- 1. J S Bach Classical Solo Guitar
- 2. Bright Eyes First Day of My Life Solo Guitar
- 3. Fly Me To The Moon Solo Guitar
- 4. Duo Guitar Violin Classical Rondeau Mauret
- 5. Duo Guitar Violin Cake By The Ocean
- 6. Duo Guitar Violin Shut Up And Dance
- 7. Jazz Trio My One and Only Love
- 8. Jazz Trio Night and Day
- 9. Lullaby of Birdland
20+ years live music performimg experience. Past & recent venues : House of Blues, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Chicago Theatre, The Metropolitan Club of Willis-Sears Tower, The Peninsula, Shedd Aquarium, Park Hyatt, City Winery, Millenium Park-Pritzker Stage, McKormic Place. Audiences from 50 to 3000+ people.
We contracted Gabriel for our Easter Brunch, and were very, very happy with the results. He played mostly adaptations of Top 40 songs the past couple decades. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of guests who asked if he was coming back, or simply expressed how impressed they were. Booking was a cinch, even with a somewhat short lead time. I would highly recommend Gabriel for any occasion.
Gabriel made the booking process easy, he arrived early for set up and catered to any special requests. The guests loved the music, and he had a wide array of choices. Overall very talented and will certainly recommend and book again - great job!!
Gabriel showed up on time as scheduled, he set up on time and played continuously for 2 hours providing a beautiful ambiance for our small womens group.
Gabriel and his duet were one of the biggest hits of my wife’s 50th birthday dinner. It’s significant because I asked them to just kind of be background music for the entire night. They weren’t center stage, they never “the act” of the night. The just played in the corner all night.
But the reason everyone loved it is because they are incredible musicians. They played a Waite range of contemporary music to jazz to pop to rock. But they put their unique flairs to song and it was just beautiful. By the end if the night guest were humming or signing a lot with the songs they knew. It really made for an amazing birthday for my wife.
Gabriel did an amazing job! He blew our expectations away and we got amazing feedback from our guests on his playing. Gabriel was professional, accommodating, and thorough throughout the entire process! The wide variety of songs he can play is impressive. Gabriel arrived early to our event and was a pleasure to work with for our wedding day. Would recommend to anyone looking for music at their event.
I am about to tell you about the best day of my life. I am very skeptical and I am always on the look out for being let down or scammed. I admit, I have trust issues. My wife and I had planned on having a huge wedding on 8-8-2020. We had everything planned, string quartet, dj, venue, food, family, but nothing could prepare us for the pandemic that we are all dealing with. My father has taken a turn for the worse and we are enjoying as much time as possible with him as long as he is with us. The need to get married in the church was important for us and we wanted my father to be there. We planned with the church to have a small ceremony with approximately 20 people. We skipped on all the festivities and activities that come with a normal wedding as normal no longer exists for us. This week was a whirlwind and I decided I had to do something to make this day special as we sacrifice so much for our day. I sent out a request on GIG salad for a guitarist. Many offered but Gabriel was unique, he offered to play for our wedding with only 3 days to prepare. His offer was much lower than others and I asked him why, not because I thought he wasnt deserving of it, his reviews were awesome and I did a thorough review for others experiences. His communication and his videos of his performance were amazing. Something was off and I wanted to know more. The more I tried to find a flaw, the more I heard more of his music. He was professional, not professional as a corporation, but professional at his talent and the way he played his music. We settled on a price, (I offered him more than what he wanted), and I proceeded to accidentally become a difficult customer. I had a vision of how I wanted him to play exactly 3 music pieces and I wanted it to be special. I gave him specific instructions that I wanted everyone to cry, because thats how I feel every time I see my beautiful wife. I wish I could share the email because it was lengthy and precise with details down to the minutes and seconds (I am embarrassed about this). Gabriel showed up on our wedding day and within 10 minutes he was set up and ready to proceed. I gave him the artistic freedom to play classical guitar wedding hymns for the prelude which he did flawlessly. His style was very technical and classical. Once the procession was starting, as cued, he played 2 songs beautifully. The brides processional was an acoustic version of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I shook as he played the song we first danced to and when I first looked into my wife's eyes and fell in love. I remember every detail of how she looked. I remember standing at the alter as he timed the song perfectly being the happiest I ever have been. The rest of our wedding had traditional pipe organ playing but Gabriel was outside for the prelude, playing exactly in time with the organ, welcoming all of our 20 guests outside the church. We asked him if he had a ukulele, he played a guitar in such a way that we could not tell the difference. Everyone has told us that although small, our wedding was beautiful and meaningful. Gabriel is a talented human being, he has a gift and I wish him much success. I wish everyone can feel the way I do thinking back to how great it is to know that people like him exist.
