A professional guitarist from the age of 16, Raymond Gonzalez has performed in styles from classical to folk, blues and jazz to rock, traveling extensively from California to New England. Raymond began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately lead to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.
He has written and produced eleven albums of original songs and solo guitar pieces. Curly-Headed Humans (1989), and On the Water (1993) were both recorded with Amy Malkoff; since going solo, Raymond has recorded Thieves (1997), the company you keep (1999), Moonlight and Sage (2004), tunes from the blue fish (ballads, breakdowns and tributes) (2006), tunes from the blue fish II (2008), Night Sky (2008), Carols (2010), Open Tuning (2012)-Top 20 list for 2012 Metronome Magazine, One Bright Light (2013) A song of Raymond's was selected for When October Goes, a compilation released on Rounder Records. He also continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena, recently premiering a piece for guitar and flute at the first University of Massachusetts - Boston Faculty Composer's Forum.
According to Neil Fagen in Performing Songwriter magazine, "It's hard to say which is better, his way with a six string or his way with a pen."
Armed with a quirky sense of humor and “dazzling guitar work” (Boston Globe), Raymond combines classical, jazz, Celtic and Latin influences into his songs and solo guitar compositions. His topics range from ethereal to- well, songs about pigs and mermen and most things in between.
HAS SHARED THE STAGE WITH:
John Rebourn, Beppe Gambetta, Adam Miller, Sean de Burca, Peter Lang, Brooks Williams, Patty Larkin, Pete Kennedy, Dar Williams, David Wilcox, The Story (Jonatha Brooke) Chris Smither, Jonathan Edwards, Eddie From Ohio, Richard Shindell, Christine Lavin, Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Cliff Eberhardt, Hugh Blumenfeld, Steve Lamb, Ellis Paul, Bill Stains, Northern Lights, Cheryl Wheeler, Peter Mulvey, Lucy Kapalansky, Natalia Zukerman, Peter Janson, Cozy Sheridan, Ken Bonfield.
“One of America’s finest guitarists and composers” "A triple threat" - Dave Palmater / WUMB
“It’s hard to say which is better, his way with a six string or his way with a pen” - Neil Fagan, Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Raymond Gonzalez proves himself to be a world class artist worthy of recognition beyond our humble seaside state" -Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine, Boston.
“A world class musician” - Peter Janson, Eastern Woods Music. World/New Age guitarist
“What’s a great songwriter like you doing here?!” - Bob Franke, songwriter
“One of the premiere guitarists” - Mare Streetpeople, producer
“You don’t learn to play guitar like that by eating chicken wings and watching TV” - Hugh Moffet, songwriter
“...dazzling guitar work” – The Boston Globe