Gato Loco was born from the streets of New York. Exotic and foreign, yet simultaneously urban and familiar. Their live show delivers an instant party, filled with celebration and joy; like a decadent latin mambo ballroom, thrown in the midst of a 21st century rock show : this is BIG music.
Formed in 2006 by NYC native Stefan Zeniuk, the group takes its cues from scratchy pre-war Cuban records and vintage betty boop cartoons, while freely incorporating a modern schizoid mentality. Incorporating equal parts latin, rock, and jazz, Gato Loco is not genre music. Finding the surprising connection between early mambo and salsa of the 50s & 60s, early punk of the 70s, and post-modern avant-garde jazz of the 80s, Gato Loco embraces an all-encompasing sound of irreverence, rebellion and abandon that defies place or time. It is tightly written, thrilling and confusing, killing boredom with thought, with passion, with power. Mysterious, yes. Ambiguous, no.
It’s comprised of an all-star group of musicians, individually having played and/or recorded with Vampire Weekend, The Violent Femmes, Dillinger Escape Plan, Wheatus, Duncan Sheik, Bright Light Bright Light, Zakir Hussain, Lauren Hill, Zola Jesus, T.S. Monk, Brazilian Girls, Slavic Soul Party, to name just a few.
They have released 3 full-length albums : 2009’s self-released “Coconino”; 2010’s “Live in Bordeaux” (Winter & Winter Records), and 2013’s “The Enchanted Messa”, as well as the Splinter/Cumbia Call Ep (2014) and Malditos Besos (2008). They are in the process of recording a new album.
“Exotic and simultaneously urban” (Le Monde, Paris)
“A real barnburner!” (Paris DJs.com)
“Intense latin brass reveals the unsuspected connections between the origins of mambo and the abstraction of free jazz, while a battalion of percussion and lascivious guitars shakes the audience into a betwitching frenzy.” (Arte Live)
“…perfect for the dance floor. And if for some reason you can’t find the groove — wait a few seconds.” (WNYC)
“This band brims with enthusiasm and sounds like the orgasmic lovemaking between James Brown and Tito Puente.” (De Volkskrant, NL)
For more info on The Enchanted Messa, their interpretation and reimaginating of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, visit THIS page.
The current touring group consists of Stefan Zeniuk (tenor & bass saxes), Tim Vaughn (trombone), Joe Exley (tuba), Jackie Coleman (trumpet), Lilly Maase (guitars), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Kevin Garcia (drums), and Rich Stein (percussion).