with Sean Watkins and Rosby
with Sean Watkins and Rosby
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Award winning singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno encompasses a wide array of genres which she describes as "Spanglish folk soul," referencing the fact that she sings in both Spanish and English.Buy Tickets
Award winning singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno encompasses a wide array of genres which she describes as "Spanglish folk soul," referencing the fact that she sings in both Spanish and English.
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Genre: latin / soul / blues
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Born and raised in Guatemala, Los Angeles based Gaby Moreno grew up inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin. She immersed herself in blues, R&B and 60’s Soul and learned to speak English by singing the songs she loved.
Her original blend of Jazz, Blues and 1960s Rock & Soul has earned her the respect and appreciation of audiences in Latin America, Europe and U.S. In 2013, she received a Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist. Previously in 2006, she won the Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Moreno also co-wrote the theme song for NBC's hit television show "Parks and Recreation".
Gaby Moreno has toured across the globe alongside artists like Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Ricardo Arjona, Van Dyke Parks, The Punch Brothers and Calexico. Most recently she performed at David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival in London and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, and has been part of the “Celebrating David Bowie” world tour. Gaby is currently touring in support of her new record “Ilusion” (released September 9, 2016). Ilusion was produced by Gabriel Roth from Daptone Records and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings camp. Armed with a warm, soulful horn inflected sound- Moreno creates a unique lane of music that straddles both the English and Spanish speaking world and blazes an intoxicating invitation into her musical world.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.
As a writer, Watkins deftly juggles the observational and the autobiographical, convincingly taking on the personalities of others – a stalker, a preacher, a cynical newscaster – and then juxtaposing them with a voice that is clearly his own. Watkins’ singing unites disparate narrative threads; he’s disarmingly honest and sympathetic, no matter whom the character he is channeling might be. Similarly, he has managed to take the work of his acoustic collaborators – -the gifted young Northern Californian trio, Bee Eaters – with the robust bass and drums combo of Matt Chamberlain and Mike Elizondo.
The title track starts off in a deceptively simple way, just Watkins’ plaintive voice and acoustic guitar, before the band kicks in, bolstered by a dreamy, Mellotron-generated string section. It’s ominous, compelling and surprisingly topical. Watkins could be echoing the words of an evangelist, a sensationalist newscaster, or a fear-mongering political candidate. Watkins quips, “I kind of lucked out with that. I started writing before all the campaign stuff was happening. But something like that is always happening.”
Conversely, “Last Time For Everything” is “a mostly true story, from back in my early to mid twenties. The concept of ‘a last time for everything’ – a friend of mine said that once and I thought, there must be a song with that title. There wasn’t any song that I could find so I wrote it. The first thing that comes to mind with a phrase like that would be something like ‘the last time you saw someone’ but that felt cheap and sentimental. I wanted to celebrate the other side of it, the things that you are never going to do again and be grateful for that, the mistakes from the past, analyzing what you’ve done and sussing out what to keep and what to let go.”
Watkins began composing these new songs as he toured in support of All I Do Is Lie and prepared to hit the road for the first time with Watkins Family Hour, a project that until then had mostly stayed rooted at Largo, the group’s favored venue in Los Angeles. Watkins initially envisioned the album as an acoustic string-band session and reached out to the Bee Eaters, a trio he’d become acquainted with after participating in bluegrass camps they conducted in Northern California. Bee Eaters are led by Tashina Clarridge on violin and her brother Tristan on cello. Simon Chrisman plays hammer dulcimer with them, and his instrument gives both a percussive and melodic underpinning to several of these tracks. But, as Watkins’ songs developed further in the writing stage, he realized he also wanted to employ a rhythm section, and called on his friends, bassist Elizondo and drummer Chamberlain, who each boast a lengthy list of credits, from hip hop to rock to jazz. Says Watkins, “It’s mind-blowing how good they are.”
Watkins’ original idea was to cut tracks separately with these two groups of musicians. But he found himself with a few days of studio time and decided to record the same four songs with both lineups and then determine what configuration worked best for each tune. What he discovered was that these two approaches weren’t mutually exclusive. By combining elements from each session he came up with a unique sound, one that helped define, in a larger sense, where Watkins himself had arrived as a solo musician. As he explains, “I wanted to highlight where I come from musically, the strings and the solos and I wanted this album to more guitar oriented than my last one. I wanted this record to highlight my musical strengths but without getting to comfortable. I really enjoy music that it is, at once, satisfying and surprising. So this record is my attempt at approaching that balancing point between reaching forward and experimenting musically while also celebrating where I come from with regard to the acoustic, bluegrass side of the spectrum.”
