Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV, coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic, jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal of musical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical) ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately lead to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena. Raymond taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11 years and currently teaches at Salem State University.
In addition to his commercial writing and production work at blue fish sound productions (see the production tab), Raymond has written and produced eleven 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), tunes from the blue fish-ballades, breakdowns and tributes (2006), tunes from the blue fish II (2008), and Night Sky (2008), Carols(2011) Open Tuning (2012), One Bright Light (2013),
Check your local and national acoustic radio and web programs for listings of Raymond’s tunes. They are out there...
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."
“A world class musician” Peter Janson, Acoustic Guitarist, Eastern Woods Music.
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Armed with a quirky sense of humor and “dazzling guitar work” (Boston Globe), Raymond combines classical, jazz, Celtic and Latin influences into his songs and solo guitar compositions. His topics range from ethereal to- well, songs about pigs and mermen and most things in between.