Born to a Spanish mother and Italian father in Montevideo, Uruguay, Gustaü and his family moved to Toronto, Canada which has been home since the age of 2.
Captivated by the guitar at an early age and a self taught guitarist from age 18, Gustaü has dedicated his life to playing, writing and recording his original Spanish guitar compositions. He founded the group Puente del Diablo in 1995, and has never looked back.
His main influences include Alex Lifeson and Rush, Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo.
A driving passion to sing since the early ages as a child, with his smooth voice, and natural stage presence his interaction on stage and with the crowd is charming and engaging while his energy is infectious. Beginning with Puente in 1997 on Rhythm guitar only to see an exit in 1998 and finally rejoining in 2000. His main influences derive from many genres of music from Latin to Jazz, R&B, Rock and Pop & Country.
Benjamin Barrile is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive in jazz, classical and world music. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including: The Café Olé – a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz. Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero’s School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CityTV, Jazz FM, and Telelatino. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first of many times, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He traveled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros including Manuel Lozano “El Carbonero”.
ROB “BETO” CAMPOLI
Rob Campoli AKA Beto, originally performed with Puente from 1996-1998 then rejoined the band in 2011..loves the thrill of performing live shows..major influences include Bob Marley, U2 and the Gypsy Kings.
A part of Puente’s rhythmic backbone Paul draw’s upon diverse musical influences to contribute to the music’s pulse that help’s make Puente del Diablo stand apart.
Joining the band not long after experiencing them while on tour in Korea many year’s ago, Paul has laid down his bass groove’s on every one of Puente’s C.D. release’s.
With a vast list of recording’s and live performance’s under his belt, Paul remain’s active
in the local music scene alway’s looking forward to new experience’s.
Bartek studied piano at the age of eight and began playing drums when he was twelve. Originally from Southern Poland, he has lived in Toronto, Canada since childhood. Not only is he a skilled, versatile, dynamic musician who plays drums and an assortment of percussion, but he’s also a talented composer/arranger and a dedicated teacher. Bartek brings a rare subtlety and a high level of professionalism to every project he works with. He continues to raise the bar by setting high standards amongst local musicians and music pedagogues.
Bartek has a B.A. of Music from Thompson Rivers University and a Music Diploma from Humber College. He had the opportunity to study with some of Canada’s most prominent drummers including: Mark Kelso, Paul DeLong, Ted Warren, Lorne Nehring and the Toronto jazz legends: Bob McLaren and Don Vicory. Some of Bartek’s key collaborations include: Nicolas Hernandez (Jessie Cook), Nick “Brownman” Alli (National Jazz Award winner), Mike Murley (8 time jazz saxophonist of the year) Louis Dennis (Grammy nominated and Juno award winner), Andy Ballantyne, Mark Promane, The Café Ole and many more.