Gabriel did an AMAZING job playing guitar for us. He was happy to accept the event on a short notice! He came and set up an hour before the show. He was polite and professional and when he played his music - everyone stopped conversation and listened intently! He even played an extra half an hour because we just wanted him to keep playing! And he happily took requests! you need a guitarist for ANY occasion - Gabriel is the guy to go with!
Gabriel is 5++++ stars!! He is not only professional in showing up early, abiding to his word, responsive, very nice, but has an extreme amount of talent. He made our mom's 60th birthday amazing and I would highly recommend him to anyone. We will certainly be booking him again for future events. AMAZING!
Gabriel was very professional and friendly. He made sure that I was happy throughout the process, from the time he was providing me with a quote and samples of his work up until the event itself.
His music and cooperation in our surprise proposal, helped make our special day a great memory.
I would highly recommend Gabriel for your events!
I would Definitely recommend Gabriel to anyone, he made our event a truly memorable one. I was so Amazed at his versatility and talent, and he was also so personable too! Thank You Gabriel!
Gabriel Datcu was an absolute professional! He was to the event promptly 1 hour before. His demeanor was reserved and modest, and his repertoire of music was broad enough to appeal to everyone on the boat. He transformed our family outing into a very memorable event. Everyone absolutely loved him. Because of Gabriel Datcu, the event was Perfectly Spectacular!! I hope to hire him again in the near future. He was outstanding!!!
Gabriel was everything I hoped for: prompt on communication, on-time for the event, good-natured and easy-going, friendly with my seniors, and incredibly talented on the guitar. So many of my residents complimented his playing, and he was quick to take special requests. I will absolutely be asking him back, and I would heartily recommend him to anyone looking for a guitarist.
He came an hour early to set up, he went with the flow of our crazy 3-6 year old range birthday party so he was very flexible and he was really professional the whole time. Also, he was reeeeally talented!
Gabriel was fabulous to work with. The details for my event changed a couple of times, and he was extremely flexible and accommodating. He followed up with me before and after the performance. I sincerely appreciate his professionalism and I look forward to working with him again for my music needs. Highly recommend him for "blues themed" music.
He worked with us and keep great communication lines open. He was very professional and accommodated our playlist. Couldn’t have asked for a better guitarist.
Gabriel was an absolute pleasure to work with. He arrived on time, and ready to play. He was set up within minutes and strummed away the whole night. Yes, he is a great guitarist, but the reason he gets 5 stars is his attention to detail. I would not hesitate to book him again for any event in the future.
Gabriel is very professional. Amazing guitarist! We were very lucky to have him! Thank you 😊
We had Gabriel play his guitar during a cocktail reception and dinner for about 40 people. He was fantastic. His portfolio of music selections was much more than anticipated from old classics to current Pop music. I never thought I would hear Metallica or Pink Floyd played on a guitar in only Gabriel’s style that wowed our guests! He was very professional and arrived well in advance to set up. We will definitely hire him again in the future!
Gabriel did a fabulous job for our reception. He arrived early, set up quickly and played for two hours without taking a break. Everyone enjoyed Gabriel's talent. Nice addition to our reception.
What a joy it was having you at my moms service. We asked that he played along side one singer and you stayed and played the entire service. My family is forever grateful for the care you showed us in that moment. A very talented musician that everyone should book.
Super easy to work with, polite, fun professional.
Gabriel was flexible, attentive and extremely skilled! He showed up punctually, dealt with some last second issues that arose from the venue and still made my proposal all that I could hope for. Great musician!
I cannot say enough about how fantastic Gabriel was in making our Event unforgettable. There is nothing this man can't play, latin, classical, modern, etc. We kept him 2 hours longer because he was so talented. I highly recommend Gabriel for any special occasion, first class all the way!
