A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is an accomplished classical musician. He is positioned at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians, breaking all native and non-native stereotypes with his trailblazing assortment of music genres and accolades.

Gabriel earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although he truly enjoys being a teacher, his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in Master Class settings.

Gabriel performs regularly throughout the United States and Internationally. Locally, he has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and  was a featured artist at President Barack Obamaʼs Inaugural Ball.  Not only is Gabriel recognized locally and in the United States but he also had the honor of playing as a guest of Pope Benedict XVI at the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy.

In addition to performing world music on board Axes & Anchors cruise, Gabe will also be conducting 3 workshops in the following subjects:

  • Effortless Guitar Playing–A workshop outlining technical exercises to enhance your playing
  • Improv 101: Knowing When and When Not to Play—A workshop to learn how to improvise within a song
  • JazzMenco– the cross fusion of jazz and traditional flamenco

Even if you are brand new to the Axe, you’ll benefit from these multi-level workshops and if you are just a fan of guitar music, you’ll be mesmerized by Gabe’s amazing style!

3 Performances
2 60-minute Guitar Workshops
1 Professional Photo opportunity with each passenger