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Gustavo Cortiñas

Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux (09/07/1987) A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, 2013), Gustavo Cortiñas has developed a successful career in the US for over a decade, leading and accompanying ensembles in renowned stages and festivals in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. “Cortiñas' music is uplifting, robust, melodic, and gets your body moving; it's an exciting blend of the artist's musical influences from jazz and Latin American, including his native Mexico” (DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE). This can be heard on his records as a leader, “Snapshot” (2013), “a Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... an idiosyncratic album that intrinsically fuses the personal to the universal” (Lissette Corsa, Jazziz Magazine); and “ESSE” (Origin Arts 2017): “With the cohesive and captivating Esse, Cortiñas has created superb work that balances refreshingly inventive ideas with high-caliber musicianship. This exquisite and continuously gripping record is a testament to Cortiñas’ triple threat of skills as dynamic performer, agile bandleader and brilliant composer.” (Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine). During his time in Chicago, Gustavo has become one of the most sought out drummers, performing and recording with Kitt Lyles' Real Talk, Erik Skov's Liminality, Imagery Converter, Emily Kuhn's Helios, Roy McGrath Quaret, and the Carla Campopiano Trio, among other ensembles

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“Cortiñas is a highly musical and grooving drummer, as well as a laudable composer... his music is surprisingly danceable...groove-shifter, high-energy precision soloing, framed by vivid ideas. A joyful meeting of mind and spirit”. MODERN DRUMMER

“Cortiñas' music is uplifting, robust, melodic, and gets your body moving; it's an exciting blend of the artist's musical influences from jazz and Latin America, including his native Mexico.” DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

COULEURS JAZZ - FRANCE: “Esse is a masterstroke.”

Hraryr Attarian - Chicago Jazz Magazine: “With the cohesive and captivating Esse, Cortiñas has created superb work that balances refreshingly inventive ideas with high-caliber musicianship

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Chicago

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Master of Music in Jazz Studies - Northwestern University - 2013 Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Minor in Philosophy - Loyola University New Orleans, Magna Cum Laude, 2013 Combo instructor and guest artist at Northwestern University (Evanston, iL) Percussion/Drum set instructor at Flatts & Sharpe Music Academy (Chicago, IL) Part time Teaching at UCAN Academy (Chicago, IL) Supply teacher at the EDRON Academy, El Colegio británico during the school years of 2006-07 and 2007-08 teaching various subjects including music, mathematics, English, Spanish and history, and invigilating IGCSE and IB examinations. Drum instructor at EDRON Academy, El Colegio Británico through the academic years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 as head and founder of the Drum and Percussion Club. Private Drum Instructor since 2004 to present.

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Desafío Candente

Woolgathering Records
2021

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ESSE

OA2 Records
2017

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Real Talk

Kitt Lyles - independent
2015

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Martha

JLR Music
2014

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Snapshot

Self Produced
2013

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Global Skepticism

From: ESSE
By Gustavo Cortiñas

Chimeras

From: Snapshot
By Gustavo Cortiñas

Timing Is Everything

From: Snapshot
By Gustavo Cortiñas

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