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Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks present their new single "Across The Borderline"

¡Spangled! a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks will be available on October 4th.

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2019

July 20, 2019

"Live From Here" with Chris Thile

Green Music Center

Rohnert Park, CA

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August 8, 2019

GenPEM Historic House Concert

Cotting-Smith Assembly House

Salem, MA

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August 22, 2019

UCCS Presents: Artist Series

Shockley-Zalabak Theater

Colorado Springs, CO

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September 28, 2019

Obere Mühle

Dübendorf, CH

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November 8, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Sessions Music Hall

Eugene, OR

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November 9, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Star Theater

Portland, OR

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November 10, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

The Triple Door

Seattle, WA

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November 13, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Harlow's

Sacramento, CA

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November 14, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Freight & Salvage`

Berkeley, CA

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November 15, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Harold J. Miossi CPAC

San Luis Obispo, CA

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November 16, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

The Sanctuary at Pico-Union

Los Angeles, CA

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November 17, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

California Center for The Arts

Escondido, CA

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November 19, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Club Congress

Tucson, AZ

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November 20, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale, AZ

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November 21, 2019

Roots Rising with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

KiMo Theater

Albuquerque, NM

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November 22, 2019

Roots Rising Tour with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

TBC

Santa Fe, NM

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November 23, 2019

Roots Rising with Liz Vice and Matt Andersen

Fox Theater

Boulder, CO

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Past Events

July 18, 2019

Sunset Concerts at The Skirball - Free show!

Skirball Cultural Center

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July 12, 2019

Celebrate Brooklyn with special guests

Prospect Park

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July 7, 2019

High Sierra Music Festival

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June 30, 2019

Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall

w/ David Gray

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June 29, 2019

Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center

w/ David Gray

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June 28, 2019

Orpheum Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 26, 2019

Golden State Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 25, 2019

Fox Theater

w/ David Gray

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June 24, 2019

Crest Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 22, 2019

McCaw Hall

w/ David Gray

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June 21, 2019

The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts

w/ David Gray

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June 20, 2019

Keller Auditorium

w/ David Gray

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June 18, 2019

Delta Hall at the Eccles Theater

w/ David Gray

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June 17, 2019

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

w/ David Gray

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June 15, 2019

State Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 14, 2019

Riverside Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 13, 2019

Chicago Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 11, 2019

Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

w/ David Gray

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June 9, 2019

Palace Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 8, 2019

Akron Civic Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 7, 2019

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

w/ David Gray

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June 5, 2019

Count Basie Theatre

w/ David Gray

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June 4, 2019

Beacon Theater

w/ David Gray

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June 1, 2019

The Wang Theater

w/ David Gray

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May 31, 2019

Metropolitan Opera House

w/ David Gray

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May 30, 2019

The Anthem

w/ David Gray

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May 28, 2019

Coca Cola Roxy

w/ David Gray

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May 26, 2019

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

w/ David Gray

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May 25, 2019

ACL Live Moody Theater

w/ David Gray

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May 24, 2019

Revention Music Center

w/ David Gray

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April 27, 2019

Adams Avenue Unplugged

Normal Height United Methodist Church

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April 20, 2019

"Live From Here" with Chris Thile

Town Hall

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March 3, 2019

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD

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February 27, 2019

Lincoln Center - The Appel Room

New York, NY

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February 26, 2019

World Cafe Live

Philadelphia, PA

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Ilusión

Metamorfosis

2016

Ilusión represents a high-water mark in a musical career that's never been predictable. It's one of the strongest statements I've heard from a musician who ignores boundaries and genre classifications to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts.

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Posada

Metamorfosis

2014

Posada is sophisticated, ambitious and fun. It stands as an original in genre where retreading the tried and tired is the industry norm.

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Postales

Metamorfosis

2012

Postales is a collection of images, experiences, memories and emotions made of songs. In effect, the twelve pieces of the new recording album are fond stories with daily voyage images.