Unlike most of his peers, Watkins has been a performer for more than 25 years. He was a mere 12 years old when he played his first gig in Nickel Creek, with sister Sara on fiddle and Chris Thile on mandolin, at a San Diego pizza parlor. The trio’s star ascended quickly; within a few years, a progressive bluegrass following grew into a large mainstream audience. Its 2002 album, This Side, garnered a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy. Since then, Watkins has released discs with Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman as the duo Fiction Family and with fellow guitarist Glen Phillips as Works Progress Administration, an eight-piece band featuring a stellar lineup of fellow L.A. session players. He also managed to release three solo efforts along the way. The Watkins Family Hour began as an informal event at Largo, where Sean and Sara could carouse on stage with an ever-changing group of like-minded friends. A core group of musicians became a regular part of the festivities, including pianist Benmont Tench, bassist Sebastian Steinberg and singer Fiona Apple. Together they recorded The Watkins Family Hour disc last year and took their convivial show on the road. What To Fear includes guest-star turns from Sara, as well as Tench, Steinberg and Petra Haden. In fact, the instrumental “Local Honey” was originally written as a kind of Family Hour theme song, for the live show and the group’s podcast.
Having friends and family on board has long been a hallmark of every Watkins project. He’s also been regularly invited to record and tour with many other musicians, among them Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett. But What To Fear is all about Sean Watkins himself, front and center, as his songwriting matures and his persona as a solo performer blooms.
“For the longest time I didn’t feel comfortable in that role, “Watkins admits. “I loved being in bands. But now that I’ve done songs that I really like– I’m proud of my last one, and even prouder of this one –that makes a big difference when you’re traveling solo, stepping on stage by yourself. It’s fun to go out on stage – anything is possible. It’s gone from feeling daunting to being hopeful and free.”
ROSBY is a propulsive musical force—an imaginative and technique-driven percussionist who marries his skills on the drum kit with his deeply layered, cerebral, yet still danceable work as a downtempo producer/DJ.
ROSBY’s obsession with precise arrangement and thoughtful composition is informed by his 20 years of training as a serious jazz and Latin percussionist. At age 7, ROSBY began his first lessons in earnest with Andy Weis, a disciple of legendary big band drummer and bandleader Louis Bellson. Weis shepherded ROSBY into the Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth education program, a talent incubator that has produced stars of the rank of Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire and Joshua Redman. In the summers, he received guidance from SF “first call” drummer Vince Lateano (Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Stan Getz) and clinics with Berklee professor and vibraphonist Gary Burton, violin virtuoso Regina Carter, master saxophonist Wynton Marsalis, and pre-eminent vocalist Kurt Elling.
Named to the vaunted Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, ROSBY cut his touring teeth as the first drum chair of a 21-piece orchestra. Led by of famed educator, conductor, and saxophonist Paul Contos, ROSBY and his bandmates opened for then recently graduated Juilliard Jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci on a multi-city tour of Japan and had top billing at the Noto Jazz Festival abroad, returning home to headline Los Gatos’ Jazz on the Plazz, the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Known to Bay Area audiences for his wide-ranging work as a sideman in jazz, rock and hip-hop contexts, as a drummer, ROSBY has shared stages with Emmy-award winning pianist and violinist John Wineglass, hip-hop groups Souls of Mischief, Zion-I and Nappy Roots, Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina, electronica stalwarts Beats Antique and RJD2, as well as reggae and roots luminaries Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. Deeply inspired by downtempo pioneer Bonobo and the much loved “Mushroom Jazz Series” from acid jazz and SF house legend Mark Farina, ROSBY switched his focus from the drum kit to Ableton and embraced a lifestyle of crate digging, sample searching, and endless experimentation in studio production.
As a producer, ROSBY has distinguished himself on releases through San Francisco based label Teknical Funk (under the handle Rhythm-Fiend) and two more recent full-length albums-- Original Movements (2015) and Scattered Thoughts (2016), the latter first debuted in performance at the Big Surreal Music & Arts Festival in Carmel Valley, CA. A childhood friend of Tech House producer and Dirtybird affiliate GHOSTEA, the two worked together extensively as the production duo Hidden Library.