PIANIST / COMPOSER / PRODUCER (Venezuela - New York)
Gabriel Chakarji is a Latin Grammy Award nominee pianist and composer who merges the sounds and music of his native Venezuela with New York City jazz. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Chakarji grew up in a multicultural environment full of music, from Afro-Venezuelan folk, Caribbean, and Brazilian music, to jazz and gospel hymns. In his teens, he took part in the Simon Bolívar Jazz Big Band, touring the U.S. with this band in 2011. His experience, versatility, and passion made him one of the most sought after pianists in Venezuela. His participation in the album “Tiempo” by Linda Briceño earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013. At age 21 he moved to New York city to bring his career to the next level, since then he has performed in the most important venues in the city like Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls Jazz Club and many others.
Chakarji has two critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader “Vida” and “New Beginning”. His composition Enredadera got nominated for best jazz single on the 20th edition of the independent music Awards celebrated in New York City.
He has also toured to Europe, Africa and South America as a bandleader and as sidemen for artists like Ari Hoenig, Luisito Quintero, John Benitez, entre otros.
The influences of cultures, rhythms and harmonies became Gabriel’s own personality. His compositions and playing are rooted in social justice and multiculturalism.