Born: September 7, 1987 Primary Instrument: Drums
A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, 2013), Gustavo has performed and recorded with many great individuals and ensembles in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In his playing stands out the dynamic rhythm section interaction, swing, and keen focus on melodic development - effect of his interactions and discussions with his teachers Johnny Vidacovich, Wayne Maureau, Willie Jones III, Victor Goines and Hernán Hecht - which together with his familiarity with the jazz tradition and the musical traditions of his native Mexico and Latin-America, offer a new and fresh sound. This can be heard on his latest record Snapshot (June 2013) which features Lincoln Center's saxophone and clarinetist extraordinaire Victor Goines (tenor sax), and Von Freeman's Mike Allemana (guitar), as well as Justin Copeland (trumpet), Roy McGrath (tenor sax) and Kitt Lyles (upright bass); the album features all original compositions by Gustavo....
“Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes.
All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the
music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender
to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral
nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip... There is no
one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician
who plays this music...”.
Review by AAJ's Jeff-Dayton Johnson:
With Snapshot, drummer Gustavo Cortiñas... a young artist seeks to craft a
meaningful and representative musical statement and calling card. Snapshot is
an understated and confident record... adventurous soloing and arrangements
prevent things from growing dull... Cortiñas is restrained, marked by the same
quiet self-assurance that imbues the record overall. He holds off from any
extended soloing or overt displays of technical prowess for several tracks,
preferring to lend a variety of rhythmic supports to the group performances.
When he does step out front in the solo... he remains controlled and intelligent...
the song and the sentiment it conveys suggest that the time is right for this solid
and satisfying record.
AAJ Download of the Day Editor's Comments:
Punchy, polished virtuosity from Gustavo Cortiñas and company. If this was
a UK post bop band, it might consist of Clark Tracey/Nigel Hitchcock/Guy
An article by Victor Vieyra Santamaría from MIRADA SUR on the Festival
Espontáneo 2013, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, with a review of Snapshot's
performance at the festival.
from Chicago came Gustavo Cortiñas' Quartet, with a swing that slid
through the different emotional states that life has given him; this quartet and
each of Gustavo's compositions are a musical voyage throughout different
landscapes...and what can we say of young and talented master Gustavo, who
despite the fact that he moved up north, he never lost track of the roots that
bind him to Mexican Culture, quite the contrary, he has become a link between
contrasting musical sceneries, without mentioning the fact that he is a genius of
rhythm, and talented composer, basing his performance of this memorable night
on his most recent discographic production: Snapshot.
Article by Jorge Ricardo of Mexico's Reforma, published July 2nd 2013.
He named his debut album Snapshot: quintets, quartets, a trio and a solo
performance that attempt to capture, like a snapshot, the fleetingness of
life...the result is one of those albums that you want to play back at the end of
each piece...a music that is played, listened, and lived in community, that evokes
collaboration, dialogue between parts, a constant push and pull, and a
neverending array of possibilities that are consumed in the present through
Review of Snapshot's performance in Ex-Convento de Sto. Domingo in
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, MX, by Cristina Zenteno, of El Heraldo de Chiapas,
published July 19th 2013.
In front of a large audience, Gustavo Cortiñas' Snapshot performed
yesterday by invitation of El Consejo Estatal para las Culturas y las Artes
(Coneculta). Gustavo Cortiñas and his quartet, featuring Roy McGrath, Justin
Copeland y Kitt Lyles chose to charm the stage of El Centro Cultural Ex-Convento
de Santo Domingo with their sounds. The concert was little over an hour, and
that was enough top send the audience home satisfied with the execution of
Snapshot, which was without a doubt a great performance of a kind and calibre
that we scarcely get to witness in our state.
Interview by Zyunzo García Oguri posted on June 19 2013.
Un ejemplo a seguir, tanto como persona como musicalmente...Gustavo
posee la gran cualidad de tener una actitud positiva y una buena vibra
contagiosa, a la par de ser la persona con más dedicación y disciplina musical
.An article by Alonso Arreola describing the Mexico Tour:.
Un baterista mexicano avecindado en Chicago...un coterráneo del que nos
podemos enorgullecer. Viene presentando su primer disco como solista,
Snapshot, en el que graban ejecutantes notables de la escena estadunidense.
Gustavo Cortiñas, Snapshot
(Ta' Babuino Records, 2013)
Sasha Bayan, Do I Know You?
Silberén, Dibujando Sonidos
Collective Vision, Collective vision
Marco Durán, El Camino
Roy McGrath trio, Longshot
Nobajoq, Marchante EP
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Master of Music in Jazz Studies - Northwestern University - 2013
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Minor in Philosophy - Loyola University New
Orleans, Magna Cum Laude, 2013
Supply teacher at the EDRON Academy, El Colegio británico during the school
years of 2006-07 and 2007-08 teaching various subjects including music,
mathematics, English, Spanish and history, and invigilating IGCSE and IB
Drum instructor at EDRON Academy, El Colegio Británico through the academic
years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 as head and founder of the Drum and
Private Drum Instructor since 2004 to present.
Clinics as an independent jazz drummer, with the "Snapshot" ensemble, as well
as backing some of today's greatest jazz educators.
Clinic for Franklin Park Elementary School with Victor Goines, Marlene Rosenberg
and Katharine Hedlund at January 13 2013.
Jazz Educator’s Network 2010 – Clinic and performance with Victor Goines and
the Loyola University Jazz Orchestra (Jan 6th 2011)
Festival de la Escuela Superior de Música, - Mexico City – Clinic and performance
with Marco Durán and his trio. (June 4th 2010)
Clinics at Escuela de Música Do Central – in Mexico City in 2011 and 2012
Rhythm Section clinic with John Mahoney at LMEA’s Conference (Nov. 2009) with
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