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Yorgis Goiricelaya Martinez was born in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. He started his musical career in Cuba at the age of eight, with the piano. At the age of 10 he joined local Cuban bands for 2 years. Yorgis later relocated to Costa Rica where he continued his pursuit of a musical career. In 1997 he began to perform with professional local groups in Costa Rica. A year later, he began to perform with major local artists as a bassist, later as a pianist as well.
He then began to write and arrange music and joined the most recognized Cuban group in Costa Rica, Conjunto Chocolate, for which he was the manager, pianist, and writer/arranger. During this period, the group recorded 2 very successful CDâ€™s. With his growing popularity and recognition in Costa Rica he started producing music with some of the most accomplished artists in this era (1999-2005).
In the year 2004 he launched his independent music project named “Abriendo Caminos.” translated as â€œopening paths.â€ The Album was released in August of 2005 and immediately exceeded the expectations of critics. He later launched a series of concerts, which were noted as the best Cuban music concerts in Costa Rica by the Costa Rican newspaper “La Nacion.” This CD was composed by Yorgis. He also directed, produced, wrote, arranged, sang, played the bass, piano, and the flute.
In December of 2005, Yorgis relocated to Miami performing with an array of pretigious latin artists such as Albita, Rey Ruiz, Luis Enrique, Issac Delgado, Francisco CÃ©spedes, Habana Abierta, Luis Boffil, El Tumbao; Jazz groups such with Carlos Averhoff (Irakere), Hilario Bell , Osmany Paredes, Paquito DÂ´Rivera, Rey Ruiz, Issac Delgado etc. He also worked with the legendary Grammy winner Albita Rodriguez as a pianist and writer on her live CD, Lena . Other artists he has worked with include Alejandro Sanz, Oscar DÂ´LeÃ³n, Miles PeÃ±a, Marvin Diz, Los Del Rio, Braily, etc.
He has participated with important Latin musical figures such as: Oscar Dâ€™ Leon, Albita, Rey Ruiz, David Bisbal, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Franco de Vita, Celia Cruz, La India, Jose Alberto el Canario, Chucho ValdÃ©s, Carlos del Puerto Jr, Ignacio Berroa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Amaury Gutierrez, Ana Barbara, Johnny Ventura, Julio Sabala, Lena, Manolin (el medico de la salsa), Puerto Rican Power, Lucrecia, Habana Abierta, Barullo, Francisco Cespedes and others, demonstrating his youthful talent, experience and professionalism of international caliber.
In recent years, Yorgis has recorded and toured on an international level in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Carribean, Central America, and South America with artists Rey Ruiz, Albita, Issac Delgado. Yorgis is also making the â€œCiclosâ€ world tour of Grammy winner Luis Enrique.
When not on tour, he works daily as a bass player on Miami TV shows such as:
Pellizcame Que Estoy SoÃ±ando, Channel 41
Escandalo TV, Telefutura.
Sabado Gigante (Univision) watched in over 40 countries.
In 2010 Yorgis has released his second Album called â€œEleganceâ€ with special guest as: Paquito DÂ´Rivera, Isaac Delgado, Osmany Paredes, Tony PÃ©rez among others of Latin Jazz icons. The album is available in most of the digital music stores around the world.
Right now he is working in a new production called â€œElegance by Nightâ€. A live DVD using Elegance repertory and new songs which will be ready for the next year.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!