Gary Carpenter has always had a passion for World Music and guitar. At age sixteen, he was awarded a scholarship to the Hartford Conservatory for his experimental Indian Raga/Rock Fusion compositions. He has studied under famed Windom Hill studio guitarist Steve Erquiaga. Upon his move to the Bay Area, he formed the World Fusion band “Montage,” which played to sold-out houses at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and across the Bay Area.
In his career, he has worked and performed with such acclaimed musicians as Compass Blue Note, Afro-Cuban recording artist, Samba Ngo. He was also lead guitarist for Blues and R&B star Sista Monica and has contributed guitar tracks to Arabic World Electronica Embarka recording artist, MC Rai.
Gary’s exemplary playing skills have led him to live performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sierra Music Festival, Sacramento Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Oakland Jazz and Blues Festival to name a few.
Gary‘s tracks have been featured on SmoothJazz.com and SmoothLounge.com, America’s largest Internet radio platform for Jazz and Ambient music.