Diana Gameros & Dorian Wood present:
An intimate evening of Latinx chants, sorrows and storytelling.
Dorian Wood (vocals, piano) returns to the Bay Area after nearly 6 years to perform songs from his most recent album, XALÁ, as well as past original works and reimagined folk standards.
Diana Gameros (vocals, guitars, piano) will serenade us with lullabies from her most recent album, Arrullo, and with new works on piano and electric guitar.
Diana and Dorian will also collaborate on a few South American folk tunes.
DOORS 6:30 PM; SHOW 7:00 PM
$15-20 sliding scale
— Artist Dorian Wood seeks to glorify both the sanctity and irreverence of intimacy. Through the use of his corpulent body and booming voice, Wood revels in challenging the artist-audience separation, using subject matter informed by his own position in society as a queer man of color and an autodidact without a formal college education nor a strong alliance to any particular community. His work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, including at such institutions as LACMA (Los Angeles), The Stone (NYC), MASS Gallery (Austin), Kulturhuset (Stockholm), and Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). As a musician, he has released over a dozen recordings, among them two back-to-back albums, Rattle Rattle and Down, The Dirty Roof, which showcase a series of doomsday-themed songs that incorporate over 60 musicians. His most recent album, XALÁ, marks the first time that Wood has recorded a full-length work in his mother tongue of Spanish.
«Conservatories and gay bars in Los Angeles were the places where Dorian Wood began to develop his particular way of looking at music...and this, combined with the gifts of nature (a powerful voice and an innate ability to deliver intense performances), have made him an artist that is both transcendental and unclassifiable.» — ROLLING STONE (Spain)
«A cutting edge sound that respectfully acknowledges the folk music of his birth, Dorian is an artist who does not stop...his life is the rhythm of his creative impetus.» — GQ (Mexico)
— Among the Bay Area’s bustling music scene is singer-guitarist Diana Gameros. Artists like Grammy winner Natalia Lafourcade and MacArthur «Genius» grant recipient Taylor Mac have become fans and collaborators. From the age of 13, Gameros has resided in the United States, and for much of that time, she was 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, just named one of the top albums of 2017 by NPR Alt. Latino. Gameros will perform songs from Arrullo, from her first album, Eterno Retorno, as well as her own arrangements of obscure covers from South America and beyond. Audiences accustomed to hearing her playing acoustic guitar only will get a chance to hear her play electric guitar and piano.
“Diana Gameros’ steady fingerpicking and elegantly simple melody create a calm within the storm, a safe place for big questions and long-ailing wounds that transcend any news cycle. Her voice has a remarkable expressive range. She’s at once strong and breathy — in an instant, wounded and boldly searching.“— NPR
“A dazzling female on the rise”. — Mother Jones Magazine
— On our website at: studiograndoakland.org/calendar/2018/4/29/diana-gameros-dorian-wood-la