DAYRAMIR & HABANA ENTRANCÉ (postponed due to inclement weather)
Date(s) - 03/14/2017
Doors at 8:30pm
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 born in the humble Havana neighborhood of Cerro, during what is referred to in Cuba as “the special period” and known as one of the toughest economic times in Cuba’s history. Although the island severely lacked many of the basic necessities, it continued to support and promote musical education on the island.
Gonzalez’s young life centered on music. 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).
Gonzalez kept busy during his time at ENA. In his first year at there, 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.
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.
Gonzalez is building his legacy in America, and is positioning himself as a leader in the Afro-Cuban Jazz community.
“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