Old friends in new combinations perform at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30). Virtuoso guitarist Gabriel Ayala always brings talented musicians to liven his shows. On this occasion we will be treated to the latest incarnation of the Gabriel Ayala Trio, featuring Ayala on guitar, Amilcar Guevara on keyboard, and Danny Brito on percussion.
The program will feature Ayala’s original “JazzMenco” compositions and arrangements. Ayala describes the evolution of the JazzMenco genre as an ongoing process of translating the sounds in his head into musical notes and instrumental textures, fusing the classical structure of Flamenco with the improvisations of jazz.
Since his last appearance at the ASA, Ayala has won several national and international awards. He has been invited to perform and give master classes in Palermo, Italy this winter, and in 2017, he’ll be a featured artist for a music festival in London.
As a member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Ayala is proud to be an advocate for all things positive for Native American youth. His Gabriel Ayala Foundation has awarded over 25 scholarships for higher education. In 2014, the Gabriel Ayala Trio performed a benefit concert at the San Xavier Mission, resulting in a DVD and CD, Gabriel Ayala Live at the Mission, with proceeds going toward restoration of the mission. The Gabriel Ayala Quintet’s current CD Encore! also was recorded live at the mission.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer