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Gabriela Martina

Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, GABRIELA MARTINA was no stranger to urban settings before moving to Boston MA, USA. But she spent her childhood in a bucolic idyll, amidst a family dairy farm surrounded by orchards. The third of four children in a tight-knit working class family, she grew up in a highly musical environment. At the age of five, she discovered her passion for singing while yodeling with her family’s traditional Swiss group. Realizing her calling to perform, she studied music in high school, and spent one year in London at the Vocaltech Music School. Drawn to African-American music, she spent several years studying at the Jazzschool in Lucerne, all the while saving money to come study in the United States

No White Shoes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Narcissus (2012 version); On My Way; Love Me; Origin; Us; No White Shoes; Witch Hunt; A Night in Tunisia; Thirsty Flower.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriela Martina: No White Shoes

Read "No White Shoes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss-born, Boston/New York based vocalist/composer Gabriela Martina makes her debut with No White Shoes, a collection of mostly original music with diverse influences. Jazz, rock, funk, pop, gospel and even Alpine roots music contribute to the eclectic mix. The opener “Narcissus" refers to the symbolism of the album's cover photo, with Martina's face obscured by a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture

Read "Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jussi Reijonen is an exceptional musician. On his debut recording as a leader, Un (Self Produced, 2012), the Finnish guitarist/oudist has succeeded in crystallizing a spectrum of influences, sounds and textures into a highly personal, sensual mosaic that blurs the distinction between jazz, Middle Eastern traditional music, West African music, and even Finnish folk elements.

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Gabriela Martina - Narcissus

Featuring the music of Gabriela Martina
Duration: 05:40

Gabriela Martina - Narcissus (music and lyrics by Gabriela Martina)

From the album Curiosity, featuring Gabriela Martina: voice; Alex Bailey: drums; Shin Sakaino: audio; Kyle Miles: video, upright bass; Jiri Nedoma; piano; Jussi Reijonen: fretless guitar.

NEWS: RECORDING

Gabriela Martina Releases "Curiosity"

Gabriela Martina Releases "Curiosity"

Incredible songwriting, arranging and musicianship, smooth flowing vocals, passion, honesty, and soul. Gabriela Martina and company delivers all this and more on Curiosity, her first offering to a music world in waiting. Featuring the talented lineup of Alex Bailey on drums, Kyle Miles on bass, Jussi Reijonen on guitar, and pianist Jiri Nedoma, this release is ...

Curiosity

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010


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