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March 17, 2018

8 p.m.

Naomi Wachira, Diana Gameros

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

KEXP & Abbey Arts present
3/17 Naomi Wachira (Kenya/WA), Diana Gameros (Mexico/CA)


ABOUT NAOMI:
"Some albums communicate a truth, urgency, and humanity so profound that it resonates long after it ends; singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira’s Song of Lament is one of those albums. It speaks to the political, economic, and cultural strife of the present age, while its beauty soothes, inspiring the listener to look beyond these turbulent times to remember how much we desperately need one another in order to grow." —Chaka V. Grier (Bandcamp Daily)

“Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart. Her music & songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures.”- Northwest Music Scene

“I am an African girl, well I know where I’m coming from, and I know who I want to be...” is the defiant soul-anthem that jumpstarted Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira onto a whole new path and calling. The words, from the title track of her first EP African Girl (2012), paved the way for this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist, who is determined to make a contribution in the world by offering music that is poignant, hopeful and life-giving. Five years later, after a critically acclaimed self-titled album Naomi Wachira (2014) and an acoustic EP I am Because You Are (2015), comes her sophomore album Song of Lament, which she says, “was born out the many tragic losses we’ve witnessed globally - ranging from cases of police brutality to the refugee crisis - that made me grieve about who we’ve become, but also burned a desire in me to create art that would serve society at large and hopefully lessen the chaos around us.”

“Song of Lament,” recorded at Seattle’s historic London Bridge studio, was produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance) with contributions from Dave West(organ/Rhodes), Teo Shantz (drums), Masa Kobayashi (bass), Tommy Sandovallegos (percussion), Eric Lilavois (percussion), Owuor Arunga (trumpet) and Andrew Joslyn (strings). This collection of songs is a testament to Wachira’s full embrace of her creative power and its ability to spread goodness to a world churning with chaos and self-inflicted woes born out of fear and mistrust of the “other.” It is a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience therein. Throughout the eleven-track collection, Wachira poignantly articulates the pain and chaos of modern times, while also lifting up her enduring and hopeful belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity.


... " I know we are certainly living in dark times, but I hope that we will all find the courage to be light in whatever way we’ve been gifted… that we will seek to understand those who are different from us and find ways to both acknowledge and celebrate our differences and similarities.” - Naomi




ABOUT DIANA:

"Among the Bay Area’s bustling music scene is singer-guitarist- social activist Diana Gameros, an artist who’s quickly caught the attention of national media as well as acclaimed musicians (i.e. La Santa Cecilia, Natalie Lafourcade, Bebel Gilberto, Taylor Mac, San Francisco Symphony) who’ve been drawn to her singular music and intrigued by her life story. From the age of 13, Gameros has resided in the United States, and for much of that time, she’s been an undocumented immigrant. Now with legal status through a work permit and a green card on the way, Gameros writes a love letter to her homeland with 13 standout renditions of classic Mexican songs on her latest album, Arrullo, in anticipation of soon returning to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Gameros independently releases her sophomore album, Arrullo, on November 10, 2017.

Having spent her teenage years in Michigan and adult life in San Francisco, Gameros has longed to visit the land where she was raised. 15 years have passed since she last travelled to Ciudad Juárez. Heartbroken while her city went through devastatingly tough times with militarized policing of streets and drug cartel conflicts, her family has experienced firsthand violence leaving Gameros feeling trapped with no way to help. With a sense of loss and being absent from many family milestone moments, she channels her fears, guilt and powerlessness into a beautiful tribute reminiscent of her childhood in Mexico.

Arrullo takes the listener back to the times when Gameros’ big Mexican family would gather at her grandparents’ home -- a pink house surrounded by pecan trees, rose shrubs and cacti -- located in a small farm town called Torreoncitos, eight hours south of Ciudad Juárez (the album cover of Arrullo depicts a collage of cacti, birds, her grandmother, and pictures of Mexico all in a pinkish hue). The sound of her grandmother and mother’s voice (the latter of which sings on Arrullo); the strumming of guitars; kids playing; and life on the farm, all comprise the magical spirit of family life in Mexico for Gameros. She transcends this energy into an intriguing song selection of both famous and obscure Mexican covers featured on Arrullo.


Arrullo came to life through the Women's Audio Mission's Local Sirens & Preserving Culture projects, made possible by the generous support of The California Arts Council and The Zellerbach Family Foundation. Gameros performs with her mother Altagracia Estupiñan(vocals) and grandmother Leonarda Rentería (vocals), as well as a talented cast of Bay Area musicians including Patrick Wolff (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Thomas Edler (bass), Helen Newby (cello), Danny Cao (trumpet), Andrew Maguire (vibraphone), and Magik*Magik String Quartet featuring Liana Berube (violin), Philip Brezina (violin), Marcel Gemperli (viola), and Michelle Kwon (cello) directed by Minna Choi.

In 2013 Gameros released her first official album “Eterno Retorno”, a soulful retrospective of her journey as a musician and immigrant. The songs on Gameros' album include "SB1070", which she wrote in response to the anti-immigration Senate Bill passed in Arizona in April 2010, and "Libre Y Serena", the story of an immigrant woman who decides to return to her homeland. In October of 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and her support to social justice movements.

Diana’s songs and story have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, NPR’s Alt. Latino Podcast, Public Radio International – The World and PBS Newshour.




@ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
8:00p show, 7:00p doors
$10 early, $12 general advance (not including fees)

$15 Day of Show

All ages, mostly seated, bar w/ ID




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