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Illustrated Songs

Independent Release

2011

Gaby's music comes from the heart and you can sense the absolute passion for her music on each song as she takes you in a journey back in time while she manages to keep you grounded in the present. Her voice is truly a pleasure to listen to.

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Still The Unknown

Independent Release

2009

Her first major album produced independently.

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Across The Borderline

Y tu Sombra

O, Me

Estaré

Se apagó

Ave que Emigra

Juegos y Miedos

Gaby Moreno

Ilusión

Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has achieved remarkable success as a musician. She has been nominated for an Emmy and won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has released four albums, toured with singers Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie and Calexico, and has shared the international stage with pop music luminaries such as Bono, Andrea Boccelli and Van Dyke Parks.

In 2006, her song, “Escondidos,” took the top prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the first contestant in the Latin category to win Song of the Year. (She’s now a judge.) That opened many more doors. Her first album, “Still the Unknown” , produced independently was released in 2008.

Moreno’s career started moving quickly. She co-wrote the theme song of the television series “Parks and Recreation,” which was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. That same year, she recorded the classic song “Smile,” by Charlie Chaplin, for the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.” And she performed “Toast to Freedom,” a song commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, first with Kris Kristofferson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, then in Dublin where she shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo and Bono.

She released her second album, “Illustrated Songs” in 2011, followed by “Postales.” in 2012, her first release entirely in Spanish and with Metamorfosis, the label founded by her compatriot Ricardo Arjona, one of Latin America’s most prominent singer-songwriters. . That year, Moreno and Arjona released a duet, “Fuiste Tu,” which was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

By the time Moreno was named Best New Artist in the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards of 2013, the “newcomer” had already almost spent half her life in the music business.

When it came time to record her latest album, “Ilusión” (due for release September 9th), Moreno decided it was time to harken back to beginnings. Musically, the new album captures the pure spirit of the aspiring immigrant artist who made her way in a new country with just her guitar, her gifted voice, and a pocketful of songs she was eager to share.

“I wanted the record to sound as authentic and as close as possible to what the band sounds live,” she says, referring to her longtime collaborators. “I said, ‘Okay, let’s go back to the sound when I put out my first album, when it was just a few musicians in a room together, and it was about having fun and capturing performances. I wanted something human. I’m not a robot. I wanted to embrace the imperfections. That’s human. Maybe in the moment, I’m feeling something that’s making my voice break. It’s raw emotion. I wanted to keep that."

And she succeeded. The new collection of 13 songs, most of which she wrote or co-wrote, reflect the organic mixture of her wide array of influences, from the blues to boleros. The record’s natural sound reflects the analog philosophy of producer Gabe Roth, co-founder of Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, the independent label specializing in what it calls the “New Sound of Old Soul.”

That’s a slogan that happens to suit the singer to a tee. “I don’t want to sound like an old record, but there’s something about those old records that I love, especially that warm sound,” says Moreno. “This is why I wanted to go into the studio for this new record with Gabe Roth. Because of his minimalist approach. He doesn’t use any computers, it’s all his ears. We did it all to tape, using these beautiful old vintage microphones, and playing all together in the same room. So you don’t have the luxury of doing 20 takes for every song. We do three takes and choose the best one out of the three. It was kind of nerve-racking... but it sounds so real.”

The album includes separate Spanish and English versions of the first single, “Se Apagó/Love Is Gone,” a song of heartbreak with a twangy guitar, a bright brass section and a feel of Southern soul. Nashville-based R&B singer Jonny P joins her on their English duet, a couple’s dialog.

Moreno’s uplifting, hymn-like “Fronteras,” which means borders, reveals a theme of hope in the midst of darkness. In a time of persecution of immigrants, the song extends a hand of camaraderie for those who leave everything behind to pursue their dreams. The bilingual refrain captures the essence of “Ilusión” and the composer’s confident, mature state of mind when she created it: “And I laugh and dance. It’s in my blood. And I dream free. This is where I belong.”

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