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Collaboration features ten Pan American songs performed in Spanish, Portuguese, and English including “The Immigrants,” which was released last year and named one of the New York Times’ Best Songs of 2018.
Nonesuch Records releases ¡Spangled!—a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—on October 4, 2019. 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 (full track list below). Moreno performs tonight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn!; joins the Live from Here with Chris Thile broadcast from the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA; and tours the U.S. this fall, as part of Roots Rising! (complete schedule below).
In choosing the album’s songs, “we didn’t want to focus just on Latin America,” Moreno says. “We could use songs from the U.S. 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.”
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.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||MORENO, GABY & PARKS, VAN DYKE|
|Music Genre Primary||Pop & Rock|
- 1. Across the Borderline (Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Jim Dickinson USA, 1982)
- 2. Alma Llanera (Pedro Elías Gutiérrez, Rafael Bolívar Coronado Venezuela, 1914)
- 3. The Immigrants (David Rudder Trinidad, 1998)
- 4. Historia de un Amor (Carlos Eleta Almarán Panamá, 1955)
- 5. Nube Gris (Eduardo Márquez Talledo Peru, 1949)
- 6. Ill Take a Tango (Alex Harvey USA, 1976)
- 7. Esperando na Janela (Targino Gondim, Manuca Almeida, Raimundhino do Acordeon Brasil, 2000)
- 8. El Sombrerón (revisited) (Gaby Moreno Guatemala, Ari Shine USA, 2008)
- 9. O, Cantador (Dori Caymmi, Nelson Motta Brasil, 1967)
- 10. Espérame en el Cielo (Francisco López Vidal, Puerto Rico, 1955)