10/03/22 - GONZALO BERGARA & LEAH ZEGER

Join us for a special Monday night at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A quintet featuring Gonzalo Bergara and Leah Zeger, two accomplished musical artists bringing their magic to Altadena. 

GONZALO BERGARA is considered one of the best interpreters of gypsy jazz playing, with his quartet, in the United States and the world. He has appeared at The Coffee Gallery Backstage several times including a stint with The John Jorgensen Quintet.

MONDAY NIGHT is the only time he, and Leah, could carve out of their over achieving schedule to come back to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. This is a once-in-five-years event. It may not come again.

GONZALO BERGARA QUINTET - Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a pumping rhtyhm section. After having toured the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native Argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD Porteña Soledad with glowing reviews all over the world. Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more. His new CD Porteña Soledad was editor’s Pick on Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar.

Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz.

Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more. His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the U.S. with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, most Django-style Fests in the US and countless more. Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving."

LEAH ZEGER - "Leah Zeger performs brilliantly in a variety of idioms." ~ Scott Yanow, Jazz Critic

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, violinist and vocalist Leah Zeger comes from a family of professional symphony musicians. Having played the violin since the age of six, she has won numerous awards and soloed with orchestras in and around Texas. At 15 she made her solo debut playing the first movement of the Wiieniawski Violin Concerto with the Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra. That same year, she began studying voice with leading American mezzo-soprano, Katherine Ciesinski. Zeger attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Before graduating, she performed the Bach Double at Carnegie Hall. She won a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in both opera and violin. At 19 years old, while still in college, Zeger won a tenured position in the first violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest member on staff.

While in the Austin Symphony, Zeger played with soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Leila Josefowitz, Yo Yo Ma, Elvis Costello, and bands such as Pink Martini, The 4 Tops, the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and Charlie Daniels, with whom she was selected to duel on the tune Devil Went Down to Georgia. She has appeared on the television show, Austin City Limits with both Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson. From 2006-07, she performed as the lead singer/violinist/dancer with the international world-touring fiddle concert sensation Barrage across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In 2007, she appeared as a soloist at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Blues Festival in Chicago alongside prominent artists such as Alison Krauss, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow.

During that year, Zeger was also offered a 3 year contract with Celine Dion in Vegas but turned it down in favor of various touring opportunities. In the last 2 years, she has performed with legendary world-music duo, Strunz and Farah and Argentinian-born gypsy jazz guitarist, Gonzalo Bergara at international music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Panama City Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, and Jazz at the Olympia in Paris. She has also toured with the Trans-siberian Orchestra and was concertmaster/soloist for Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee).

Most recently, Leah became a member of The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, performed with Miley Cyrus on her live unplugged show, recorded and produced her second album, "Pour Moi", produced and starred in her first major music video "The Man I Love", and toured with five-time Grammy-winner, Cee Lo Green as his solo violinist. She served as concertmaster and solo violinist with Annie Lennox on all of her music videos for the "Nostalgia" album and on Lennox' PBS Great Performances special. She is endorsed by Yamaha and D'Addario.

Leah Zeger's Website.  

Monday October 3, 2022 | 8:00 PM | $20.00
Reservations: (626) 798-6236


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