New Wave Latin with Sulkary Valverde and guest performer, Eddy Navia
Special Evening Performance: Saturday, 6:30 - 8 pm
at Remy's Mexican Restaurant, 2506 Haste St.
Latin guitarist /composer Gabriel Navia is one of Bolivia’s most internationally renowned emerging Latino artists. Born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Gabriel started his music career at age 11 touring and recording with the Andean folk band Sukay, led by his father, the legendary Eddy Navia. This allowed Gabriel to perform on various stages throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Gabriel’s musical odyssey led him to study with top guitarists in the world as Cuban Gerardo Perez and flamenco artist Manuel Granados. Along the way he's received many accolades such as “Outstanding Musicianship Recognition” awarded by Berklee College of Music of Boston, MA. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Georges Lammam, Wayne Wallace, Orestes Vilato and 2 albums nominated for the Latin Grammys in (2012 – 2013) with Chuchito Valdes and Eddy Navia.
Within the Bay Area community, Gabriel is widely respected in both Latin and Spanish flamenco guitar. He’s combined the influences of Latin music, flamenco, Cuban, Brazilian and Andean into his own contemporary style. Impressed by the musical alchemy between Gabriel Navia and talented Cuban Jazz singer Sulkary Valverde, as heard on their single “Besame Mucho” (Kiss me a lot) from their soom to be released CD "Nosotros", Berkeley World Music Festival invited Gabriel to share what he calls “New Wave Latin”. Gabriel and Sulkary have recorded and shared stages with the San Francisco Symphony, Santana, Steve Miller, Eliades Ochoa, and Havana D' Primera among others.
Expect a full range of Gabriel’s music starting with an intimate performance of Spanish guitar and Sulkary Valverde’s silky voice rising to a high energy level of impassioned Latin soul, along with traditional and contemporary surprises. Joining this performance will be special guest and virtuoso star Eddy Navia, showcasing why he and the charanga are considered national treasures of Bolivia.