- The Iberian Khatru
Carreras is Fragile's Igor Khoroshev and Rick Wakeman all
rolled into one. It's amazing how fate conspires for people
to meet up, his path leading to the meeting last November
with Steve and Jon has certainly had a few twists and turns
along the way....
born in Vigo in North Western Spain in 1970, and studied
classical piano throughout his childhood years. By 1988,
Gonzalo was studying jazz and modern harmony, and had become
an admirer of the great progressive band's such as Jethro
Tull, Genesis, and of course.. Yes. It was these classic
artists who inspired Gonzalo to form his first band, the
prize winning Madeleine Green. In 1992, Gonzalo moved to
Madrid and teamed up with the established Iberian outfit,
Galadriel. Two albums featuring Gonzalo were released
through a French based record label called Musea, and in
1993 the band undertook a highly successful tour of Spain,
France, Italy, and Holland. The tour received rave reviews
from Dutch and French rock magazines, and personal praise
from the ex-Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips.
Gonzalo decided to move to the UK, and early work included
gigs with the soul singer Angie Brown. Following an approach
from Clive Bunker and Glenn Cornick, Gonzalo joined the
ex-Jethro Tull members in their new project called Oak. The
band undertook a tour during 1998, culminating in an
appearance at a Jethro Tull convention in Northern Italy.
During his time with Oak, Gonzalo played such Tull staples
as Living In The Past and Life Is A Long Song.
Gonzalo was back in London and combining a busy schedule as
a live performer and music teacher. Nonetheless, eager as
ever to pursue new projects and ideas, he came into contact
with ex-Quasar bassist Keith Turner. Keith had teamed up
with ex-Enid band member, Nick May, and Gonzalo was quickly
invited to join the fledgling outfit. However, by a strange
coincidence, Keith had witnessed a Fragile gig at the Royal
Standard and he let Gonzalo know how impressed he was by the
band's performance. Gonzalo was a life long admirer of all
things Yes and could not believe a UK tribute to the band
had emerged. Fate finally moved in Gonzalo and Fragile's
favour when the band advertised for a permanent replacement
for Paul McGinley.
on stage with Oak
later backstage... Gonzalo is the central figure.
Steve and Jon
met up with Gonzalo in late November 1999 and he auditioned
with something quite simple, "Awaken" and "Six Wives"!.
Within seconds Gonzalo was invited to join, and he brings to
the band an intimate understanding and love of Yes
since become a firm favourite with the crowds during his
time in the band and has been affectionately dubbed "The
up with Gonzalo's other exploits
outside of Fragile