Gabi Martinez is a guitarist, producer and engineer from Zaragoza(Spain) based in Los Angeles (USA). Influenced by his family (his grandfather was a guitarist), he took the first guitar lessons from him. He continued with classical training and he was instructed in modern harmony, composition, music reading, … by prestigious instrumentalists (Scott Henderson, Paul Gilbert, …). As profesional he worked in several roles and styles:
-Recording and touring with Perrozompopo (Ramon Mejia, Nicaraguan songwriter Latin Grammy nominated ). Produced by Quique Mavilla (Distrito14, Amaral, Rulo and Contrabanda).
-Recording and touring with Karamba. He performed in several major concerts around Spain and Europe, USA and Cuba. They shared stage with artists like Habana Abierta, Septeto Santiaguero, Ariel Rot or Calle 13. He worked in the project nominated to the CubaDisco “Un Puente hacía La Habana” featuring by Eliades Ocha, La Shica, Fuel Fandango, Javier Ojeda (Danza Invisible), Pedrito Calvo, El Bicho, Qva Libre, Raul Paz, Dejavu, Adrian Berazain, Buena Fe, Leoni Torres and Mario Diaz.
-Producction, recording and touring Fulanito de Tal’s album, (winner of the latest edition of X Factor in Spain). In this project he also worked with artists like Mariano Casanova (star of the film “Historia de un grupo de rock” by Juanma Bajo-Ulloa) and Vanito Brown, among others.
-He developed Tinglao fusion band, where he reflectes his musical mixtures. With this jazz-fusion project, he shared the stage with world-wide artists like Robben Ford, Esperanza Spalding, Bill Evans, The Earth Wind and Fire Experience, Christian Scott, Chris Dave, Jazzanova, Pepe Bao or Stanley Jordan. He compose, recorded and produced ” Por encontrar más luz” with a international tour.
-He has Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, thus achieving in specialized way go into the world of electric guitar hardware. He is endorser by prestigious international brands (Shur, CAA, Providence, G-Lab, La Bella). Also, he was honored of becoming a dual member of the Recording Academy (Grammy) and the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammy) and by the American Federation of Musicians, with Distinction in the Arts to qualify with the O-1 visa.
Now in Los Angeles, he keeps working in his eclectic career. He played and worked in projects with, for example: Rafa Sardina(Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson,…), Victor Indrizzo(Beck, Alanis Morissette,…), Sean Hurley(John Mayer, Alicia Keys,…), Juan de Dios Martin(Barón Rojo, Camarón,…), Arturo Solar(Maria Carey, Christina Aguilera,…), Carlos Rodgarman(Juan Gabriel, The Rodgarband,…), Carlitos del Puerto(Bruce Springteen, Chick Korea,…), Benjamin J. Shepherd(Peter Erskine, Lee Ritenour,…), Bunny Burnell (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter,…), Rafa Esparza-Ruiz(Ricky Martin, Santana,…), Javo Barrera(La Quinta Estacion, Cristian Castro,…), Andrew Gouche(Prince, Chaka Khan,…), Matt Rhode(American Idol, Anastasia,…), Carmine Rojas(David Bowie, Rod Steward,…), Oliver Leiber(Paula Abdul, Rod Stewart,…), Bernard Fowler(The Rolling Stones,…), Jory Steinberg(Toto, Quincy Jones,…), Emiliano Caballero(Bon Jovi, Jill Scott,…),…and many others.
He was selected by the Recording Academy to join in the program GRAMMY NEXT, designed to identify and empower the next generation of music industry leaders.
To be continued…
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