SF Live Arts presents our Immigrant Voices series with
“You build a wall – we make a bridge. You ban an immigrant – we make a flower bouquet, a song and welcome all humans in.” –Diana Gameros
“Her voice haunted me.” Felix Contreras, NPR
Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, singer, guitarist and composer Diana Gameros creates authentic, inspiring music that reflects the 21st century experiences of an indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. Now living In the Bay Area, Diana has played with many local favorites, including the Oakland East Bay Symphony and has opened concerts for Bebel Gilberto, Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia and many others. She recently performed for four nights at the SF Jazz Festival and was featured in both SF Chronicle Datebook and KQED Arts’ “Women to Watch” articles. In 2013 Diana released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. The following year, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and her support to social justice movements. Part of tonight’s concert will celebrate Arrullo, (a new album of traditional Mexican songs that she arranged and directed) that pays homage to her heritage and homeland. Recorded at the renowned Women’s Audio Mission Studio, it received honorable mention from NPR’s Top Latin Albums Of the Year in 2017. As their review stated: “She combines deeply reflective songs about longing that speak to the immigrant experience, no matter where home is.” She will be accompanied by Patrick Wolff (tenor sax/clarinet). http://dianagameros.com/
Megan Keely was born and raised in the hills south of San Francisco, CA.
With three albums released and a fourth on the way, Megan’s body of work is simultaneously soothing and empowering.
Define American is the first single off Megan Keely’s forthcoming album, Bloom. With the launch of the music video, the song was picked up by Jose Antonio Vargas’s nation-wide non profit to help deepen conversations around immigration and cultural change.
She is breaking new ground with songs celebrating life and strength. Her songwriting first caught the attention of producer T Bone Burnett, who selected Megan’s song, Rules (co-written with her brother Brandon) for inclusion on The Hunger Games Soundtrack Companion Album. “Megan Keely is a stunning young woman with a voice that will break your heart and heal it all in one sitting.” – Annie Bacon –The Folk Opera For this performance, she will be accompanied by Steve Wyreman on guitar.