Amigos Nobles plays an intense, unique brand of instrumental, classical guitar-based Euro-Mediterranean, World Beat, Fusion.
Amigos Nobles consists of Pacific Northwest musicians Jerry Wirkkala on guitar, Richard Ferguson on guitar and bass, and Angelo Ortiz on percussion.
Jerry Wirkkala is a masterful guitarist who’s been fusing nuevo flamenco, blues and jazz, and has been performing around the Seattle area for a number of years. Jerry was recently joined by long-time friend, Richard Ferguson.
Richard Ferguson has been a rock player for many years. After attending a Gipsy Kings concert, Richard became inspired, bought a classical guitar and began learning the Euro-Nuevo Flamenco style songs Jerry was playing. However, Richard’s rock roots have not disappeared and are apparent in the music of Amigos Nobles. When Jerry and Richard were joined by percussionist, Angelo Ortiz, Amigos Nobles began evolving into something much greater than anticipated.
Angelo Ortiz is a well-known, gifted percussionist, recently named Best Instrumentalist by the Washington Blues Society in 2016. Angelo has had multiple previous nominations for best percussionist and has appeared on the cover of Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine, a nationally published music trade magazine. Angelo has also played with many well-known musicians, and appears on too many CDs and recordings to name here.
The band picked the name Amigos Nobles because the name means “Noble Friends”, and not only represents the Mediterranean-style feel of their music but also the friendship they have developed. Together, Amigos Nobles has recently been performing their unique style of music regularly in the Pacific Northwest, and have been writing and recording original songs for their debut CD, to be released Fall, 2016.
Amigos Nobles has played a number of high profile local events and venues, such as Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, Hard Rock Café, Mt. Si Summer Concert Series, and Freedom Fest, as well as a number of wineries, restaurants and lounges in Washington and Oregon. Many Amigos Nobles shows have been played to capacity crowds, with standing room only.
Everyone, even the rockers, metal heads and blues crowds seem to love the music of Amigos Nobles. The guitar work is amazing, along with very intelligent, meaningful percussion. Amigos Nobles’ music is very energetic, feels really good to listen to, and fans enjoy seeing the intensity Amigos Nobles plays with.