Teaching topics include: improvisation techniques, chord voicings, scales, arpeggios, playing changes, sight reading, developing a creative practice routine, jazz standards, Lydian chromatic concept, incorporating visual art into your creative practice, constructing montunos on the guitar, incorporating Afro-Caribbean language, the guitarist’s role in a modern Latin jazz ensemble, and beyond.
My teaching philosophy is to help my students discover their inner voice and continuously tap into it. Accessing your well of creativity is a major part of discovering your voice. I aim to help my student find interesting ways of practicing that unlock their unique voice. I encourage my students to take their playing outside of the practice room, and into the real world. One of my major focuses with many of my students is researching and playing folkloric music from around the world. Understanding the folklore from where we are from helps us comprehend the art that came before us.
Gabriel Vicéns has quickly become a respected figure in the jazz scene. He attended the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and graduated Summa Cum Laude as their first jazz guitarist. In 2012, he completed his first solo album, Point In Time, featuring jazz legend Eddie Gómez, who describes Vicéns as “a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar,” and was critically acclaimed in multiple international magazines.
Vicéns has recorded and performed with renowned musicians such as David Sánchez, Alex Sipiagin and Miguel Zenón, and played at important venues and festivals including Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, Cornelia Street Cafe, Fat Cat, The Cell Theatre and Birdland. He is known as a top sideman guitarist in the jazz scene, often playing with groups like Jonathan Suazo Quintet, Fernando García Sextet and Henry Cole & Villa Locura.
From 2012 to 2015, Vicéns became a Professor in the Guitar Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. “Days,” his second album, was released in 2015 under Inner Circle Music. Vicéns moved to New York City in 2016, earning his Master’s in Jazz Performance from Queens College. Between traveling worldwide to Italy, Cuba and beyond to play in different projects, Vicéns is often found performing with his sextet in NYC, blending the folklore music from the Caribbean with jazz and other genres. Vicéns current focus is on various Afro-Caribbean folklore styles, with an intention of giving exposure to lesser known genres such as Changüí, Gwoka, Tambú, Bélé, Vodou and Tumba Francesa. Vicéns just released a new single with Outside In Music, anticipating the release of his third album. He is also an active painter in NYC, exhibiting his work across Manhattan.