Marta Gómez

Marta Gómez

BandWorldFolk

Marta Gómez is an artist who, while deepening her art, maintains her own strong identity. But it’s Marta’s unique voice, the quality and the simplicity that she draws from the bittersweet stories of the people of Latin America, that remains intact on “Musiquita” (2009).

Biography

Marta recorded her first album “Marta Gómez” in 2001 while she was studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the United States. There Marta made her mark with her artistic capacity to write unpretentious songs that connected with the simple beauty she found in her Latin American roots.

As Marta’s career grew so did her interest in the folklore of Colombia as well as that of other Latin American countries and Spain. The three albums that followed, “Solo es vivir”, “Cantos de agua dulce” and “Entre cada palabra” succeeded in establishing her career and positioned her music at the top of the World Music charts.

“Cantos de agua dulce” (2004) and “Entre cada palabra (2006) were recorded for Chesky Records in New York, a label that records all of its releases in a New York City church to capture the magic of live sound in the church’s natural acoustics.

The new release “Musiquita” was recorded in the Knoop Studios in New Jersey which gave Marta the luxury of unlimited time to hone the arrangements and to record with an impressive ensemble of 15 musicians including Colombian marimba player Diego Obregón, Cuban musicians Gema and Pavel, and singer and percussionist Mariana Baraj, among many others.

The album contains fourteen original compositions that embrace a host of diverse rhythms such as the Peruvian “el festejo”, the “carnavalito” of Bolivia and the Argentina “zamba”. The album also reveals a more mature side of Marta as she tackles deeper social themes as in the case of the song “Basilio”, dedicated to a child miner in Bolivia. Another song, “Rio”, rooted in the rhythm of Colombian cumbia, compares the course of a lifetime to a river’s current as it follows the riverbed. The song speaks to the pain of war, a pain shared by too many of the world’s citizens who live in conflict zones such as Colombia.

There are also songs such as “Tierra, tan solo”, inspired by the work of Spanish writer Federico Garcia Llorca and performed masterfully by Argentine guitarist Claudio Ragazzi. Another song inspired by folk music , “Si no cantara” , highlights the distinctive Aguabajo rhythm from the Pacific coast of Colombia with maestro Diego Obregón on marimba as the sole accompaniment to Marta’s voice.

The album title “Musiquita” elevates the affectionate use of diminutives that is so common in Latin American culture where they are an inseparable part of daily language. In the country villages of South America, diminutives don’t diminish the importance of the words, as one might believe. To the contrary, they celebrate them and make them more personal, more intimate. Marta has chosen to brand her own music with this communal intimacy by naming her new recording “Musiquita”.

“Musiquita is being released through the independent label Aluna Records. - 2009

Discography

-Musiquita (2009)
-Entre Cada Palabra (2006)
-Cantos de Agua Dulce (2004)
-Solo es Vivir (2003)
-Marta Gómez (2001)