David is the proud recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence". In 2010 Mr. Gonzalez was named a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow. David's Latin Jazz poetry project City of Dreams was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, premiered at New Yorks' La Mama Theater, and was the first spoken-word project to perform at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz @ Lincoln Center. David's poetry was featured at Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival, Bill Moyers's documentary Fooling with Words on PBS, NPR's All Things Considered, and the World Science Festival among many other venues. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons. He earned a doctoral degree from New York University in Music Therapy and has conducted numerous seminars, workshops and lectures, and worked as a music therapist in clinical and educational institutions. David is also a professional public speaker on topics ranging from creativity to culture.
"Rich, inspired and wonderfully evocative." - LA Times
A quartet of New York's hottest Latin jazz musicians set Gonzalez' gritty poetry
like a diamond in a mambo/funk jewel box. David's poems and stories move through
personal history, cultural identity and transcendence, while the band heats it up
with Afro-Cuban chants, sizzling salsa, soulful blues, and free jazz romps.
David Gonzalez speaks with courageous humanity and brilliant creativity -- his poetry
and stories uplift the spirit and inspire wonder. - Deepak Chopra
At once cutting, reverential, and deeply insightful, Gonzalez' words resonate with a broad audience, while the music keeps hips swaying. City of Dreams is one of the seasons best." ~ Hispanic Magazine
"Inspired and wonderfully evocative. Gonzalez is approximately a Nuyorican Gil Scott- Heron but with his own distinctive voice." ~ The Orange County Register
"Delightful, interesting, thought provoking...moving" ~ Latin Beat
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