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Gabriel Vicéns

Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as “a thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count,” Manhattan-based guitarist, composer, improviser, and painter Gabriel Vicéns is one of the most in-demand guitarists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Vicéns made a move to NYC after a four-year Professorship at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He has been mentored by an impressive list of performers and composers, including Ray Anderson, Carlos Cabrer, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Daria Semegen, Paul Bollenback, Antonio Hart, Fernando Mattina, Lois V Vierk, and Luis Perdomo. Legendary bassist Eddie Gómez says Vicéns is “a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar.” Vicéns playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from jazz, rock, new classical music, electronic music, and the Caribbean and Latin American folklore.

Vicéns has been featured at venues and festivals such as Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Slovenia, Uno Jazz San Remo Festival in Italy, and the Festival Havana World Music in Cuba. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as The Cell Theater, Cornelia Street Cafe, Latea Theater, Fat Cat, The Owl Music Parlor, and Terraza 7 both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of the free improvisational collaborative group No Base Trio, alongside alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo and drummer Leonardo Osuna. Vicéns has performed and worked with artists such as Alex Sipiagin, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Paoli Mejias, Will Vinson, Rudy Royston, among others. Internationally, he has performed throughout Slovenia, Italy, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the states.

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”Guitarist-composer Gabriel Vicéns, a leading light of Puerto Rico’s Rico’s jazz scene, flaunts a modernist sensibility on his impressive debut as a leader” Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine

“A rising jazz guitarist... Vicéns has provided a splendid recording that conveys a clear representation of his culture and individuality” Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“Puerto Rican guitarist Gabriel Vicéns shows signs of being one of the new aces of mainstream guitar” Mark Keresman, Jazz Inside Magazine

“A thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count” Scott Yanow, Downbeat Magazine

“Gabriel Vicéns is an exceptional artist, with a shimmering sense of sonority and the ability to find a keen balance between poetry and intensity” Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

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No Base Trio

Setola di Maiale
2020

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Coming Back

Outside in Music
2019

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Revolution

Self Produced
2019

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Days

Inner Circle Music
2015

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Days

Inner Circle Music
2015

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Point in Time

Self Produced
2012

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The World In My View (feat. David Sánchez)

From: Point in Time
By Gabriel Vicéns

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