Ayala earned a master's degree in music performance from the University of Arizona
in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and
serves as a competition adjudicator. Although he enjoys being a teacher, his touring schedule allows him to only teach in Master Class settings.
Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and internationally. He has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum of the American Indian, Musical Instrument Museum and the Oscar Meyer Theater in
Madison, Wisconsin. Recently, he was a featured artist at President Barack Obama's
Inaugural Ball. He has been recognized by the former State of Arizona Governor Janet
Napolitano, now Director of Homeland Security, for his musical achievements. He has also been honored with the University of Arizona's Tanner Award, recognizing professional career success and contributions and leadership benefiting American Indian communities. Ayala also had the opportunity to play for Pope Benedict XVI at
the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy. He was also the featured
performer at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica in Venezuela with performances in Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire and on National Public Television throughout Venezuela.
Ayala has been featured in media outlets such as Native Peoples magazine, Indian Country Today, SAY Magazine, Spirit of the Southwest (Germany), Native America Calling radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and numerous others.
Ayala has received multiple national and international music awards.
In 2012, Ayala started his own record label/recording studio entitled DeezMas Records in hopes to start a Native American Record Label to promote aspiring Native American artists. “Shades of Blue” is Ayala's first release through DeezMas Records. Upon its release, “Shades of Blue” was ranked #1 on CDBaby for over four (4) months. Prior to DeezMas Records, Ayala released three self-distributed albums: “Self Titled” in 2003, “I?ll Be Home for Christmas” in 2007 and “Tango!” in 2008. Gabriel also has several other releases through his past record label with a total of 10 titles on the market.
Although Ayala is a classically trained musician, he has ventured out into playing diverse genres which include classical, jazz, flamenco, tango, and JazzMenco, Gabriel?s original genre of music, a fusion of jazz and traditional flamenco inspired by his affinity for both genres.
As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries, he serves as an advocate for education for all youth through guitar workshops, motivational speaking, and presentations in various minority communities. He sets an example for Native communities by instilling his values of living a traditional lifestyle while abstaining from alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. He believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, honor your elders, and respect your women.” He wants to share the gift of music with as many people as possible. And he serves as an example and delivers a message to children, letting them know that they can become whatever they dream.
Ayala currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. More information and music can be found at: ayalaguitarist.com