Gabriela Martina, a Swiss native, 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 a year at London's Vocaltech Music College, Gabriela started her professional studies in singing at the Jazzschool in Lucerne.
Gabriela moved to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. She has performed with Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, Angelique Kidjo and was part of a master class with 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 has worked with renowned teachers such as Donna McElroy, Lauren Newton, Bob Stoloff, Dennis Montgomery III, Mili Bermejo, Kudisan Kai-Regalot, Lisa Thorson and Armsted Christian.
Incredible songwriting, arranging and musicianship, smooth flowing vocals, passion, honesty, and soul. Gabriela Martina and company delivers all this and more on Curiosity, her first offering to a music world in waiting. Featuring the talented lineup of Alex Bailey on drums, Kyle Miles on bass, Jussi Reijonen on guitar, and pianist Jiri Nedoma, this May 2010 release is a powerful collection of Gabriela's thoughts on many aspects of the human experience.
On "Ain't Nobody", smoky, sultry vocals glide over a tight rhythm section in this soulful declaration of love and appreciation. Contemplative guitar chords join with playful vocals to draw us completely into "Like a Seed in the Earth", during the opening lines. Add to this, lush harmonies supported by the perfect percussion and piano accents, and you end up feeling all the colors of the emotional rainbow. Growth, love, joy, longing, despair, and ...curiosity.
The upbeat "Narcissus" reflects a journey of inner-strength, freedom and liberation. While "My Best Smile for You" comes across as more of a sassy, funky reassurance of friendship, love, and steadfastness. "Catch Me a Star", rounds out this musical experience with a passionate, tribal groove which are a perfect match to the warm, rich vocals of Ms. Gabriela Martina.