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Dayramir Gonzalez – Jazz in the Garden

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Dayramir Gonzalez – Jazz in the Garden

PDX JAZZ

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JUL 24, 2018, 7:30 PM
Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

Dayramir Gonzalez – Jazz in the Garden

With a decade of experience and success in the international jazz community, Havana native Dayramir Gonzalez is ready to take New York City by storm. His innovative style, energetic performances, and impressive musical scholarship have gained him recognition and awards many artists only dream of. But Gonzalez is looking forward to his next decade, and is prepared to make it even better than the last.

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. Even with his intensified workload and studies, Gonzalez was invited by now 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. In 2009, Gonzalez received an exciting invitation to prepare an application and audition for the venerable Berklee School of Music in Boston. His acceptance to the school made him the first Cuban national to receive a full scholarship. In 2011, 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.