Yorgis Goiricelaya 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 CD’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 “opening paths.” 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 Céspedes, Habana Abierta, Luis Boffil, El Tumbao; Jazz groups such with Carlos Averhoff (Irakere), Hilario Bell , Osmany Paredes, Paquito D ́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 D ́León, Miles Peña, Marvin Diz, Los Del Rio, Braily, etc.
He has participated with important Latin musical figures such as: Oscar D’ 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 Valdés, 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, Xiomara Laugart, Malena Burke, Candido Camero, Michael Stuart, and others.
In recent years, Yorgis has recorded and toured on an international level in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and South America with artists Rey Ruiz, Albita, Issac Delgado and Grammy winner Luis Enrique.
When not on tour, he works daily as a bass player on Miami TV shows such as:
Escandalo TV, Telefutura.
Sabado Gigante (Univision) watched in over 40 countries. Telemundo 51.
In 2010 Yorgis has released his second Album called “Elegance” with special guest as: Paquito D ́Rivera, Isaac Delgado, Osmany Paredes, Tony Pérez among others of Latin Jazz icons. The album is available in most of the digital music stores around the world.
In 2013 he is working on new productions active musical producer and musician, leading the group while the renowned Spanish artist Antonio Carmona (ex Ketama), also leading the band of the Grammy Winner Albita, and many other productions and recordings. Yorgis appear on the upcoming release next spring: Unity: Latin tribute to Michael Jackson, as a bass player and live world tour. He just finished his new production called “Elegance by Night”. A live DVD of the Elegance CD recording.
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