Ángel Gastón Joya Perellada
Borne in Guanabacoa, Havana City, he comes from an artists’ family. He started playing piano when he was only four years old and through his father, who was a double bass player, he learned the electric base. When he was seven years old, he entered the elemental music school “Guillermo Tomas” in the cello specialty. When he was 8, he played the double bass in school bands and later, when he was 10, he started his training in that instrument. When he finished the specialty, he graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Havana’s Higher Institute of Art (2005).
That very same year he started working as double bass player at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Havana’s Great Theater, where he learned the entire repertoire of Ballet and Opera, he accompanied functions of Cuba’s National Ballet, led by Alicia Alonso and different Opera companies.
He was also founder of Havana’s Chamber Orchestra, headed by Ivan del Prado (current director of Mississippi’s Philharmonic Orchestra). During the same period, he became a member of the Latin American Philharmonic, led by the legendary master Claude Abbado.
Along those jobs, Gastón was known as part of the alternative music and jazz scene inside the Island, with musical productions or recordings for several artists such as Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, Carlos Varela and Ernan Lopez-Nussa.