Escaleno: April 23, 2011
at Books and Books

Escaleno escalated the stairway to musical heaven at Books & Books. Ana exclaimed, “ . . . Wow! What music! What rhythm! What technique! . . . incredible sound out of just two guitars and percussion . . . ” Escaleno’s Latin and World music—a fusion of Rumba, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Tango, Samba, and other ethnic motifs—can be heard on their CD: Dance of the Nomads. Above, we see Dorian Avila on guitar, Marco Haber on percussion, and Michel Gonzalez on guitar. Learn more about Escaleno at

Michel Gonzalez on guitar. Among his educational credentials—including studying classical guitar at Malleusis Conservatory in Vigo, and Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Santiago de Compostela, plus master classes with Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Pardo, and Barry Harris—Michel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. His copious talent propelled him to perform internationally, sharing the stage with artists such as Marta Gomez, Chino Nunez, Luisito Quintero, Marcus Santos, Oscar Stagnaro, and Mark Walker. Discover more at

Dorian Avila on guitar. Dorian studied under guitar masters Luis Zea, Gerardo Soto, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Luis Quintero, etc., and graduated with certificates in musical language, harmony, and music history from the Jose Luis Paz Conservatory of Music. Dorian’s experience runs the gamut from classical to rock. He has done solo recitals, played in chamber orchestras, and worked with groups that toured Venezuela as well as abroad. Included in Dorian’s history is a series of concerts throughout South America and the United States with Ricardo Montañer’s band. See Dorian’s website at

Marco Haber on percussion. Marco’s style includes a novel combination of Eastern finger techniques with Afro-Latin open-hand methods. His career began in college with a gig playing for a modern dance troupe. Since, he has been on the bill with national acts such as Eric Anderson, Michael Glabicki (lead singer from Rusted Root), and Foghat, and has played extensively in the United States as well as England. Marco has also recently collaborated with Dominican percussionist and instrument designer, Felle Vega. See Marco’s website at


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