Company You Keep
BIO A professional guitarist from the age of 16, Raymond Gonzalez has performed in styles from classical to folk, blues and jazz to rock, traveling extensively from California to New England . Raymond began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately lead to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has written and produced 6 albums of original songs and solo guitar pieces. Curly-Headed Humans (1989), and On the Water (1993) were both recorded with Amy Malkoff ; since going solo, Raymond has recorded Thieves (1997), the company you keep (1999), Moonlight and Sage (2004) and tunes from the blue fish (2006). A song of Raymond's was selected for When October Goes, a compilation released on Rounder Records. He also continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena, recently premiering a piece for guitar and flute at the first University of Massachusetts - Boston Faculty Composer's Forum. With the release of his latest CD, Raymond has returned with new enthusiasm to the acoustic stage after a hiatus of some years spent teaching and composing. According to Neil Fagen in Performing Songwriter magazine, 'It's hard to say which is better, his way with a six string or his way with a pen.' And, Dave Palmater of WUMB Radio, Boston, "One of America's finest guitarists and composers"