Gabriel ChakarjiGabriel is a young pianist and composer. Originally from Caracas/Venezuela, he grew up in a multicultural environment full of music that expands from Afro-Venezuelan Folk, Caribbean, Brazilian music to Jazz and Gospel. Gabriel began studying classical piano at the age of nine. After high school, he studied composition at Ars Nova School of music. In his teens, he took part of the Simon Bolívar Jazz Big Band touring with this orchestra to New York and Boston in 2011. His experience, versatility, and passion made him one of the most sought-after pianists in his country. His participation in the Album "Tiempo" of Linda Briceño earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013.
At age 21 Gabriel moved to New York with a scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the guidance of great masters of jazz and improvised music like Reggie Workman, George Cables, Billy Harper and Jane Ira Bloom. He quickly became active in the scene of the city performing in venues like Dizzy’s Club, Blue note, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Cornelia Street, BonaFide, Subrosa, etc. In 2016 he performed at the late night set at the Blue Note duo with Gadi Lehavi after Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock's duo set. That same year he toured to the Bern Jazz festival and Mexico City Jazz Festival. Appearances as a sideman with numerous artists such as Luisito Quintero, Linda Briceño, John Benitez, Ali Bello and much more. Gabriel is also involved in the education program of JALC (Jazz at Lincoln center) giving concerts and workshops in public schools.
The influences of cultures, rhythms and harmonies became Gabriel's own personality. His compositions and playing are rooted in social justice and multiculturalism.
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recorded January/February in Queens, NY/USA
Fernando García, drums, vocals
Jan Kus, soprano sax, tenor sax
Gabriel Vicens, guitar
Gabriel Chakarji, piano, Hammond organ
Víctor Pablo García, vibes, barril
Dan Martínez, bass
Claudia Tebar, vocals
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