Ivan has delighted his audiences with his inimitable style. He has played the instrument for many many years, consider himself " A Man Whose Life Has Been The Guitar ".
Ivan B. Mendoza was born in Lima, Peru, where he spends his childhood and young adult years. One of two boys. Young Ivan used to hear his father play the guitar and sing around the house. This was his earliest bond with a guitar.
His love affair with music began at the age of six when he learned his first notes on the guitar and showed an immediate aptitude for the instrument. Ivan taught himself to play the guitar with undaunted determination using a hand full of records as his teacher, practicing for as many as eight hours a day. Exposed to the rock-n-roll of the 60's, Ivan was then inspired by the great musicians of that era.
By the time he was ten, Ivan performed several times in school events. During his youth he participated in numerous musical shows in surrounding cities. This helped develop his talent and prepared him for what would become his professional career. Ivan studied music at Sebastian Bach Institute in his hometown of Lima.
As the years passed, in 1985 Ivan moved from Lima to Paterson, New Jersey where he began
playing with big bands such as Charlie Lopez and Orchestra, David Sedeño
and Los Hermanos Moreno among others. He has performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Long Island, New York, Stamford, Connecticut and
Philadelphia PA. Ivan has also played in North and South Carolina. In
his varied career Ivan has played on cruise ships, parades, fairs,
festivals and conventions. In 1992 Ivan entertained the inmates at the
Bronx County Jail.
When he moved to Florida in 1997 looking for a change and find a new audience quickly he started playing for American Bands as well as Latin Bands in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. A few years ago Ivan challenged himself to add his melodic voice to his amazing guitar skills. Since then he has performed at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, in restaurants, and private parties. With the release of his new CD Love Songs...From My guitar to you, he will be even more in demand !
Being a guitar virtuoso for all these years, he still learns from the musicians he has admired. They include Andres Segovia, Jose Feliciano, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Eddie Halen, Oscar Aviles and Los Panchos. All are great legends that always inspire him to continue to explore his guitar and voice " ... a true artist ", demontrating the breadth of his talent and diversity of his work.
Meet the new sound of " Gvan "...a really wonderful performance from great musicians. Specializing in completely live music. Gigi Burns and Ivan Mendoza, both guitarist and vocalists, play delightful duet to celebrate your experience with us @Oasis Coffee Spot. Smooth Jazz, pop music and Latin American music are included in their repertoire. So come sit back and let us enchant your senses.
Gigi Burns -
Originally from Lima Peru and classically trained vocalist. Gigi loved to sing and act since a young age > She has performed At the Patel Conservatory and Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Her role as Mary Magdalene, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, received rave reviews. Her regional roles include Evita, and Nala in the " Lion King ". Gigi has appeared with the Millie Puente Band, performed with several local jazz ensemble groups including collaborations with jazz pianist, James Crumbly. Gigi thanks her family for encouraging her to pursue her dreams.
A Message From Ivan:
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