Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Born in Matanzas Cuba, Luis Eric Gonzalez started playing trumpet at the age of seven. Luis is a graduate of the “Institute of Arts” in Havana, Cuba. He has several years of formal classical training. In Cuba, he performed and recorded not only with Cuba’s Top popular bands, but for Operas, Ballets, Radio and Documentary Films.
Luis has been establishing his musical career in the United States, since 1997. He has toured and recorded with many artists such as; Don Henley, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Lou Vega, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieve, Eric Benet, Carl Thomas, Los Illegales, Son by 4, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian and was the former “musical director of Celia Cruz’s Band”.
Luis is also a seasoned composer, arranger and producer, his diverse style ranges from Latin Pop, Jazz and Salsa to RnB, Classical and Rock. He has made arrangements for many known artists, such as; Raul Malo, Lou Vega, Alex Acuna and Eliados Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club). You may have heard his work on Commercials; “Carl’s Jr.”, “Nissan” and Movie Soundtracks; “Hot Chicks” and “Original Sin”. Luis is the bandleader, composer, arranger for Bayalo, where he mixes a nice blend of Salsa, Timba, Hip Hop, Funk and RnB.