Gavin Libotte was born in Kent, England and moved to Perth Australia in 1981. He studied classical guitar with Perth virtuoso Stephan Bulmer and Colin Reeves and then went on to complete a certificate and associate degree in jazz and contemporary music at the Perth Conservatorium of Music. He then formed the guitar band Urban Gypsies with Glenn Rogers. They released the widely acclaimed debut CD Gypsy Fever, and went on to support the Buena Vista Social Club, Cassandra Wilson, Demis Roussos and many others.
In 2003 Gavin moved to Sydney to continue with the widely respected Jazz / Latin guitar duo Urban Gypsies, this time with Simon Phillips. Together they recorded Sauvage, an instrumental guitar world music album. This was released through MGM and promoted through SBS, local media and the ABC, receiving a 3/4 star review in The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2008 Gavin collaborated with European-based guitarist Gordon Tan for a third, more mature Urban Gypsies album titled Beautiful Catastrophe.
Gavin has been lucky enough to never have to work a ‘real job’, preferring to play with acclaimed musicians at concerts and festivals. This list includes cellist Anatoli Torjinski and guitarist Dieter Kleemann, who has