Berklee Student

Gandhi Gonzalez

Berklee Student
MA
Member since 2010

About Me

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on March 6 of 1984. Influenced by his father and family into the world of music, at a young age Gandhi started taking piano and music theory lessons in the prestigious Dina Music Education School (1990-1994). Later on, he decided to study Drums in addition to Piano and joined in the Mubarak Music School in 1998.
Gandhi continued learning on Drums and music, attending particular classes with the Dominican drummer Ezequiel Francisco from 1999-2000, from whom he acquired great influence. In the year of 2002, Gandhi joined Wellington Valenzuela, who tutored him in his drum studies. Through the years he has played with well known bands in the Dominican Republic, becoming one of the most influential drummers in the young generation, with different approaches in his music such as jazz, Latin, reggae, rock, Dominican Folk among others. In 2003, he joined the Dominican rock band TKR, in which he stayed until late 2007. He recorded two albums with TKR, Inertia (2005) and Lienzo (2007). In 2006, TKR was nominated to the maximum arts award of the Dominican Republic, the Casandra Awards, for best rock band.

In the year of 2007, he started to study Contemporary Harmony, Jazz Composition and Arranging, with the Dominican teacher and Guitar player Francisco Javier Vargas. Along his music, Gandhi studied Law (2003-2008), and holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (2008). In August of 2008, he auditioned for Berklee College of Music, in which he was accepted with a scholarship. He started his studies at Berklee in spring of 2009 pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Music Majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production/Performance. While in the College, Gandhi has played/worked for many ensembles and labs for the Vocal Department, such as: Rhythm and Grooves ensembles, Advanced Latin-Jazz vocal performance, The Great American Songbook, The New Group, Rehearsal Techniques for vocalist (Lab), Advance Vocal Improvisation Techniques, etc. For the Ensemble Department, he has played in many of the Rating Auditions as an accompanist during the Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 semester. He also has worked for the Guitar Department, as an Accompanist during the 5 week program on Summer of 2010, Fall 2010 and Summer 2011 Semester. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in December of 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Music, Major in Contemporary Writing and Production and Performance Magna Cum Laude.

Experience & Education

Past

  • Ensemble room monitor for the Ensemble Department for Berklee College of Music
    September 2009 to December 2012 (over 3 years)
  • Voice Department Rhythm Section Accompanist for Berklee College of Music
    September 2009 to December 2012 (over 3 years)
  • Accompanist for the Guitar Department for Berklee College of Music
    July 2010 to December 2010 (5 months)

    Gandhi worked as Accompanist for the Guitar Department during the 5 week program on the Summer 2010, and during the Fall Semester of 2010.

Education

  • Bachelor in Music in Contemporary Writing and Production and Performance Magna Cum Laude at Berklee College of Music
    2009 to 2012 (3 years)
  • Bachelor Degree in Law at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo
    2003 to 2008 (5 years)
  • Diploma in English studies at Instituto Dominico Americano
    2005 to 2007 (2 years)