“(In his music classes) the Argentine artist Rubén González believes in a more natural and less formal learning, specially if the students are five years old and are not English proficient.” – El Diario / La Prensa, January 30 2013, Carolina Ledezma

Ruben Gonzalez is a New York-based composer and guitarist originally from San Juan, Argentina. Ruben has a deeply personal and thought-provoking voice, in both writing and performing. His compositions reflect his world vision, his political observations and popular stories. Having taught for 18 years of experience in New York City schools, he has conducted a wide range of student music ensembles in schools and in his private practice. His current band HandMade features a wide range of musicians and musical styles, including African and Brazilian rhythms as well as Latin and Blues. His Cds include I’m Working On Something, Foto de mi Aldea, and La Libertad.

He was awarded the Linda Janklow Award as outstanding Teaching Artist by ArtsConnection. He studied classical guitar in Argentina, learned improvisation and musicianship in the African American tradition with multi-instrumentalist/composer Makanda Ken McIntyre, as well as attended the Jazzmobile Workshops on Jazz, Blues and Afro Caribbean music.

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