about diana

Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Diana Gameros is a singer, songwriter, and music instructor. Now living In the Bay Area, Diana has played with many local favorites, including the San Francisco Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, The Magik*Magik ensemble and has opened concerts for Bebel Gilberto, Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Natalia Lafourcade, Gaby Moreno and many others. In 2013 she released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. Diana received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation in 2014 for her work in music and social justice activism. Her songs and story have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and Weekend Edition, Public Radio International – The World and the PBS Newshour website. This year, Diana is releasing Arrullo, a new album of traditional Mexican songs that she arranged and directed to pay homage to her Mexican heritage.

Gameros creates authentic, inspiring music that reflects the 21st century experiences of aN indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. Whether teasing every ounce of expression from her acoustic guitar in an intimate cafe or bringing people to their feet in a club with her dynamic full band, Gameros transfixes listeners with her soaring vocals, impressive playing and captivating stage presence.

Gameros was born to a musical family where she was surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution. The first of her family to receive formal music lessons, Gameros left Mexico as a teenager to study piano and recording technology in Michigan. During those formative years, she soaked up the sounds of classical music, underground rock, the avant-garde, world music, and jazz, forever influencing her own deeply diverse style. Indeed, Gameros’ music has been likened in its subtlety, beauty, and nuance to Johanna Newsom, Caetano Veloso, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. One music journalist referred to Gameros as “the Latin Feist.” Indeed, her Latin American influences — including contemporary artists like Bebel Gilberto, Fabulosos Cadillacs and Cafe Tacvba — are woven into her musical DNA.

After just a few years in San Francisco, Gameros’ talent and versatility as a performer brought her a steady stream of high profile gigs at such notable venues as Herbst Theater, Brava Theater, Yoshi’s, The Independent, The New Parish, Fox Theater, The Paramount Theater, SFJAZZ Center, Freight and Salvage, JCCSF, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and dozens of other venues small and large.

In 2014 Gameros participated in the event  MEX I AM: live it to believe, a four day festival in the Bay Area showcasing some of the best Mexican performers from various genres and traditions, as well as presentations from some of the brightest and most influential Mexicans in their fields of expertise around the world. This four-day multi-disciplinary festival included the participation of artists such as Tambuco, Hector Infanzón, Natalia Lafourcade and Horacio Franco.

Even as she continues her musical journey, Gameros inspires her community as an activist promoting social justice and global awareness  through her support to organizations like ALIADI (Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes), Biosafety Alliance, Urban Sprouts, SF Living Wage Coalition, These Walls Speak, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and 16 Days of ARTivism.

Diana Gameros with the Magik*Magik Orchestra at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA.

Chicana Latina Foundation 2014

 

May 1st rally at San Francisco City Hall