse” to be released in 2016. This ambitious project presents Gonzalez not only as a performer, but also as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and bandleader. An album full of dynamic musical settings from string quartet, full orchestra, solo piano choir and Afro Cuban jazz septet.
"Dayramir Gonzalez belongs to those musicians who capture you in the room and make you feel just one thing, the immense desire of remaining near his magic piano." - Jazz Casual