Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico Trio
“A first rate World Music ensemble of three virtuoso musicians”-
Each member of this trio is a true virtuoso and established master of his instrument . Together they are a
Caribbean powerhouse bringing to life the high energy of Puerto Ricos Cuatro (Jibaro music), the excitement of Afro –Boricua drums (bomba and plena) and the elegant guitars of Old San Juan. From the classical and Latin tradition to modern day Latin Jazz. From Jibaro to Son Cubano. From Piazolla and Correa to Lennon/ McCartney. From the Caribbean to the Americas. A trio like NO other!
Now booking for 2013 tour!
“The Criollo Clasico Trio” –is anchored by Jose Gonzalez –one of the most distinguished and most versatile musicians from Puerto Rico. Jose has performed hundreds of concerts highlighting Latin, Jazz, Brazilian, Smooth Jazz, Spanish, World, Classical, Pop and Caribbean music. The Trio of Guitar /Flute / Latin Percussion brings the festive rhythmic excitement, color and passionate energy of authentic Latin/Spanish/World Music to any event. Specializing in the music of “The Americas” the trio offers the authentic sounds of festive music from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Spain and USA.
Performances with the Hartford and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Heineken Jazz Jam Series and the World Guitar Festival/Martinique as well as hundreds of concerts.
Featured artists on four Putumayo World Music CD’s.
1-“I really loved the music I heard from you. It was the right stuff at the right time.. Very alive, very refreshing!! Thank you!” George N. Parks, Professor of Music, Director, UMass Minuteman Marching Band, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2— Jose, We all had a great time and very much enjoyed your music!!! Thank you for your hard work and contribution to our event!!! Ashley Malcolm –Artistic Operations - Hartford Symphony Orchestra
3--"Our audience that evening, myself included, was enthralled by the beauty and sophistication of your musical compositions and the outstanding talent of all the musicians. Your performance unquestionably ranks at the very top among the many events we have produced over the past 20 years." -Valeriano Ramos – Asst. Dean of Yale College, CT
4--“The audience that evening enjoyed one of the most beautiful concerts presented in San Juan in recent years. The genius of Gonzalez performing on our national instrument ,the Cuatro, and as musical director and arranger make this one of the most prestigious music ensembles of Puerto Rico.” Marisa Rosado/President Casa Aboy Cultural Center/San Juan, Puerto Rico
5-"The dynamic sound of Jose Gonzalez's Criollo Clasico resonated throughout the Leslie Phelps Forum
and brought a full house to its feet". Natalia E Arbulu- Union News Newspaper/ MA
6-"Spectacular;" "the best program at Holyoke Community College in a long time;".. "a real treat!;.. "Jose's music is a gift to the soul! Orlando Isaza/ Senior Special Programs Coordinator//HCC
7--“Your performance was a rousing success! In the history of our “Ovations” program, we have never received so many notes and e-mail messages expressing gratitude and enthusiasm for a concert. The student response was one of irrepresible joy. Thank you so much for such a wonderful program” - Gail Dunn co-chair of “Ovations”- STCC, MA
8-From the opening bars Criollo Clasico captured the enchanted audience of over 1,000 listeners complete and rapt attention. Jose, we adored hosting you! ...we are eager to invite these terrifically exciting musicians back to our stage! Alison Meyers/Director, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
9-“Your music was magnificent, and undoubtedly one of the finest events we have presented in recent years. Your ensemble was especially impressive, as were your high professional standards and ability to communicate so effectively with everyone. Thank you for your wonderful concert!” “Dr. Terry Jenoure- Director “Augusta Savage Gallery” UMASS, Amherst, MA
10-Criollo Clasico wins loud applause in Ashfield. A very enthusiastic audience just wouldn’t let Criollo Clasico leave. Even after two encore pieces the applause in Ashfield Town Hall was as loud as ever! – The Recorder, Greenfield.,MA
11-"I'm happy to report that the concert was a huge success, and everyone loved the wonderful artistry of your performance. I look forward to another collaboration!" - William Scribner –Artistic Director “Bronx Arts Ensemble, New York
12- I’d like to thank you for the incredible performance by Jose Gonzalez and BANDA CRIOLLA!
Gil Martinez, President & CEO Hispanic Professional Network, Inc.Hartford,CT
13-" the very warm and appreciative reaction of the audience expressed how pleased they were with the
excellence of the performance. We will gladly present you here again!" Paquita Vivo –
(Organization of American States, Washington, DC)
14- “What an excellent performance by Banda Criolla! Everyone on campus thought you were fabulous and enjoyed the concert. It was the best performance the Culture House has ever had! Ross Firsenbaum – Culture House /Amherst College
15-“ The music was absolutely wonderful and people could not stop dancing the entire night! We have
gotten HUGE numbers of compliments about the music, I have to thank you for exceeding all of our
expectations .” Abigail Warshaw/Mass General Hospital, Boston,MA
16-José González/ Criollo Clásico were the stars of our January Term this year .. Our audience demanded an encore
performance! Margaret Schramm - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
17- Your music made the Maplewood come alive in a way that no other musician has been able to do in
the whole year that I've been booking there - numerous acts....just can't touch the beauty and energy of
your music...you touched many peoples hearts and souls that night, including mine. Truly
unforgettable! Thank you so much! Laura Wood- Director- Maplewood Music Series,
18- An hour was not nearly enough time to enjoy the quality of your soulful lively performance. Jose
Gonzalez and Banda Criolla mesmerized all!”" Amparo Ochoa/ Intl Festival/ Wheaton College,MA
19-_"Gonzalez highlighted his musicality and virtuosism as a soloist with expressive phrasing and awesome technique!"
– Jaime Torres Torres - El Nuevo Dia (University of Puerto Rico)
20 - Jose, You and your quartet are incredible musicians, . it was a real pleasure working with you and listening to you. -
David Kidwell-Conductor - Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra, Mass.
21- If you are interested in a band, I would recommend José González, I have heard them perform in various settings for mixed audiences: they are hot! Luis Melendez WFCR Radio/UMASS -Amherst-MA
22-Many people have made a point of telling me how much they appreciated your performance. The artistic
director of Princeton University Concerts, also sends his thanks. Feel free to refer anyone to us who's
considering hiring Criollo Clasico in the future. Michael Stone, Princeton University Concerts.
23- “We enjoyed the show last night! I thought the audience participation was one of the strongest
performances I’ve seen in a long time. Walter Wagoner- New Haven Concert Productions
24-Jose, Thanks for a great performance! Joyce Magee- CT Classical Guitar Society
25 -"Over 5,500 audience members in attendance concurred with me through their enthusiastic ovations.
Our office has received numerous positive messages complimenting the band for their artistry,
professionalism, punctuality, and congeniality." -Roberta Uno - (U-Mass, Amherst)
26-“The concert at the Hill-stead Museum on Wednesday was fabulous!”
Antonio Marrero- Eastern Connecticut State University.
27-“Awesome!- The best music we have ever had!,.. for any event!”
Steve Mutti - Historic Wayside Inn, Sudbury,MA
28-“Thank you for a wonderful performance, judging from the reactions of the students, you killed! (in my
estimation you did, too!)”. Caroline Gear-- Hampshire College-
29-“ Your outstanding performance on Saturday made for one of the finest
concerts we’ve held at the library. Carol Luers Eymen/ Nashua Public Library, NH
30- We are extremely pleased and delighted by the many compliments we received from staff and
visitors alike about your wonderful performance at “MFA for the Holidays” celebration.
Catherine East – Museum of Fine Arts , Boston.
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