Gonzalo Bergara

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Posted November 13, 2008 in

In music, as in any form of creative passion, one can select many forks in the road of the meandering journey in finding, pursuing or creating a personal style. There’s sheer emulation, there’s nonsensical inspiration, there’s the educated and calculated approach, and there’s a whole batch of madness somewhere in between. For brevity’s sake, we’ll just say that guitarist Gonzalo Bergara’s part of the “in between.” Originally hailing from Buenos Aires, Bergara has embarked on a significant musical career that has found him often (and rightfully) compared to the stylings of the distinctive, famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhart. Take a spin of Bergara’s cuts (check out his MySpace page, for example, at www.myspace.com/gonzalobergara), and you’ll discover that he slyly melds the standard-fare jump-swing phrasing expected of the traditional jazz guitarist with a formidable dose of the Spanish-flavored flamenco and classical guitar, giving him the green light to engage in the kind of fretboard fury more commonly seen south of the border (or perhaps, also in the Iberian peninsula). Backed by Jeff Radaich on guitar and Bryan Netzley on bass, Bergara and company are coming to the Inland Empire as part of a tour promoting his latest effort, Portena Soledad, which has been publicized as an Editor’s Pick from Guitar Player Magazine. Bergara’s Claremont show at the Press is one of a host of SoCal appearances this month, before he heads out to Paris for a string of dates at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in the second week of December. Yes, Bergara may be a bit hard to peg, but he’s incredibly easy on the ears. (Waleed Rashidi)

Gonzalo Bergara at The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, (909) 625-4808, Thurs., Nov. 13, 9PM


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