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    Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks' "¡Spangled!" Due October 4 on Nonesuch Records

    ¡Spangled!—a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—on Nonesuch Records on October 4, 2019 (on Metamorfosis in Latin America). The ten-song set celebrates the migration of song across the Americas and spans more than a century, including a bolero from Panama, a  bossa nova from Brazil, and an elegiac ballad from the Southwest United States—Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson's "Across the Borderline," performed with Cooder and Jackson Browne. The album also includes one of Moreno's own songs as well as the previously released track "The Immigrants" by Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder. You can watch the videos for both below.

    ¡Spangled! is available for pre-order now at  iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where "Across the Borderline" and "The Immigrants" may be downloaded immediately. The album will also stream at  Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. Moreno headlines a free show in Prospect Park tonight as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! tonight and returns to Live From Here with Chris Thile on July 20. She will tour the US West throughout the month of November as part of Roots Rising!, a co-bill with Liz Vice and Matt Anderson; tickets are on sale now at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    In choosing the album's songs, "we didn't want to focus just on Latin America," Moreno says. "We could use songs from the US as well. I look at it as one continent, the Americas. It was important for me to bring those two together—and it was also important, because of these difficult political times we are going through, to speak about immigration."

    Moreno and Parks first performed together a decade ago at Largo in Los Angeles. Afterward, as Moreno recalls, "We had a really long conversation about how much we love this music and how amazing it would be to collaborate together." They then began sending music back and forth via email. "He'd send me songs from Latin America that even I hadn't heard, introducing me to a lot of music that I should have known. The next thing you know, we had ten songs."

    When Parks was invited to present a concert at the Roskilde Festival on July 4, 2010, he asked to have an orchestra, and Moreno, join him. "I decided to do all songs that were Pan American. I wanted to present the world before the era of 'The Ugly American,'" he said. When they got back together recently to record this music, Parks brought in Cooder, guitarist Grant Geissman, percussionist Jim Keltner, and Browne; assembled string and wind sections; and also brought in the marimba player Matt Cook. 

    Gaby Moreno is a Guatemalan native who made Los Angeles her home almost two decades ago. She has established herself as a singer-songwriter with a repertoire incorporating blues, jazz, folk, and soul, performed in Spanish and English. She is a frequent guest on Chris Thile's Live from Here public radio show. Moreno was awarded a Best New Artist Latin Grammy in 2013 and garnered a nomination for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2017 Grammys for Illusion. She also is the co-composer of the theme for Parks and Recreation. 

    Van Dyke Parks is a storied composer, arranger, and producer who has worked with artists ranging from the Mothers Of Invention to the Beach Boys—as well as Phil Ochs, Harry Nilsson,  Little Feat, Inara George, and Joanna Newsom. He studied at the American Boychoir School in Princeton and later at Carnegie Tech, where Aaron Copland was one of his instructors. Parks has been an actor, a record executive, and composer and arranger on many Hollywood films. But it was in the early 1960s, when he was performing with his brother Carson Parks at coffee houses in Southern California that he began to explore and perform Latin American music in earnest.

    GABY MORENO ON TOUR

    Jul 12 Celebrate Brooklyn! Brooklyn, NY
    Jul 20 Live From Here Rohnert Park, CA
         
    Nov 8 Sessions Music Hall* Eugene, OR
    Nov 9 Star Theater* Portland, OR
    Nov 10 The Triple Door* Seattle, WA
    Nov 13 Harlow's* Sacramento, CA
    Nov 14 Freight & Salvage* Berkeley, CA
    Nov 15 Harold. J. Miossi CPAC* San Luis Obispo, CA
    Nov 16 Venue TBD* Los Angeles, CA
    Nov 17 California Center for the Arts* Escondido, CA
    Nov 19 Club Congress* Tucscon, AZ
    Nov 20 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts* Scottsdale, AZ
    Nov 21 KiMo Theatre* Albuquerque, NM
    Nov 22 Venue TBD* NM
    Nov 23 Fox Theatre* Boulder, CO
         

    * Roots Rising! w/Liz Vice, Matt Andersen

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Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks' "¡Spangled!" Due October 4 on Nonesuch Records

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¡Spangled!—a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—is due on Nonesuch Records on October 4 (on Metamorfosis in Latin America). The ten-song set spans more than a century, including a bolero from Panama, a bossa nova from Brazil, a song by Moreno, Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder's "The Immigrants," and an elegiac ballad from the Southwest US: Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson’s “Across the Borderline,” performed with Cooder and Jackson Browne. Pre-order to download those two songs now. 

