When Dennis Gonzalez departed this plane of existence on the Ides of March, 2022, Dallas lost a longtime contributor and respected elder of its underground arts scene. Dennis wa a masterful musician of international stature, visual artist, poet, educator, and broadcaster.
To celebrate Dennis this Father’s Day, his sons Aaron and Stefan have assembled a fiery galaxy of talent, whose members have deep connections with their father. Drummer Gerard Bendiks (Swirve, Tidbits) played with Dennis from the early ‘80s, appearing on some of Dennis’s earliest Daagnim recordings. Guitarist Gregg Prickett (Monks of Saturnalia) taught at La Rondalla as well as playing with Aaron and Stefan in Unconscious Collective. Trombonist Gaika James and Houston-based saxophonist Jason Jackson have both played with Yells At Eels. Gaika also leads his own eponymous quartet, while Jason is educational coordinator for the nonprofit Nameless Sound and plays with Stefan in The Young Mothers. Veteran Denton bassist Drew Phelps anchored Dennis’s last ensemble, the jazz/world music/electronica hybrid Ataraxia. Chris Curiel (Swirve, Trumpet Assassins) met the challenge of filling the trumpet chair when Ataraxia regrouped for an emotional performance in the wake of Dennis’s passing last year.