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Featured Performing Artist

  Carlos Gonzales Classical Guitarist

"The Carlos Gonzales Show"

Carlos Gonzales: The man has been an inspiration to thousands throughout Southern California.  He established  the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society which has grown to hundreds of guitar aficionados, aspiring musicians and professional performers. Experience the gift from above through his music on our beautiful stage in Ventura. The show is a cultural art experience featuring classic classical songs. A gallery art show and wine tasting at every concert.

Biography: Carlos began his interest in the guitar at an early age. When he was around 8 years old, he was introduced to the electric guitar. No one in his immediate family had any musical background. Armando Franco, an older cousin agreed to teach young Carlos how to play basic melodies and chords. After a few informal lessons Carlos was able to start on his life long journey as a guitarist. Carlos began to take a great interest in improvisation. From the age of 10 to about the age of 17, Carlos taught himself to play blues style guitar. Carlos would listen to recording of great blues guitarist like, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Albert King Mike Bloomfield and Jimmy Hendrix. These recordings became a learning experience. It wasn’t until his last year in high school that Carlos was able to learn to read standard music notation, which gave him a new perspective on how to learn new music. Shortly after high school Carlos was able to study for the first time classical guitar with Celestino Romero. During the next two years Carlos was introduced to formal hand techniques and standard repertoire. Carlos applied himself with discipline and enthusiasm; in a short time he developed fine technique. Upon recommendation, Carlos studied with Vicente Gomez, and began teaching students and performing solo guitar.

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Carlos studied music at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, and graduated 1978 with Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and Guitar Performance. Stuart Fox was his primary teacher during this period. After an introduction to 20th Century music, Carlos then studied with many modern composers and artists: John Cage, Lucky Mosko, Elliot Carter, Leonard Stein, Mel Powel and Morton Subotnick. In 1980 Carlos began a Master’s program at California State University at Northridge. Carlos studied guitar there with Ronald Purcell. During this time, he attended master classes with Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Alexander Lagoya and John Mills. Carlos currently teaches music at Ventura College, Oxnard College and Thomas Aquinas College. He founded the Classical Guitar Society which has developed to hundreds of guitar aficionados, aspiring musicians and professional performers. Carlos is an active concert guitarist and teacher in California today.   

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The Concert Art Shows are produced by Saint Pierre in the Cultural Arts. Established since 2009, our mission is the convergence of the visual arts & the performing arts together. Proceeds benefit the artists and our non- profit cause: "Music & Art For Youth". The stage, the art, and our venue are pictured above. "Every Concert Is An Art Show". 

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