As a guitarist, Jon Diaz has played in a variety of styles ranging from classical to abstract improvisations. In the mid-1980's, Jon toured, recorded, and performed on television and radio with Robert Fripp and The League Of Crafty Guitarists. He went on to play live with Grey Zone, Peter Stewart Band, and The Del Vikings. In 2000, Jon formed Where's My Angel? with Grey Zone/Del Vikings' bassist Jay Cavanaugh. Through Jay's recommendation Jon joined Vera Beren's Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble.
As a composer, Jon worked with choreographer Caron Eule, along with his electronic World Music duo The Drone Twins, featuring Vera Beren on vocals. Their composition "Ritual" was featured at the 2003 Elan awards in NYC honoring director/choreographer Rob Marshall. "Ritual" had its West Coast debut in November 2004 at the 7th Annual Dance Under the Stars festival held each year in Palm Desert, California.
In 2005, Jon collaborated with Katie Takahashi on the theater piece "The Ninja Project/Voices of the Wind." He was a recipient of a Meet The Composer grant for his participation in the Ninja Project. "Voices of the Wind" was featured in the 2005 NYC Fringe Festival.
As of October 2012, the Jon Diaz quartet has been together for 5 years. The debut album, "Circling From Above," was released in 2007 and in June of 2010 "To Flutter" was released as a download only album.
Welcome aboard, Jon!
Exclusive Interview with Jon Diaz
Tell us about your musical background?
My first guitar lessons were with a Flamenco teacher. I hated it at the time, but I am so thankful for having good technique instilled in me at a young age.
What are you working on now?
Just started recording a solo guitar project at John Kilgore’s Sound in NYC. I’m in my 11th year of playing in Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble and I’m also involved with the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists.
What is the role of education in music?
For me, the role as a teacher is to show good fundamentals on the guitar and to keep people open minded to all kinds of music.
How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
I feel it’s going through a metamorphosis like alot of the things in the world. Something has to give since the basic business model for a performing musician is pretty sad at best.
Why do use Mooer Pedals?
Killer sounds. That’s what it comes down to. How can I get the sound I want in a small enough package. I’ve been re looking at my pedal board within the last year trying to see how I can make it more efficient. Mooer pedals are the answer!