Concert and Raffle to Win a Fine Jewel
By Rosario Otero
Gil Gutiérrez studied sculpture, painting, and ceramics at the art academy in Oaxaca as a boy. There he heard the sounds of classical music and learned to play cello on a borrowed instrument. At the Benito Juárez Autonomous University in Oaxaca, he studied classical guitar, and his musical interests included classical, flamenco, son cubano, and jazz. Gil began playing classical guitar in Oaxaca restaurants, catching the attention of German-born guitarist Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink. Gil teamed up with Fink to play venues in San Miguel de Allende. Later, Gil went to Mexico City to study jazz, earning money by playing his guitar on city buses. He has played in South America and Spain, the Kennedy Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC, and at Millennium Park, Chicago. Doc Severinsen, leader of the NBC Orchestra on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show for twenty years, heard him play here in San Miguel and they collaborated on their first album, En Mi Corazón, in 2007. Gutiérrez is the bandleader, founder, and musical director of the San Miguel 5 group, which has performed across the US. In 2011 Gil and Doc played at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Gil (born, May 1, 1962, in Oaxaca, Mexico) is a virtuoso Mexican guitarist and composer.
Gil Gutierréz and Gabriel Hernández
Wed, May 30, 8:30pm
Hernández Macías 75
Gabriel Hernández was born on July 17, 1964. He began his studies early at the Luis Casas Romero conservatory in Camaguey, Cuba, and finished his piano and theoretical career at 15. He received the EGREM prize for best musical orchestration the same year. Gabriel became a keynote player in the renowned annual jazz festivals in Havana, Cuba, and was part of the León Thomas and Dizzy Gillespie bands. A world-class artist, Gabriel has performed at numerous international jazz festivals in Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Holland, France, Hungary, and Spain. In 1985 the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists awarded him with the highest honor. A member of the Jury and National Evaluation Commission of the National Institute of Music in Havana, he has played with musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Jean Carter, Chucho Valdes, Tito Puente, and the Fine Wine Trio.
Jewelry designer Alberto Lenz has two main sources of inspiration in terms of form and artistic language: pre-Columbian art, mainly Mayan architecture and sculpture, and Western constructivist and reductive art. His work explores the use of logic-based systems derived from mathematics, geometry, or game theory. His work is a unique blend of antiquity and modernity. He considers each piece as a small sculpture unto itself, a work of art that represents his passions, what he thinks and what he wants to accomplish in art.
Gil and Gabriel will perform together on Wednesday, May 20, to benefit art promotion and educational programs for young people through the Children’s Art Foundation. Every ticket sold will participate in a raffle to win a fine jewel by artist Alberto Lenz valued in more than US$500.