Gaby Moreno Interview


Gaby Moreno is Guatemalan-born Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner who has released 4 solo records internationally. Her current album IIlusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She has toured with Tracy Chapman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids and Calexico, and has shared stages with Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Van Dyke Parks.

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to Gaby backstage at St.Kilda’s Fyrefly at the start of her 2019 Australian tour and then stayed for the show to offer a report, accompanied by some fabulous photos by Jason Rosewarne



Review Greg Phillips. Photos Jason Rosewarne

It has been around a year and a half since Latin Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Gaby Moreno had been in Australia and clearly she was delighted to be back. Kicking off her tour with two nights at one of Melbourne’s finest live music rooms, The Fyrefly Gaby eased into Intento from her 2011 album Illustrated Songs, followed by Herman Rosetta a gorgeous Spanish language variation of the Sam Phillips song Sister Rosetta. Sporting an aqua coloured top to match her exquisite Caribou model Duesenberg electric guitar, Gaby’s performance of O, Me highlighted both the strength and sweetness of her remarkable voice. Pale Bright Lights, also from the Illusion album received a grittier treatment tonight, displaying even more colours from the Guatemalan singer’s palette. Gaby’s band consisting of drummer Sebastian Aymanns and bassist Kimon Kirk not only provided a solid backing but contributed so much character to the songs with their empathic playing.

For the second set of the evening, Gaby introduced a special guest, local guitar virtuoso Sam Lemann to the stage, who seamlessly blended into the mix by adding his intricate and sublime musical notions. Set two presented two show highlights for me, one being The Weed Smoker’s Dream, which Gaby used to perform while on tour with actor/musician Hugh Laurie. It’s a slow burning blues song which again spotlighted Lemann’s thoughtful fretboard skills. The other incredible performance was Gaby’s version of Across The Borderline, which was written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Jim Dickinson. Gaby recently recorded the song as a duet with Jackson Browne, featuring some guitar parts from Cooder. It will appear as one of the tracks off Gaby’s new album Spangled, which she created with Van Dyke Parkes and will be released in May. Gaby Moreno thrilled the Fyrefly audience tonight with her amiable nature, amazing vocal range and quality brand of eclectic rhythms. For discerning music fans, if you have the chance to catch Gaby and band on this tour, don’t think twice about securing tickets, a night of musical joy is assured.

14 March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney NSW
15 March – Dust Temple, Gold Coast QLD
16 March – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane QLD

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