Guapacha (gwáa-páh-cháa) was formed in Köln, Germany by Gilberto Torres in 1990. He is the musical director of Guapacha. Gilberto was born in Caracas, Venezuela where he performed with the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra. Later, he moved to Cologne, Germany to study music and that is where he formed Guapacha which toured all over Europe. In 1995, he moved to the United States where he continues to work as a professional flute player, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher. He holds a double Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University of Long Beach.
Guapacha started touring all over Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Köln, Krefeld, Künzelsauer, Leverkusen, Munich, Selm, Uhlhof) performing Jazz and Latin music. They also worked closely with a German entertainment company called Alba Kultur Aktion. Guapacha had the opportunity to tour and perform internationally in places such as: Amsterdam-Holland, Turkey, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Cuba. They have also participated in the Latin American Festival in downtown Long Beach, CA where they released their new CD in the USA called "Something Different."
When Gilberto moved to California, U.S.A. he decided to maintain Guapacha alive, with its unique style, by bringing together extraordinary musicians with tremendous talent to interpret Jazz and Latin music for all to enjoy and dance!!!