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¡Spangled!—a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—on Nonesuch Records on October 4, 2019 (on Metamorfosis in Latin America). The ten-song set celebrates the migration of song across the Americas and spans more than a century, including a bolero from Panama, a  bossa nova from Brazil, and an elegiac ballad from the Southwest United States—Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson's "Across the Borderline," performed with Cooder and Jackson Browne. The album also includes one of Moreno's own songs as well as the previously released track "The Immigrants" by Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder. You can watch the videos for both below.

¡Spangled! is available for pre-order now at  iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where "Across the Borderline" and "The Immigrants" may be downloaded immediately. The album will also stream at  Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. Moreno headlines a free show in Prospect Park tonight as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! tonight and returns to Live From Here with Chris Thile on July 20. She will tour the US West throughout the month of November as part of Roots Rising!, a co-bill with Liz Vice and Matt Anderson; tickets are on sale now at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

In choosing the album's songs, "we didn't want to focus just on Latin America," Moreno says. "We could use songs from the US as well. I look at it as one continent, the Americas. It was important for me to bring those two together—and it was also important, because of these difficult political times we are going through, to speak about immigration."

Moreno and Parks first performed together a decade ago at Largo in Los Angeles. Afterward, as Moreno recalls, "We had a really long conversation about how much we love this music and how amazing it would be to collaborate together." They then began sending music back and forth via email. "He'd send me songs from Latin America that even I hadn't heard, introducing me to a lot of music that I should have known. The next thing you know, we had ten songs."

When Parks was invited to present a concert at the Roskilde Festival on July 4, 2010, he asked to have an orchestra, and Moreno, join him. "I decided to do all songs that were Pan American. I wanted to present the world before the era of 'The Ugly American,'" he said. When they got back together recently to record this music, Parks brought in Cooder, guitarist Grant Geissman, percussionist Jim Keltner, and Browne; assembled string and wind sections; and also brought in the marimba player Matt Cook. 

Gaby Moreno is a Guatemalan native who made Los Angeles her home almost two decades ago. She has established herself as a singer-songwriter with a repertoire incorporating blues, jazz, folk, and soul, performed in Spanish and English. She is a frequent guest on Chris Thile's Live from Here public radio show. Moreno was awarded a Best New Artist Latin Grammy in 2013 and garnered a nomination for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2017 Grammys for Illusion. She also is the co-composer of the theme for Parks and Recreation. 

Van Dyke Parks is a storied composer, arranger, and producer who has worked with artists ranging from the Mothers Of Invention to the Beach Boys—as well as Phil Ochs, Harry Nilsson,  Little Feat, Inara George, and Joanna Newsom. He studied at the American Boychoir School in Princeton and later at Carnegie Tech, where Aaron Copland was one of his instructors. Parks has been an actor, a record executive, and composer and arranger on many Hollywood films. But it was in the early 1960s, when he was performing with his brother Carson Parks at coffee houses in Southern California that he began to explore and perform Latin American music in earnest.

GABY MORENO ON TOUR

Jul 12 Celebrate Brooklyn! Brooklyn, NY
Jul 20 Live From Here Rohnert Park, CA
     
Nov 8 Sessions Music Hall* Eugene, OR
Nov 9 Star Theater* Portland, OR
Nov 10 The Triple Door* Seattle, WA
Nov 13 Harlow's* Sacramento, CA
Nov 14 Freight & Salvage* Berkeley, CA
Nov 15 Harold. J. Miossi CPAC* San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 16 Venue TBD* Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 California Center for the Arts* Escondido, CA
Nov 19 Club Congress* Tucscon, AZ
Nov 20 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts* Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 21 KiMo Theatre* Albuquerque, NM
Nov 22 Venue TBD* NM
Nov 23 Fox Theatre* Boulder, CO
     

* Roots Rising! w/Liz Vice, Matt Andersen

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