A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, June, 2013), Gustavo Cortiñas has developed a successful career in the US for close to a decade, leading and accompanying ensembles in renowned stages and festivals in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe
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COULEURS JAZZ - FRANCE:
Esse is a masterstroke.
Hraryr Attarian - Chicago Jazz Magazine:
With the cohesive and captivating Esse, Cortiñas has created superb work that
balances refreshingly inventive ideas with high-caliber musicianship. This exquisite and
continuously gripping record is a testament to Cortiñas’ triple threat of skills as
dynamic performer, agile bandleader and brilliant composer.
Dan Bilawski - AAJ: A fascinating musical realization, exploration, and
distillation of the works of Hegel, Aristotle, Descartes, Plato, and other brilliant
minds...statements that are both studious and thought-provoking in nature...Gustavo
Cortinas has worked everything out in his musical neck of the woods.
Hobart Taylor - KUCI:
This is ensemble work at the highest level
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
Combo instructor and guest artist at Northwestern University (Evanston, iL)
Percussion/Drum set instructor at Flatts & Sharpe Music Academy (Chicago, IL)
Part time Teaching at UCAN Academy (Chicago, IL)
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.
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