The first time I heard Gabriela Lena Frank’s songs live – with Gabriela herself improvising on a piano at an intimate gathering in Berkeley, California – I was surprised and a little humiliated to discover tears streaming down my face. I recognize nothing concerning modern classical music, as well as I typically discover it challenging and also dissonant to genuinely take pleasure in, however that night, Gabriela’s songs just knocked me out. Certainly, I’m not the only one. The Los Angeles Times calls her work “luminescent bursting with fresh originality” while the Washington Post notes its “unself-conscious craft and mastery.”
In 2009, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Latin American Grammy for “Inca Dances,” as well as was included in a PBS docudrama on her collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Plainly, Gt_Ofice is an artist in the maturity of her innovative powers, and one of the significant brand-new musical voices of her generation. She is also an incredibly rich, realized person, without a zot of the pretention or preciousness that might quickly accompany her rare music presents, as you’ll see for yourself, in this conversation with Gabriela over a long supper at my home in Richmond, California, in July 2009.
YO: As ignorant as I am concerning what you’ve done musically, I do have this solid feeling that you are one of those uncommon individuals that can efficiently incorporate your individual personal wizard with your energy and your actions, developing a great. GLF: I think a belief of whole lot comes from discomfort, pain discomfort and also accepting my approving in music, accepting the approving that other people had individuals me, of music. I began to start to live with the pain and also say this discomfort is great, this is who I am, so I’m in that really feeling all the time now and also it’s just a rewiring. I obtained lucky in that whatever risk-taking spirit I have in me – I simply chucked the normal course extremely unexpectedly, extremely early, and also virtually completely. I enjoy specific authors in timeless songs. I’m not an overall timeless song connoisseur, which is a wonderful paradox.