GREG (Purnhagen) Gomez

Performing As Desi Arnaz

Greg (Purnhagen) Gomez was born in Manhattan and raised in Massapequa Park on Long Island where he did not know Jerry Seinfeld, the Baldwin Brothers or Joey Buttafuoco.  Since studying vocal performance at NYU and Mannes College of Music, Greg’s eclectic career has included international touring in several productions with Philip Glass; performances in pieces created by such avant-garde luminaries as Meredith Monk and Anthony Braxton; performances and recordings of sacred music with Musica Sacra and Voices of Ascension; a featured appearance as a guest vocalist on Bjork’s CD Medulla; Off-Broadway shows: Chez Garbo, Night Vision, The Marilyn Project; several cast recordings including Of Thee I Sing and Mr. Glass’s Monsters of Grace and Hydrogen Jukebox.  In the 90’s he was a member of BMG recording artists Toby Twining Music, touring extensively and making numerous appearances on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.  Along the way, he has indulged his passion for cabaret and classic musical theater, creating several well-received shows and appearing in revues such as Rendezvous- An Evening with Piaf, Brel, Aznavour & Friends (a 2008 MAC nominee) at Feinstein’s at the Regency.    BABALU-CY!- The Art of Desi Arnaz debuted at Metropolitan Room in 2007, winning a 2008 Backstage Bistro Award in the “Best Theme Show” category and went on to a run at the Actor’s Temple Theater in the theater district.  The critics have praised his work calling him “…touching and powerful…” (The New York Times), “…winning and communicative.” (The New Yorker), “…on his way to becoming a hot commodity.” (Backstage), and “…a smooth and easy baritone that romantic songwriters should cherish.” (Cabaret Scenes).  In her review of BABALU-CY! Jan Wallmann wrote “he should put these songs on a CD,” and he has- the recording, his first solo effort, entitled Desiderio, is available on CD BABY.  And yes, in spite of having grown up with a German-Dutch last name, he is Cuban.  On his father’s side.  It’s a long story.