For this series of bloggy interviews, I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: bass player Louis Alexander Gasser Londoño. I’ve met him through Berklee College of Music, since we were studying at the Global Jazz Institute together and I’m excited that he wanted to be part of this little Q&A – couch session. In addition to the questions, we met up and played a few songs in my place in Brooklyn together.
Q&A with Louis Alexander Gasser Londoño
* WHERE ARE YOU FROM, WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT HOME?
Born in Lincoln Nebraska but raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico I miss my circle of friends/craftspeople/artists, the warmth, people’s accents and the laid back yet somehow productive pace of life.
* FAVORITE PLACE IN THE CITY
Toniña’s (on Grand Street)
* FAVORITE NEW MUSIC
Aaron Burnett and The Big Machine! Check out Anomaly, just released!
* FAVORITE OLD MUSIC
Brian Ferry Orchestra
* WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-MUSIC THING TO DO
Includes gathering friends to cook a meal, reading, being silly in public, dancing.
* WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON MUSICALLY
Trying to improve my bandstand listening/arranging/following/remembering skills and learning tunes. Solo guitar/voice Album of original songs on the back burner
* WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FANBOY MOMENT?
At a press conference for the 2013 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest I got the chance to publicly acknowledge Danny Rivera’s presence at said event and express my gratitude for his version of the Puerto Rican classic, Villancico Yaucano.
* CRAZIEST GIG EXPERIENCE
I almost played a gig In Vienna. This was our first stop of the tour. Being late to the show, our bandleader insisted on a soundcheck through about 3/4 of the other act’s time. After an exchange that included bandleaders yelling in a language I didn’t speak, warnings and death threats, our bandleader was punched in the face. The concert was canceled.
* WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
In debt but very healthy.