Es realmente impresionante la trayectoria musical de Walter Gorra a pesar de sus 20 años. Estamos en presencia de un pianista, compositor y orquestador con un grado de capacidad y profesionalismo muy grande. Muy versatil para tocar cualquier genero, jazz, jazz latin, samba, tropical, y clasico . Para mi es un placer y un gusto tener a este talento en mi Quinteto y ademas ser parte de su proyecto. _Calixto Oviedo, Noviembre 2013.
Walter Gorra is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger based out of Boulder, Colorado. He is currently 22 years old and a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder double-majoring in Civil Engineering (Structures) and Jazz Piano Performance. Beginning piano studies at age nine and composing since he was fifteen, Walter is deeply rooted in the Afro Cuban vocabulary. Currently, his focus lies in expanding upon the exciting fusion between the traditional jazz of the United States and the Cuban lexicon that is Afro-Cuban Jazz. Walter is busy performing throughout Colorado and composing repertoire for his group, The Walter Gorra Quartet. He has also performed with various ensembles at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival with the Telluride All-Stars and most recently with his Quartet at the Five Points Festival in Denver. Performances have been given throughout Colorado, Puerto Rico and Mexico, with one of his compositions “Jazongo” earning the 2014 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s Competition/Award. Walter is currently collaborating and studying with Colorado musicians and mentors Paul Romaine, Jeff Jenkins, John Gunther, Brad Goode and Josh Quinlan, along with Chris Bank, Terry Bannon, and Tim Fox among many others.
In February of 2015, Walter received a grant from the Boettcher Foundation to present and play with Paquito D'Rivera in a Master Class and Concert. The group, "The Walter Gorra Septet" played with Paquito D'Rivera at the KUVO studios in Denver, at the University of Colorado Boulder during a masterclass, and at the Mount Vernon Country Club (See "DamasBenefit" and "Masterclass" tabs on this website.)
A 2011 Boettcher Scholar, he owes special thanks to the Boettcher Foundation. The Boettcher Foundation has a long history of contributions to Colorado and today continues to invest in the state's "minds and mortar" through its Scholarship Program for Colorado high school seniors, and by helping build community infrastructure through capital grants to outstanding non-profits. Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) have also been instrumental throughout his development – musically and personally.