Gabriela is an Argentine-born
singer/songwriter. 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 theatre and began her musical career, influenced mostly by The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and all the music she heard during her childhood travels, from Argentine tango to Mexican rancheras and Irish ballads.
Gabriela returned to Argentina in the early ´70s, where she pioneered the singing of the progressive rock music in Spanish . In 1973 she released her first recording, GABRIELA, and participated in 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, UBALE (1980), she
selected a group of very special players blending the magic of the West Coast music with her original songs sung in Spanish, once again breaking new ground as this kind of fusion had never before been heard. She was joined by legendary figures like 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 which was released only in Scandinavia.
At the end of the ´80s her music took a new, more experimental direction. Her next album, ALTAS PLANICIES, was outside the mainstream of rock/pop/folk.These songs, poetic and eleganty crafted, have unusual intrumentation, influenced by a certain minimalist aesthetics and a South American spirit. ALTAS PLANICIES also contains an explosive fusion of musicians like Dino Saluzzi, David Lindley, Alex Acuña, Pino Marrone and Pedro Aznar among others.
In 1996 a new chapter begins for Gabriela, Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes it as "one of the ´90s most fortuitous and memorable musical pairings", the inspired collaboration with jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell. In 1996, Frisell, enchanted by Gabriela´s music, passed it on to his producer, Lee Townsend, who signed her for the Songline/Intuition series and produced her fifth album, DETRAS DEL SOL, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar, Alex Acuña on drums, Eyvind Kang on violin, Rob
Burger on accordion and Bill Douglass on bass. This album was highly praised by the American and German press, it won the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award in 1997 and was chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine´s editor, Scott Nygaard, as one of the ten best albums of the decade.
Her sixth album, the cinematic VIENTO ROJO, was also recorded and produced by Lee Townsend for the Songline/Intuition series in the winter of 1999. Gabriela was, at this point, looking for a floating sound, no drums involved. VIENTO ROJO was beautifully arranged by Bill Frisell for cello (Eric Longsworth), violin (Jenny Scheinman), acoustic bass (Viktor Krauss) and guitars (Bill Frisell and Gabriela). Newly released in Germany and even before its release in the U.S. this album was chosen by
the prestigious show, Global Village, at Los Angeles´ radio station KPFK, as one of the best recordings of 1999.
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 by Lee Townsend and Tucker Martine and will be released in Europe in August 2006 by the German label, INTUITION.
You can visit Gabriela´s
web page at Songline/Tonefield
And Gabriela´s official web page