John Gonzalez / Colombia

PERSONAL  AND PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

John Gonzalez is Colombian-Canadian accordion player who specializes in Latin Music, specifically Vallenato and Cumbia. His particular style of playing is heavily influenced by his travels and broad cultural experiences.

John has studied  accordion technique  under the direction of Ivan Chaparro, El Turco Gil, Javier  Villalobos, Luis Hernandez and Konstantin R. Bozhinov. He is currently attending the Vancouver Community College School of Music and studying  accordion with the famous accordion player, Sergio Luis Rodrigez.

About Vallenato:

Traditional Vallenato music fuses cultural expressions from northern Colombia, the songs of cow-herders of the Greater Magdalena region and the chants of African slaves with the traditional dance rhythms of the indigenous people of the Sierra  Nevada de Santa Marta.

These expressions are also blended with Spanish poetry and musical instruments of European derivation. The lyrics of traditional Vallenato music interpret the world through stories that mix realism and fantasy, expressed through songs that  are nostalgic, joyful, sarcastic and humorous. Traditional instruments include a small drum played with the hands, a wooden ribbed stick played with a wire comb, and an accordion.

HISTORY,  CHALLENGES AND MILESTONE

John , like any other new comer to Canada, faced challenges, however, his humbleness and determinations to share his love for music were always greater than all the obstacles. He played his accordion in the sky train station, and on the streets of Vancouver with an amazing pride and love . He integrated quickly to the Latin America community and gained admiration from all. He proactively reaches out to events/ restaurants to present his music and has engaged a variety of singers and instrument players to join the band. Thanks to his contributions and hard work, Vancouver/Canada can now live the joy of Vallenato and share its legacy.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

He performs regularly around Vancouver with his band: Breaking Boundaries. They have performed at Science World, The Backstage Lounge, Red Room, Lux Lounge, Privee Night Club, Cabana, Kino’s, Cafe Deux Soleils, Richmond Theater, Rickshaw  Theater, Andina, La Taqueria, among others and different festivals in the Lower Mainland.

As a historical collaborator, John played: “Relicario de Besos” with the renown Binomio de Oro. He is also working in different projects that are all related to each other.

Projects

– Spanish Meet Up Tradici6n & Sabor Breaking Boundaries Band

– Joshua Job & John Gonzalez

– Reformando el mundo, sembrando semillas

WORKS IN PROGRESS:

Books:

  1. Breaking  Boundaries Busking
  2. Give away $100 USA TV Show – YouTube:
  3. THE PARTY

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