Teaching topics covers: improvisation, composition, rhythm, harmony, repertoire, transcription, voice-leading, melodic-development, fretboard knowledge, picking, chord voicings, scales, arpeggios, playing the changes, sight-reading, ear training, developing a creative practice routine, jazz standards, lydian chromatic concept, 12-tone music, free-improvisation, incorporating visual art into your creative practice, constructing montunos (guajeos) on the guitar, the guitarist’s role in modern jazz and Latin jazz ensemble, and beyond.
My teaching philosophy is to determine my students’ goals, where they want to go with their music, and help them discover their inner voice and continuously tap into it. Accessing your well of creativity is a significant part of learning your voice. I aim to help my students find exciting ways of practicing that unlock who they are as guitarists, composers, and artists.
Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as “a thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count,” Manhattan-based guitarist, composer, improviser, and painter Gabriel Vicéns is praised by Latin Jazz Network as “an exceptional artist, with a shimmering sense of sonority and the ability to find a keen balance between poetry and intensity.” Originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Vicéns made a move to NYC after a four-year Professorship at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Vicéns has been mentored by an impressive list of performers, including Ray Anderson, Paul Bollenback, Antonio Hart, and Fernando Mattina. Legendary bassist Eddie Gómez praises Vicéns as “a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar.” Vicéns music is influenced by many genres, ranging from jazz, rock, contemporary classical music, electronic music, and the Caribbean and Latin American folklore. As a composer of concert music, Vicéns has studied with some of the most prominent composers in the field such as Daria Semegen, Carlos Cabrer, Lois V Vierk, and Marti Epstein.
Vicéns has been featured at venues and festivals such as Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Slovenia, Uno Jazz San Remo Festival in Italy, and the Festival Havana World Music in Cuba. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as The Cell Theater, Cornelia Street Cafe, Latea Theater, Fat Cat, The Owl Music Parlor, and Terraza 7 both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of the free improvisational collaborative group No Base Trio and has worked with artists such as Alex Sipiagin, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Paoli Mejias, Will Vinson, among others. Internationally, Vicéns has performed throughout Slovenia, Italy, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the states.
Vicéns is also an active painter currently studying at The Art Students League of New York with renowned artist Pat Lipsky. He has also shown his work in many venues throughout the city. In 2018, Vicéns was invited to participate in the group exhibition Dislexia Geografica held at The Clemente Soto Vélez: Cultural and Educational Center featuring a wide range of artists from Latin America. Currently, Vicéns is working on a series of paintings that will be soon shown in his next exhibition.
Vicéns holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, a Master of Music degree from Queens College and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. He has released two critically acclaimed albums as a leader: Point In Time (2012) and Days (2015), and just released his third album in January 2021. Entitled The Way We are Created, his new record incorporates compositions influenced by folklore music from Puerto Rico, featuring saxophonist Roman Filiú, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rick Rosato, drummer E.J. Strickland, and percussionist Victor Pablo. Vicéns is currently working on his next album which will highlight him as a concert music composer featuring some of his chamber and solo works.