LunÀtico warmly welcomes Carmela Ramírez y Gabriel Chakarji to our bandstand!

Carmela and Gabriel will play selections from their acclaimed recording, “Vida” as well as a set of new originals by Carmela.

Recorded live entirely in Chacao Cultural Center Theater, “Vida” presents 12 compositions by Carmela and Gabriel inspired in their direct influences, traditional Venezuelan music, Latin American folk and Jazz. The album also features a peculiar  drum/percussion sound created by two percussionists Yilmer Vivas and Orestes Gomez that blends ingeniously with the voice and piano. It also features special guests Rafael Greco and Andres Barrios, famous venezuelan composers and instrumentalists.

“Vida” presents a picture of a unique moment where art, creativity and sincerity were the only rule.

Venezuelan musical artist, Carmela Ramírez is currently living in New York City, studying under a scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She combines her classical musical training with the art of singing and composition. Traveling around various genres and sounds her artistic uniqueness is rooted in the need of a better future for children and youth in Venezuela.

Carmela’s career in Caracas included different musical projects like Ensamble Gurrufio, Aquiles Baez, Edward Ramirez (C4 trío), Aldemaro Romero Trío, Juan Manuel Trujillo and Gabriel Chakarji. In 2014 she was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards Academy for her vocals recording on the album “Tiempo” of Linda Briceño. As a special guest she performed with the folkloric group Vaäre in a concert with the Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela. As a composer she was featured in a concert by Simon Bolivar Jazz Big Band led by maestro Pablo Gil.

Originally from Caracas Venezuela, Gabriel Chakarji grew up in a multicultural environment full of music that expands from afro-Venezuelan Folk, Caribbean, Brazilian music to Jazz and Gospel. Gabriel began studying classical piano at the age of nine.  After high school, he studied composition at Ars Nova School of music. In his teens, he took part of the Simon Bolívar Jazz Big Band touring with this orchestra to New York and Boston in 2011. His experience, versatility, and passion made him one of the most sought-after pianists in his country. His participation in the Album “Tiempo” of Linda Briceño earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2013.

At age 21 Gabriel moved to New York with a scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the guidance of great masters of jazz and improvised music like Reggie Workman, George Cables, Billy Harper and Jane Ira Bloom. He quickly became active in the scene of the city performing in venues like Dizzy’s Club, Blue note, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Cornelia Street, BonaFide, Subrosa, etc. In 2016 he performed at the late night set at the Blue Note duo with Gadi Lehavi after Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock’s duo set. That same year he toured to the Bern Jazz festival and Mexico City Jazz Festival. Appearances as a sideman with numerous artists such as Luisito Quintero, Linda Briceño, Jhon Benitez, Ali Bello and much more. Gabriel is also involved in the education program of JALC (Jazz at Lincoln center) giving concerts and workshops in public schools.
The influences of cultures, rhythms and harmonies became Gabriel’s own personality. His compositions and playing are rooted in social justice and multiculturalism.