Graduate of The New School for Jazz in New York City, Gabriel Chakarji has more than 6 years of experience teaching Piano, Composition, and Theory. He has toured as a pianist all over North America, South America, Europe and North Africa. Originally from Caracas Venezuela, he grew up in a multicultural environment full of music that expands from afro-Venezuelan Folk, Caribbean, Brazilian music to Jazz and Gospel.
His experience, versatility, and passion made him one of the most sought-after pianists in his country. His participation in the Album "Tiempo" of Linda Briceño earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013. At age 21 Gabriel moved to New York with a scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the guidance of great masters of jazz and improvised music like Reggie Workman, George Cables, Billy Harper and Jane Ira Bloom. He quickly became active in the scene of the city performing in venues like Dizzy's Club, Blue note, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Cornelia Street, BonaFide, Subrosa, etc. In 2016 he performed at the late night set at the Blue Note duo with Gadi Lehavi after Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock’s duo set. That same year he toured to the Bern Jazz festival and Mexico City Jazz Festival. Appearances as a sidemen with numerous artists such as Luisito Quintero, Linda Briceño, Jhon Benitez, Ali Bello and many more. Gabriel is also involve in the education program of JALC (Jazz at Lincoln center) giving concerts and workshops in public schools.
The influences of cultures, rhythms and harmonies became Gabriel’s own personality. His compositions and playing are rooted in social justice and multiculturalism.
The lessons are pretty open for any musician with curiosity to learn something new.
We could talk about:
-How to get better at your instrument or voice
-Theory, Composition, Arranging skills.
-Ensemble, bandleading, rehearsals.
-Music production, Audio, Video
-How to practice? How to nurture creativity?
-Or any other curiosity you might have..!
We could structure the lesson in many different ways depending on your preference and level.
We could do it pretty organized, with a list of requirements, goals and scheduled assignments. And we could also focus on a particular subject that's important for you and spent more time developing ideas over it.
I can provide books, music, and materials to work on during your lessons.
The New School for Jazz- BFA Piano Performance with honors
Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music
Bern Jazz Festival. Switzerland
Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Paddock Club
6ta Muestra Internacional de Jazz. Mexico
Festival Jaco Pastorius Puerto Rico
Jazz Festival Barquisimeto. Venezuela
Musical journeys of Carthage, Tunisia
Latin Grammy Academy Awards Nominee 2014
Two Downbeat Student Awards