Abraham Gomez-Delgado aka, Zemog EL Gallo Bueno describes his music and life as “Other-Rican” where the ‘Rican’ can stand in for Puerto Rican, American, South American, Nuyorican or... The music draws from popular Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban and South American Rhythms but is also inspired from German Cosmic music, Japanese Buto Dance, Punk Rock, Classical Minimalism and American Free Jazz. Sung in both Spanish and English, the songs deal with issues such as immigration, racism, the power of dancing together, living in-between and the balance of imbalance in life.
Abraham Gomez-Delgado is a Brooklyn, New York based Puerto Rican born/Peruvian composer, visual artist, educator, band-leader and multi-instrumentalist. He leads the Z3mog Trio and the Zemog El Gallo Bueno Octette as well as his one man band the Zemog Eje.
Zemog El Gallo Bueno has performed in venues such as the Blue Note, Mass MoCA, Montreal Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe's Pub, Jazz Gallery, S.O.B’s, Lincoln Center, BAM, Chicago World Music Festival, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Zebulon and Camaradas El Barrio.
Abraham Gomez-Delgado first had dreams about roosters as a child. Growing up in rural Puerto Rico, he watched his grandfather chop off the head of a rooster followed by the cliché headless frenzy. His grandmother plucked the bird and chopped it open. Upon watching the guts spill out of the rooster, Gomez heaved like never before. “It was the first time I saw death up close,” remembers Gomez.
Soon, his family moved to the U.S. and, by coincidence, lived in a house converted from a chicken coop. From his bedroom he could climb into the attic and see the original coop roof. He began having dreams that he was a rooster that could hover. “The first time I woke up believing that it was real. The second time, again I was fooled,” says Gomez. “Each time I was disappointed when I could not hover. The third time, in my dream I woke up and it was real. So when I really woke up I was thwarted once again.”
"I soon realized that playing music with others was like the feeling I was having in my recurring dream. The impossible hover became real. Zemog EL Gallo Bueno became my way to hover together with others."