Recital: Gabriela Martina '21 MM, Jazz Voice

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255 St. Botolph St.
Boston, MA
United States

NEC's students meet one-on-one each week with a faculty artist to perfect their craft. As each one leaves NEC to make their mark in the performance world, they present a full, professional recital that is free and open to the public. It's your first look at the artists of tomorrow.

Gabriela Martina '21 MM studies Jazz Voice with Ken Schaphorst.

All music and lyrics are by Gabriela Martina unless otherwise noted.  The drum/voice interludes in between pieces are fully improvised and inspired by poems by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Robert Creeley.

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  • Gabriela Martina '21 MM, voice
  • Massimo Paparello, trumpet
  • Pritesh Walia, guitar
  • Moshe Elmakias, piano
  • Chris Worden, double bass
  • CJ Schrieber, drums
  • Ken Schaphorst, studio instructor
  1. First of all, I wanted to thank you all so much for being here in person at my graduation recital at NEC or watching it via livestream online.  Live performances have probably never meant as much to people than during this difficult time of living through a pandemic.

    I also wanted to shout out a huge THANKS to all my dear mentors that have guided me through this path at NEC.  I have learned so much from all of you and can't thank you all enough for the incredible amount of work (and tons of extra work!!!) you all did during such a demanding time.  I'm extremely grateful for everything I can explore deeper - now and in the future,  Just to mention a few:

    Frank Carlberg, Cecil McBee, Dominique Eade, Ken Schaphorst, Miguel Zenón, Jason Moran, John Heiss, and Nima Janmohammadi.

    The works you will hear and experience tonight will include mostly new compositions from my upcoming recording of my new album called "States" that I have been working on during the time of the pandemic.

    The word "states" has more than one meaning.  "State" comes from the Latin "status" meaning "condition of a country."  The word 'states" mostly gets associated with the United States of America.  In what 'state of mind' are the 'States' currently finding themselves in?  I will explore word play, political tension, and different states of mind in order to express my findings through sound.

    Will sound alone be able to transform my intentions to an audience?  I would like to go back to the roots of music, which is simply voice and drums, and use these two textures as the core elements for my compositions.  I will take advantage of the fact that a vocalist can make music with words, but I will pay just as much attention to work on the playful side of writing compositions with words that have no meaning (gibberish).

    Where and what will our States be in 2022?  2024? in 2030?

  2. The Circus

  3. Alpha Bird

    The intro to "Alpha Bird" was inspired by Schubert's "Erlkönig", a setting of a poem by Goethe.  The lyrics are about the current 'state of the United States', and it speaks to the times we currently find ourselves in.  Alpha Bird refers to the eagle, chosen as the emblem of the United States in 1782 because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks.  The eagle represents freedom...


    Like the bird's don't face this petty lawn
    Heal from far away, still meet clouds
    And jars breaking you'll never find
    And you can fire a star
    Look! A black hole base, star fruit phase
    Like you know the flies can please
    I withheld, (I) live in my head
    Paid the price and chased hell out!
    Woaw, in tears, alpha bird

    Heal over the scars
    And over-fight and you can know you
    All you're gonna be
    When you'll heal over the scars
    When home will never fight your grace
    until believing
    Killing light - they get you!
    Killing light - they get you!

    Hide a crow shade
    High-end the gold train

    Living birds don't cry
    Brush your feather, thee
    Another hoodlum lie
    Kinder away from me!
    Stir and fry and tingle
    Certain of, so may he lie

    (So) Tall John called to the canny little money lie
    Yuko knows, for the right!
    And me?
    You can double up free
    I come sure euphoric

    And you feel - over the clouds
    When over trees, over again
    The love will fall - your tree

    Over the clouds

  4. Rocksteady

  5. Unfold

  6. ---intermission

  7. Full Circle

  8. Soso Zäuerli

  9. Schiibeschtand

  10. Come on Home