Hi my name is Jose Gurria, everyone calls me "Gurri". I am the music director, drummer, and composer of Gurrisonic. That picture above, is me at eleven in Mexico City, thirty years ago!!! My mom bought me that drumset as a graduation present from elementary school. I never looked back after that, and all I wanted to do ever since was play music. At my core, I am a drummer before anything else, so when I am composing I always start with rhythm. To me, if I "get it right" with the rhythm of the piece, phrases I use and so forth, the composition will write itself before my eyes. I like that!! This organic aspect, familiar to me for three decades, opens the door to my ideas and in return, it gives me these wonderful vehicles in the form of songs. And that's Gurrisonic!
AND.... MY BACKGROUND
I received a BM in Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music, and an MM and DMA in Jazz Studies from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC). I feel very lucky as these environments gave me an opportunity to learn from true masters and people I look up to until this day. Many of my performing projects have taken me to amazing places like China, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Peru, Cuba, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, and Guatemala. As drummer/percussionist, I have had the opportunity of playing with Peter Erskine, Robert Gupta, Howard Alden, Putter Smith, Vardan Ovsepian, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mark Ferber, Moira Smiley, Dorian Wood, Mark DeClive Lowe, She-e-Wu, Daniel Rosenboom, Root System, Ciaramella, and Victor Goines. With the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, I had the life-altering experience to perform with The Yellowjackets and Maria Schneider. I am particularly proud that last year, one of my compositions was featured in the composers showcase by the Jazz Education Network Conference.
I have been composing large-ensemble music since undergrad (twenty years ago). The first time I did it, I could not believe the amount of dedication and attention to detail one needed to be mildly effective at it. I kept at it for so many years because of the excitement of those first arrangements in school. Being in front of a big band and listening to my own music, has been too good to just do it every once in a while.
Gurrisonic, is a 20-piece chamber orchestra, which brings together some of my favorite musicians/creative improvisers in Los Angeles such as Daniel Rosenboom, Phil O'Connor, Daniel Szabo, Justo Almario, Eric KM Clark, and Gavin Templeton among many others. Gurrisonic performs genre-bending original music, pushing the boundaries of instrumentation and style with a mix of spoken word, poetry, multi-media, and singer--songwriter work, framed by through-composed orchestral landscapes with tinges of avant-garde, jazz, and classical contemporary music.
GURRISONIC (personnel may vary slightly):
1. Mike Stever Trumpet/Flugelhorn 1
2. Daniel Rosenboom Trumpet/Flugelhorn 2
3. Dylan Hart French Horn
4. Ryan Dragonn Tenor Trombone/Bass Trombone 1
5. Blake Cooper Tuba/Cymbasso
1. Christine Tavolacci Piccolo Flute/Alto Flute/Flute #1
2. Justo Almario Flute #2/Soprano Sax/Tenor Saxophone/Baritone Saxophone
3. Daniel Weidlein Flute#3/Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone
4. Gavin Templeton Flute/Alto Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
5. Phil O'Connor Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
6. Bryan Walsh Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
1. Daniel Szabo Piano/Synth
2. Alex Noice Electric Guitar/sfx
3. Jose Gurria Cardenas Drumset/MD
1. Tylana Renga Violin 1/Viola 2
2. Erik Clark Violin 2/sfx-loops
3. Lauren Baba Violin 3/Viola 1
4. April Guthrie Violoncello 1/Voice
5. Artyom Manukyan Violoncello 2
6. Dave Tranchina Doublebass
1. Karina Kallas Voice
2. Carmina Escobar Voice
3. Dorian Wood Voice/Narrator
1. Jose Gurria Cardenas
2. Dan Rosenboom
Amaro Gurria, Camilo Gurría, and Nicolas Gurría
Angel Gurría Quintana
Jose Gurría Cardenas
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