Mark promised Debra that he’d book no more than one concert a month in 2016, but when Gonzalo Bergara tells us he’ll be in town, we just can’t turn him away. Gonzalo has been one of our most popular performers — all three of his previous performances here have sold out. His quartet (with personnel subject to change) consists of Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, Brian Netzley on bass, and Gonzalo himself on lead guitar. Their music, a modern variant of 1930s gypsy jazz, is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s native Argentina.
With and without his quartet, Bergara has performed in Croatia, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, Canada, and the US. Venues have included the Montreal Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, and countless Django Reinhardt festivals throughout the world.
“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.”
—Guitar Player magazine