Price Range: Contact for Rates
Gig Length: 45 - 500 minutes
Languages: English, Romanian
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Mercer Insurance.
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Arrival 45 min to 1hr prior to call time.
Personal amplification equipment and additionally able to provide by request amplification/microphone for speaker or officiant.
Attire - suit and tie unless otherwise requested.
Repertoire may includes a mix of styles and variety of tempos from jazz to contemporary popular and current radio hits.
Special song requests are always welcome prior to the events and feasible pending sheet music available at musicinotes.come or sheetmusicdirect.us
Gabriel Datcu is a versatile guitarist incorporating styles from Classical to Jazz, Latin, Funk, R&B, Motown, Acoustic Rock to current top40s hits.
He is actively performing locally as well as nationally. Some of the past and current performing venues include Pritzker Stage, Grant Park, Jazz Showcase, City Winery, Shedd Aquarium, Willis-Sears Tower's Metropolitan Club, The Peninsula Hotel, House of Blues, and Chicago Theatre . With over 20 years of performing experience, Gabriel has successfully provided live entertainment either as a solo guitarist or with ensembles in USA and Europe. Several of the events and clients served have been: Marubeni-Citizen, Morgan-Chase, BP Amoco, Lake County Bar Foundation, Bank of America, Hampton by Hilton (Florida) and Switzerland Governor's Party (year 2000) in the city of Bern.
Additional Booking Notes
Can provide DJ stage lights as well as amplification system (speakers, stands, microphone) .
Personal Instrument amplification included at all performances.
If outdoors and sunny or humid, some type of covering might be requestsed as well as temperature requirements for cold seasons must be 60+ ( or outdoor heater may be requested) so that the instrument may stay in tune during performance.
Past Booked Events
|August 08, 2020 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 25, 2020 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm||Holiday Party|
|November 13, 2019 • 8:30pm - 8:45pm||Surprise|
|July 12, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Restaurant/Bar Event|
|September 25, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|August 10, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 01, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|July 22, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 14, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|July 08, 2018 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm||Cruise Ship Event|
|June 24, 2018 • 11:30am - 12:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 20, 2018 • 8:30pm - 11:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 18, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 05, 2017 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Launch Party|
|September 23, 2017 • 9:00am - 9:30am||Personal Occasion|
|June 09, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|January 28, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - The Magnificent Mile|
|January 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - The Magnificent Mile|
|January 27, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||The Metropolitan Club - Willis/Sears Tower|
|January 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - The Magnificent Mile|
|January 20, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - The Magnificent Mile|
|January 20, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||The Metropolitan Club of Willis/Sears Tower|
|January 14, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - Magnificent Mile|
|January 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||The Allegro Hotel - Downtown Chicago|
|January 13, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel - Magnificent Mile|
|January 13, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Metropolitan Club - Willis/Sears Tower 67th FL|
|January 07, 2017 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||The Chez - Magnificent Mile|
|January 06, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||The Peninsula Hotel Magnificent Mile|
|January 01, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Art Van Outlet - Downers Grove|
These are only a few selections of my repertoire containing hundreds of titles:
Bach, Vivaldi , Handel , Mendelsohn, Wagner
The Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
Marry Me - Train / Bruno Mars
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
I Choose You - Sarah Barreilles
Wake Me Up - Avicii
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michelson
Raise Your Glass - Pink
We Are Young - Fun
On My Mind - Adele
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
Sugar - Maroon5
Cheerleader - OMI
Talking Body - Tov Lo
We Found Love - Rihanna
Ain't It Fun - Paramore
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Sugar - Maroon5
She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
My Cherie - Stevie Wonder
How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Frankie Valli
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Lovesong - The Cure
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Josie - Steely Dan
Marry Me - Train
Happy Together - The Turtles
More Detailed list can be provided by request depending on your event needs . Special requests not present on my extended list are welcome.
Influences & Inspiration
Most Jazz , Classical Latin/Brazilian Guitarists primarily as well as:
The variety of my guitar styles is continuously expanding and is being influenced by most know prestigious artists and classic groups among which Radiohead, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, David Bowie to current Ed Sheeran, Mraz, Bruno Mars to name a few.
Performance location is preferred to be not in the very proximity of exits or dooways. For solo , armless chair and power outlets close by are a necessity as well as for duos, trios.