Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara

Swallow Hill Music - Tuft TheatreDenverCO
All Ages
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Gonzalo Bergara

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Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz.

Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. Just 30 years old, Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more. His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the U.S. with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, most Django-style Fests in the US and countless more.

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet's first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece." The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving."

Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker’s love of music was first proven at age 6, when he saved his one dollar per week allowance long enough to purchase an electric keyboard. At age 7, his mother found him in tears when his boom box “ate” his favorite Michael Jackson cassette tape. This was also the year that Aaron discovered his lifelong love: guitar. Since his first gig at a coffee shop at age 13, Aaron’s music career has taken him to nationwide festivals in the U.S. and international performances in Costa Rica, Iceland, and Germany; and televised performances for the Food Network, PBS, and The Everyday Show. In 2013, Aaron was a featured guest on the Icelandic version of Prairie Home Companion. While having earned two Bachelors and one Masters degree in music, Aaron considers his practical education to have come from performing with international guitarists including his two heroes Joscho Stephan and Gonzalo Bergara. Aaron also enjoys composing music for live performances, audio recordings, and films, including a feature-length score for the Regional Emmy-nominated sports documentary, Dream Season (2012).

Claude Sim

Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist. He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory (BM '99) with Greg Fulkerson, Almita Vamos, and viola with Roland Vamos. At age 21, he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony under music director Marin Alsop. As frequent soloist with the orchestra, he has earned praise for his 'lustrous tone and poise' by the Rocky Mountain News, and dubbed ‘Denver’s Musical Adventurer’ by the Denver Post. He was formerly Associate Principal Second of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has served as guest Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Second of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, and first violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Equally at home performing on violin and viola, Sim has been a grand prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has served as guest first violin and viola on concert tours with the critically acclaimed Miró and Pacifica Quartets, and has collaborated in performance with acclaimed pianists Christopher O'Riley, Jeffrey Kahane, and members of the Vermeer and Tokyo String Quartets.

Sim is the solo violinist of Extasis, the noted tango group with a studio album to their credit. The ensemble’s arrangements of Golden Age tango by D’Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese through the nuevo tango of Rovira and Piazzolla serve as foundations of their wide ranging repertoire. Extasis performance tours and community engagements have reached audiences across the United States and Europe.

Known for his multi-genre interests, Sim’s jazz album Time With You presents a collection of standards from the American Songbook. Trumpeter Greg Gisbert (Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry sideman) is a featured artist on the record. Sim has performed with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Odom’s jazz quintet as guest soloist, and has shared the stage with Irish American fiddler Eileen Ivers, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), rock band Guster, and with iconic Denver rock band Devotchka, both live and on the album 100 Lovers. He performed as a duo with GRAMMY award-winning artist and banjo master Béla Fleck on a 2014 Colorado tour, culminating at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Sim is a member of the Aaron Walker Quartet, specializing in exploring original modern and standard Gypsy jazz. The ensemble collaborates with today’s elite string jazz artists including guitarists Joscho Stephan, Gonzalo Bergara, and jazz violinists Tim Kliphuis and Jason Anick.

Spacefly is an all-instrumental improvisation group with Sim on custom 5 string electric octave mandolin, electric guitarist Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band), bassist Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa and drummer Dean Oldencott. The genre-defying group plays original compositions that highlight the members’ diverse backgrounds.

Claude Sim’s performing career and concurrent teaching philosophy are driven by striving to be a complete artist and citizen. His teaching mission focuses on developing true versatility while building connections across musical genres and communities. His previous teaching appointments include University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University. In August 2019, he will join the CU Boulder College of Music as Assistant Professor of Violin.

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Tuft Theatre
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210