Gaby Moreno

Photo by José Leon 

“Spanglish folk-soul”
~ 2017 Grammy Award Nominee ~

~ 2013 Latin Grammy Award Winner ~

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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. Gaby is currently touring and working on her next record “Ilusión” (due out September 9, 2016). Ilusión is 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 spheres and blazes an intoxicating invitation into her musical world.

Gaby Moreno’s Ilusión … is 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.Felix Contreras, NPR MUSIC

Moreno is a highly literate songwriter who shuns cliches and packs her lyrics with smart topical references and nuanced emotions. Her melodic and rhythmic style embraces folk, pop, jazz and bossa nova — for starters.Reed Johnson, LOS ANGELES TIMES

[Gaby Moreno] truly knows no borders; her music crosses boundaries of language, she sings equally well in two; crosses cultures, displaying commonalities of her home country and American ways of life; and it fuses musical genres and does so with style and grace. Shifting between English and Spanish, blues, pop, jazz, and Latin styles, she is a good reflection of America’s, and the world’s, growing cross culturalism. Her soulful vocals alternate smoothly between the languages and the styles of folk, alt-country, blues, soul, and rock, she has the power and grace to make a serious impact right now.Bob Gottlieb, FOLK & ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE

Main Stage
12:00 – 12:50pm

Centennial Stage
9:05 – 10:05pm

Main Stage
1:40 – 2:30pm