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Gabriel Navia is one of Bolivias most internationally renowned emerging latino artist. Producer, guitarist, singer and composer, he has collaborated in 2 albums nominated for the Latin Grammys in 2012 and 2013. Gabriel is one of the most foremost exponents of latin music in the Bay Area.
Born into a musical family in Bolivia, Gabriel's career in music began at age eleven, with his performance in the disc "Encuentros" with Grammy nominee Eddy Navia and andean group Sukay in 1993. Since then he has recorded in over a dozen albums including a 2012 Latin Grammy nominated album "Piano y Charango" by Chuchito Valdes and Eddy Navia and 2013 Grammy nominated album "Carnaval en Piano Charango" by Eddy Navia and Chuchito Valdes.
Fusioning Latin music, flamenco, cuban, brazilian, jazz and traditional bolivian music in a contemporary and personal way, he has performed on many stages around the world including Asia, Europe, North and South America. Working on stage and in the recording studio with artist such as Chuchito Valdes, Eddy Navia, Fito Reinoso, Georges Lammam, Wayne Wallace, Jack Douglas (John Lennons recording enginier), Orestes Vilato, Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (from the Santana band), John Santos, Calixto Oviedo, Roger Glenn, John Handy, Alfredo Coca, Joe Craven, Jeff Massanari, Alex Conde, Edgardo Cambon & Candela, Jesus Diaz, Sandy Perez, Fogo Na roupa, Los Kjarkas, Willy Claure, Grillo Villegas, Savia Andina, Colin Douglas, Melecio Magdaluyo, John Calloway, Ernesto Oviedo and the San Francisco Symphony among others.
He studied at Instituto Eduardo Laredo in Cochabamba Bolivia with cuban master guitarist Gerardo Perez, The School of the Arts of San Francisco and the Jazz School of Berkeley CA. In 2002 he was honored with an Outstanding Musicianship Recognition by Berklee College of Music of Boston MA. In 2007 he received a scholarship by Fundacion Carolina to study in Barcelona with Flamenco guitar master Manuel Granados at the Conservatori del Liceu de Barcelona.
Gabriel is widely respected as one of the top guitarist in the field of latin and flamenco music in the San Francisco Bay Area community. He has participated and conducted workshops, lectures and clinics in the US and Latin America since 2003 at institutions of all types including Waldorf Schools from California, The Glass House of Stourbridge West Midlands England to Instituto Eduardo Laredo and the Conservatorio Milan of Cochabamba Bolivia.
Gabriel was founder and director of the instrumental andean music group Inti Wayna (1995- 1998), co-founder and director of latin pop group Simbao (1999-2001). Co-founder and director of the bolivian jazz ensemble Take five (1998 - 2000). He was co-founder and director of latin pop group Nomade which had hit single "Pensar en ti" among the top charts of bolivian pop music (2004- 2005). Co-founder of the instrumental contemporary music duo Arias-Navia (2003 - 2005). Founder and director of the Gabriel Navia trio, latin jazz and flamenco ensemble (2003 - 2005). He produced and recorded his first full lenght solo album "Latin Guitar Waves" in 2006. He produced and recorded the album "Madera" in a Jazz-Flamenco guitar duo with Ari Caprow in 2009. He participated in the production of 2 albums nominated for the Latin Grammys in (2012 - 2013} with Chuchito Valdes and Eddy Navia.
Gabriel's work has been recognized and supported by the San Francisco Latino Community Foundation, Fundacion Carolina in Spain, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Club Cultural Deportivo Bolivia of Los Angeles California. Among celebrities and supporters such as former San Francisco mayors Willie Brown and Lt. Gov. of California Gavin Newsom and legendary comedian Robin Williams.
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