Songstress Gaby Moreno Enchants At PAX Miami Showcase.
Music is my gateway to the mundo latino, and I’m always searching for new artists that inspire and have that something special that will keep me coming back for more. Several weeks ago, I received an invitation to the private showcase of an up-and-coming Guatemalan musician Gaby Moreno at the premiere live-music venue, PAX Miami.
Two things convinced me to RSVP right away: 1-the event was being held at PAX Miami (Performing Arts eXchange) and I’d heard great things about this venue (which is approximately 8 minutes away from my apartment) 2- After pressing play for the music video of Gaby’s duet with Ricardo Arjona I was placed under a mystical trance that took me to a happy place.
So, cut to last Thursday, and I roll into PAX with very high expectations for the showcase of talent I would witness. After I accepted my free drink (Jack and Diet, por favor…that’s the white girl in me), I cozied up in the corner with a couple friends and prepared for la magia.
Within the first few notes to her opening song, Gaby had me back in the trance I experienced when I watched her music video. While the set was limited to 10 songs, she took the crowd on a fantastic journey. I particularly enjoyed the personal, yet politically significant “Ave Que Emigra” as well as her rendition of the classic “Quizás“, which was a crowd pleaser.
During the show, I jotted down a few words that came to my mind to describe Gaby’s performance: sweet, eerie, powerful, vulnerable. Gaby has found a way to juxtapose conflicting traits into wonderful harmony. Post concert, I was able to read her bio and this little snippet explains the origin of her eclectic sound:
Gaby Moreno’s new album, Illustrated Songs, continues her love affair with the sounds of the blues, soul and jazz that captivated her as a girl. Although she was born and raised in Guatemala, it was the sounds of the American South that inspired her to become a songwriter and recording artist. “I heard an African American woman singing on the street in New York City when I was younger. I just froze. When I asked her what she called that music, she looked at me and said, ‘That’s the blues, honey.’’
To say it simply: Gaby Moreno lived up to, if not surpassed my expectations. But that’s enough talk! I’ve posted below her performance of “Ave Que Emigra” at PAX, plus her duet with Ricardo Arjona. So, have a listen and let me know what you think!