NB – This was recorded before October 2023. As Alhara resumes normal programming in February, we decided the time was right to upload this show.
Gaby also appears on the Palestine fundraise De Chile A Palestina which I co-ordinated.
I first came across Gaby on Teebs’ Ardour, then clocked her Chilean connection when Mr Bongo put out her album. We got in touch, both children of the Chilean diaspora, but it wasn’t until 7 or 8 years later in Manchester when Gaby touched down with Jimetta Rose and the Voices Of Creation when we met face to face. We decided to do this show together, and there’ll be more to come.
Born, raised and based in Los Angeles and of Chilean descent, Gaby Hernandez has been writing and recording since 2001. She was a founding member of the ‘creative music ensemble’ Build An Ark alongside others including Carlos Niño, Dexter Story and Dwight Trible.
Gaby was the only vocalist on Teebs‘ debut Brainfeeder release Ardour. She made major contributions to AmmonContact‘s Ninja Tune releases New Birth and With Voices, plus The Life Force Trio‘s Plug Research album Living Room. She was also the vocalist on Dimlite‘s Outernational Duet – released as part of his highly acclaimed Sonar Kollektiv long-player This Is Embracing.
Hernandez was invited by Mia Doi Todd to sing on the Jonathan Wilson produced song Canto de Iemanja, which was included on Todd’s City Zen record Cosmic Ocean Ship and the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation, which also featured Beck, Seu Jorge, Aloe Blacc, David Byrne and Madlib.
Among her main musical comrades is the prolific multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Dexter Story, for whom Hernandez sang on the track Water Bearer from his LP Seasons, on Kindred Spirits.
‘Spirit Reflection’ is Gaby’s third full-length album – a dreamy folk-electronica masterpiece featuring a stellar line-up of west coast talent in Kamasi Washington, Stuart Howard aka Lapalux, Dexter Story, Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson alongside Gaby.