A respected member of the Sydney jazz, classical and Latin music scene, Guitarist Gavin Rene Libotte (formerly Urban Gypsies Quartet) offers a truly diverse and original palette of Latin/jazz fusion compositions. His body of work is entertaining, imaginative and absorbing. Hailing from England and trained at the Perth Conservatorium of Music, he has played numerous concerts over the past twenty years at top venues and festivals around Australia and internationally. He recently released his fifth album of original, instrumental nylon string jazz-classical guitar music “Ocean”, and will be releasing a sixth in late 2021.
“Astonishing versatility and technique, a shimmering high class act!” Lloyd Bradford – Australian Stage
Gavin has held residencies and concerts in exclusive Sydney venues including The Basement, The Vanguard, Cafe Sydney, Venue 505 and Camelot. He has performed with/supported the Buena Vista Social Club, Cassandra Wilson, Demis Roussos, Kristina Olsen, John Butler, Joseph Tawadros, Arrebato Ensemble, Jonathan Zwartz, James Hauptman, Dieter Kleemann, Anatoli Torjinski and many others. His current line-up includes Jazz guitarist Charlie Meadows, Keys and Cajon player Byron Marks and multilingual vocalist Niyati Libotte. With the latter he has been working on a new, highly cinematic vocal project titled Goldfynch.
Gavin’s compositions have received wide acclaim, been played and promoted on ABC Classic FM and Radio National and around the world on digital platforms. He has also won a swathe of industry awards including the 2017 Global Music Awards Silver Medal for Album “Ocean”, 2017 UK Song Contest Semi Finalist for “Ocean” and “Tree of Life”, 2016 Global Music Awards Silver Medal for Album “Samsara”, 2016 Hollywood Song Contest 2nd Place for “The Prophet”, 2016 International Song Contest Finalist with Honorable Mention for “The Prophet”, 2012 Music Oz Awards Finalist for “Gypsy Fever”, “Dark Angel”, and Beautiful Catastrophe”, and 2010 Music Oz Awards Finalist for “Dark Angel” and “Beautiful Catastrophe.” Gavin is available for compositional work, sync briefs and live performance.