Berklee Presidential Scholar: Dayramir Gonzalez

Dayramir Gonzalez was born in Havana to a musical family and throughout his childhood he composed, arranged and performed.  At the age of 16 he was invited by singer Oscar Valdes, of the groundbreaking Cuban band Irakére, to play piano with his new group, Diákara.  In 2004, Dayramir formed Habana enTRANCE, honing his craft and perfecting his own singular style.  With enTRANCE, Dayramir has performed at the Zaragoza Jazz Festival in Spain, which also featured his heroes Chucho and his father Bebo Valdez, jazz bass legend Ron Carter, Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, Harry Connick Jr., and other notables.

Dayramir also has performed with Cuban and international artists such as Chucho Valdez, Bebo Valdez, Ramon Valle, Omara Portuondo, Teresa Caturla, Ignacio Berroa, Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, George Garzone, Christian McBride, Anat Cohen and Dave Liebman, and has collaborated as the pianist for the groups Klimax and Habana de Primera.

In 2013, he received a dual degree in jazz composition and piano performance from Berklee College of Music, where he is the first Cuban national to be a Presidential Scholar.

Dayramir is passionate about music and community and is giving back by teaching through the Berklee City Music Network.  Dayramir tells us, “I believe strongly in what I have musically. Every time I play my music, people always appreciate what I play because they identify with it.  In some way, they find a little bit of themselves in my music, and I believe that I can contribute something to change the world.”

To learn more about Dayramir & Habana enTRANCE please visit http://www.myspace.com/dayramirhabanaenTRANCE.

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