- Click here to read the interview which appears in the March 2001 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. -
Gabriela is an Argentine-born singer/songwriter whose work has begun to garner acclaim outside of her native country. The daughter of a diplomat, she spent her formative years in Portugal, Turkey, Ireland, Brazil, and Argentina, where she absorbed a wealth of musical styles. Living in Paris in the late '60s, she worked in theater and began her musical career, influenced mostly by the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Irish folk music, as well as her childhood idols, Harry Belafonte, Amalia Rodrigues, Miguel Aceves Mejia and Carlos Gardel.
Gabriela returned to Argentina in the early '70s, where she was one of the first
women to pioneer the singing of the so-called "Rock en Español".
In 1974, she released her first recording, Gabriela, and contributed to the
Argentine cult classic film, Hasta Que Se Ponga El Sol. In the late '70s,
Gabriela moved to Los Angeles, where her distinctive voice and songwriting
caught the attention of a number of influential musicians in the area. For
her next recording, Ubalé (1980), she was joined by Alex Acuña, David Lindley
and Robben Ford. In 1983, Gabriela traveled to Sweden and followed with a third
album, Friendship, a collaboration with a group of all Swedish musicians.
Her subsequent recording, Altas Planicies (1991), featured Dino Saluzzi, Alex Acuña, David Lindley, Pedro Aznar and Pino Marrone. Recorded in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires, the album represents a singular blend of contemporary pop and South American Folk Music.
While living in Los Angeles Gabriela participated in American Chronicles, a TV series produced by David Lynch and Mark Frost, where she was invited to do a vocal improvisation for one of the sound tracks.
In 1996 Gabriela recorded
her fifth album, Detrás
Del Sol, for the German
label, Intuition. It was Bill
Frisell who brought Gabriela's
music to the attention of
his producer, Lee Townsend.
Detrás del Sol was recorded
in San Francisco with a band
of Bill Frisell, Alex Acuña,
Bill Douglass, Rob Burger,
Eyvind Kang. The project had
its genesis in a tape Gabriela
sent to Frisell who was captivated
and immediately passed it
on to Townsend. Detras del
Sol was celebrated by both
the European and American
press and won the prestigious
award in 1997. Stereo Magazine
said "Gabriela's songs
enchant the listener right
from the start with their
relaxed coziness, their intimate
arrangements and their discreet
Latin tint. This is music
for endless desert highways."
Gabriela's most recent CD Viento
Rojo, was also recorded in San Francisco with producer Lee
Townsend, this time with a chamber-like ensemble of Bill Frisell on
guitar, Eric Longsworth on cello, Viktor Krauss on bass and Jenny
Scheinman on violin. Frisell arranged all the music on Viento Rojo
, her second release on the Songline/Tone Field series.
Gabriela is currently living in Argentina and has just finished
her 7th album, EL VIAJE, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar, Viktor
Krauss on bass, Eyvind Kang on
viola and violin, Steve Moore on keyboards and Tucker Martine on
percussion. The album was recorded in Seattle in December 2005, produced
Townsend and Tucker Martine and will be released in Europe in August
2006 by the German label, INTUITION.