On Empathie, her newest EP released in February 2012, Gabriela Martina creates a sacred space with her finely crafted compositions. Listeners are pulled directly into the center of unique arrangements, where they are beckoned to take the time and space to explore their own creativity and imagination. At times, her lyrics invoke a sense of calm, while at others they incite feelings of freedom and open abandon. The upbeat “Narcissus” is a testimony of obsession, inner struggle and a search for one’s own identity. Gabriela’s sultry drawn melody on “Love Me” is a raw desperate plea, longing for the unsaid. Meanwhile, her devilish interpretation of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia” challenges the listener in a teasing way, that showcases her pure tone and vocal flexibility. Supported by the artistry and musicianship of an incredibly talented group of players, Empathie is an unforgettable experience, where this bold artist invites listeners on a journey of self-reflection that detours through the past, longs for a free future and penetrates into the subtle layers of the subconscious.
Gabriela Martina, a native of Switzerland, was onstage for the first time at the age of five with her family as a traditional Swiss yodel group. After studying music in high school and at London’s Vocaltech Music College, Gabriela started her professional studies in singing at the Jazzschool in Luzern, Switzerland, and graduated with honors from the renowned Berklee College of Music in 2010.
Since moving to the United States, Gabriela has performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, Angelique Kidjo and Dr. Bernice Reagon.
In 2009, she was a semi-finalist of the Sure Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, performing with Lee Ritenour’s band.
Gabriela released her critically acclaimed debut album Curiosity in 2010, which included “Ain’t Nobody”, a finalist of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards 2012. Curiosity began paving the way into an unknown field of musical exploration. Her first music video for the song “Narcissus” brought amazing feedback for her fresh and lyrical visual way of presenting a composition that is intellectually through-thought, yet still accessible to a wider audience.
In addition to performing regularly around the US East Coast and Europe with her group which includes Alex Bailey on drums, Kyle Miles on bass, Jussi Reijonen on guitar and Jiri Nedoma on piano, , and her work as a voice teacher, she has begun composing for her much-anticipated second full-length album, due out July 2012. Empathie is merely a teaser of things to come.