You can watch the concert online for free on November 13 HERE.
Gabo Naas – vocals, guitar, charango; David Hagen – acoustic bass
Special guest: Marta Töpferová – vocals, guitar, cuatro
Gabo Naas was born in Patagonia, Argentina. His musical beginnings were with his father who plays guitar and encouraged Gabo to start singing and to learn traditional songs. Gabo studied in various musical conservatories in Córdoba, Argentina where he developed his unique talent as a multi-instrumentalist. The guitar, voice and saxophone are his main instruments, but he also plays the Bolivian charango, clarinet, violin, bass guitar and bombo drum. From 2005-2008 he lived in Buenos Aires, where he established himself on the music scene and composed for his Latin Jazz ensemble. For the last eleven years, Gabo has been based in Berlin, where he has led a Latin Jazz quartet, written music for films, and collaborated with a wide range of musicians, among them Cuban and African groups.
Most recently, Gabo has decided to focus on his vocal and guitar repertoire, which consists of original arrangements of traditional South American songs, namely Argentinean chacarera, zamba, chamamé, gato, vals, as well as Andean huayno and carnavalito, interpreting these styles in a modern way, without losing the essence of their folk roots. Gabo ́s profound knowledge of the folklore and traditional music of his native Argentina, coupled with his rich musical experience as a multi-instrumentalist, have given his vocal and guitar concept a mature and sophisticated sound. Gabo is currently recording his first solo album.
Marta Töpferová is one of the most unique singers of her generation. During her youth, she sang classical and folk music in choirs in the Czech Republic and the United States for eight years. After immigrating to the USA in 1987, she learned Spanish fluently and established herself as a distinctive artist and composer of Latin American music. The London Times described Marta as “one of the most graceful interpreters of Latin American folk music.” Marta’s deep voice, lyrical songs and unique accompaniment on the four-string cuatro and guitar have captivated listeners around the world. She established herself on the New York music scene and collaborates with the best Latin, jazz and classical musicians, and this experience is reflected in the unique stylistic mix of her own work. In 2012, Marta returned to the Czech Republic and began writing songs in her native language inspired by Moravian folklore and Slavic music for her new ensemble Milokraj. In addition to her own lyrics, Marta set poems to music by Věra Provazníková, Jan Zahradníček and others. To date, she has released nine albums of mostly original music: Tento svět (2017, Moravia Publishing), Reencuentros (2016, Senderos), Milokraj (2013, Animal Music), The Other Shore (2011, World Village), Trova (2009 , World Village), Flor nocturna (2006, World Village), La marea (2005, World Village), Sueño verde (2003, Circular Moves) and Homage to Homeland (2002, own production). Marta is internationally recognized as one of the leading world-music artists, and has toured Europe, the USA, Canada, Argentina and Thailand, appearing on prominant stages such as Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Blue Note in New York or Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg.