Gabriel Navia Biography

Born into a musical family in Bolivia, Gabriel’s career in music began at age eleven, with his performance on the disc Encuentros with Grammy nominee Eddy Navia and Andean performance group, Sukay in 1993. Fusing flamenco, Cuban, Brazilian and Bolivian music to jazz, pop, rock, electronica and contemporary music, he has performed on many stages around the world in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

He studied at Instituto Eduardo Laredo in Bolivia with Cuban master guitarist, Gerardo Perez, The School of the Arts of San Francisco and the Jazz School of Berkeley CA and was honored with an Outstanding Musicianship Recognition award by Berklee College of Music, Boston MA. In 2007 he received a scholarship from Fundacion Carolina to study
in Barcelona with flamenco guitar master, Manuel Granados at the Conservatori del Liceu de Barcelona.

Gabriel’s work has been recognized and supported by the San Francisco Latino Community Foundation, Fundacion Carolina in Spain, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Club Cultural Deportivo Bolivia of Los Angeles California and by celebrities such as former San Francisco mayors, Willie Brown, Governor of California Gavin Newsom and actor, Robin Williams.

He joins Georges Lammam, forming the exciting duo, Hola-Yallah! – a LatinArabian Duo, creating new music, sharing classic pieces from both cultures and bringing a fresh sound from the very compatible Spanish/Arab musical heritages.