Gil & Tuey

Gil & Tuey


Gil & Tuey is made up of musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the US. G&T performs a soulful mix of flamenco, Cuban son, tango, bluegrass, Venezuelan joropos, Mexican folk, gypsy jazz, blues and classical music that is sure to get your heart rate up a few notches. High energy!!!



Gil & Tuey began at an Irish pub in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This unique ensemble spans centuries, generations, and genres with equal aplomb and finesse. One can feel the energy cooking on the stage and eminating out to the audience - 'hot' is a very apt adjective.

Gil & Tuey's debut CD and DVD, 'The Lonely Hippo,' blends multi-cultural music with top shelf musicianship in a unique instrumental and vocal setting.

Gil Gutierrez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and is the veteran guitarist of many of the best Latin American pop stars from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Argentina. Gil's virtuosity on the nylon string guitar and tres is formidable as he is able to perform in a variety of styles as well as compose his own works.

Pedro Cartas was born in Cuba and performed with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra as first chair violin for eight years. Pedro became Concertmaster at age 23. After immegrating to Mexico, Pedro joined the Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico City and the Guanajuato Symphony (Mexico). He has also performed extensively with smaller groups and pop stars. Gil and Pedro have been performing together for over twelve years.

Tuey Connell was born in New York City, NY and has performed and/or recorded with Taj Mahal, Vassar Clements, Arturo Sandoval, Livingston Taylor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and others. Tuey is recognized as a 'one of a kind' (Chicago Tribune) vocalist and banjo player whos ability to perform in a variety of styles and genres has kept him busy touring and recording. Tuey's last three records on Minor Music (Germany) have focused on the American Songbook, jazz, blues, newgrass and beyond. Tuey's seventh CD "I'm Going Home" will be released in the spring of 2006. For more on Tuey please visit


CD - The Lonely Hippo
DVD - The Lonely Hippo - performances, interviews and more

La Grima Del Toro (2005)
Danza Characteristicas (2004)
Huapangos Torreros (2004)
Huapangos (2002)

I'm Going Home - 2006 tba
Manhattan King Trio - 2006 tba
Famous - w/ Jamie Cullum/Al Jarreau (Verve Universal 2005)
Under the Influence (Minor Music Records 2003)
Live In Concert - Wir Jazz-Wunderkinder! (Miner Music 2003)
Songs for Joy and Sadness (Minor Music 2001)
Is This Love (Minor Music 2000)
Red Jester (TuConn 1999)
Tuey Connell & the Chicago Jump Company (TuConn 1998)
Tuey Connell Group (TuConn 1993)

Set List

Gil & Tuey has a large repertoire and performs a mix of original material and traditional flamenco, tango, bluegrass, Cuban son, jazz, blues and classical music.

Examples of covers are:

Blackbird - Lennon
Carora - Antonio Lauro
Milonga de mis Amores - Laurenz
Adios Nonino - A. Piazzola
La Fiesta - C. Corea
Slipstream - B. Fleck
La Bella Cubana - J. White
Danza Characteristica - L. Brouwer
Lush Life - B. Strayhorn

Pedro has arranged string quartets for some of the music and the band has performed as a double quartet: G&T + string quartet. The DVD 'The Lonely Hippo' documents this unique concept in a sold out theatre performance in Mexico.