"This CD is the result of four enjoyable years of hard work. Ta'am Latino: The Latin American Shabbat, portrays a mix of who I am: a Latin American Jew. Each rhythm was carefully chosen to depict the meaning of each liturgical poem. It is my wish that the music of this CD inspire people around the world to sing the Shabbat prayers, by also learning the rich music of our Latin American countries."
Idea and realization: Cantor Gastón Bogomolni
Producer: Norberto Vogel
Arrangements & Music Direction: Norberto Vogel
Vocals: Cantor Gastón Bogomolni
Back up vocals: Romina Szerman, Janina Levin, Jorge Romero, Norberto Vogel, Javier Gerenstein.
Clarinet: Bruno Linetzky
Saxes: Oscar Kreimer
Trumpets: Americo Bellotto & Francisco ¨Pancho¨ Martinez
Flute: Walter Wainstein
Violín: Adolfo Halsband
Zikus & Quenas: Carlos Flores & Paulo Carri
Charango: Carlos Flores & Christian Avolio
Piano, Keyboards, Bandoneón and programming: Norberto Vogel
Accordion: Nestor Acuña
Guitars: Hernán Reinaudo, Ariel Acuña & Christian Avolio Contrabass &
Electric bass: Roberto Amerise
Percussion & Drums set: Gabriel Nauelquir, Juan Saulquin. Jorge Romero
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Bogomolni (who is also known as “Cantor Gastón” or “Cantor G”) has been an ambassador of Jewish music for most of his life. A member of the Cantors Assembly, trained in hazzanut from an early age, Cantor Gastón, as a teenager, was sent out from Buenos Aires to outlying Jewish communities in Argentina to lead Shabbat and holiday services. At the age of 18, Cantor G began serving as the only clergy member to the Jewish community in the Dominican Republic; first in Sosúa and later in Santo Domingo. During his fruitful three years in the Caribbean Island, Cantor G was able to develop significant first ever Jewish culture events for the entire general community. Cantor Gastón spent also two years as the Hazzan and Youth Director in Barcelona, Spain, before coming to the United States. While in Spain, Cantor G served as co-producer and the vocalist of the the country’s first Klezmer orchestra, Tikun and developed and presented a one-man show titled “Jewish Holidays: Their Music Through Time.” From 2002–2008, Cantor Gastón served as the Cantor at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, where he instituted many new and exciting programs in religious services, musical education for all ages, and entertaining shows.
Cantor Gastón has a special love for Toddlers, and has been entertaining and educating little ones since he is fourteen years old. Whether it is a birthday party, a Tot’s concert, a Tot Shabbat, a storytelling environment, playing piano, hand-drums or guitar, Cantor Gastón makes the event always fun, engaging, creative and unique!
A versatile, soulful and energetic artist, Cantor G sings in various languages, styles and for all ages. Cantor Gastón’s Ashkenazi and Sephardic background and training allow him to create a unique spiritual experience at shul. In addition to singing with the Omaha Symphony, and performing in Europe, Israel and the two Americas, Cantor Gastón has released two professional CDs of Jewish music.
The Spirit Series CD collection produced by the Cantors Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, has chosen Cantor Gastón twice to include his submissions. The lullaby-style rendition of Ki Lo Na’e selected to be included on the CD "The Spirit of Passover," and Shlomit Bonah Sukkah included on “The Spirit of Israel, vol.2”.
Cantor G has also been very active in the Omaha educational network, offering a number of lectures, concerts and workshops throughout the year on Jewish musical traditions and the history of Jewish music. In addition Cantor Gastón was a board member of the Karen Sokolof Music Appreciation Fund Committe and the Karen Sokolof Javitch Emerging Composers Competition.
Cantor Gastón Bogomolni holds degrees in Music: Voice Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He has been the recipient of various merit scholarships and fellowships, as well as the winner of many voice competitions.