Diana Gameros + Alejandro Y Maria Laura
Indie Latin roots w/ pop
Singer, songwriter, and composer Diana Gameros was born into a musical family surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution. Singing mostly in Spanish, she creates authentic, inspiring music at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. Since arriving to the Bay Area, Ms. Gameros has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Taylor Mac, Bebel Gilberto, and Natalia Lafourcade, among others. In 2013 she released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. Ms. Gameros received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation in 2014 for her work in music and social justice activism. Her songs and story have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and Weekend Edition, PRI’s The World and the PBS Newshour. Last year, Diana’s new album, Arrullo, was named among NPR’s Alt. Latino favorite albums of 2017. This new body of work compiles traditional Mexican songs that Ms. Gameros arranged and produced to pay homage to her heritage and homeland.
Alejandro y Maria Laura
Duo, bandleaders, life partners, co-authors, and travelers. Since 2009, the Peruvian pair Alejandro y María Laura have continued to share deeply felt songs that span various themes. Their first two records, Paracaídas (2011) and Fiesta para los muertos (2013), were produced by Matias Cella—producer of Jorge Drexler’s albums Amar La Trama and Cara B—and showcased the eclectic combination of the duo’s songwriting. In the past few years, the couple has visited more than twenty Latin American and U.S. cities, has participated in a number of festivals, and has shared the stage with many artists including Kevin Johansen, Javier Barria, and Aterciopelados.
La Casa No Existe (2017), Alejandro y María Laura’s third record, was released recently to both critical and popular acclaim. Produced by Juanito el Cantor, the new album was recorded with local musicians from Lima and features contributions from South American artists La Lá, Paulinho Moska, Perotá Chingó, and Ezequiel Borra. Singles include “Matrimonio” and “Aguita del Equilibrio,” the latter song having surpassed two million streams on Spotify.