The influence of legends like Prince, Timbaland, Dilla, and Pete Rock infused with rigorous classical instruction and a French-Colombian heritage create the eclectic sound of award-winning R&B artist, Gabriel Garzón-Montano.
Garzón-Montano began his journey in Brooklyn, New York as a child of immigrant parents. He was heavily influenced by his mother, a member of the Philip Glass ensemble, and her admirable attention to detail and love of complex classical pieces. Music quickly morphed from a hobby to a crucial necessity for him. He explains that music comes naturally to him and that this artistic release relaxes his mind and body. He states that, “I can’t live without music. I become depressed when I don’t play or sing. Creating and listening to sounds I never knew I longed for is ecstasy.”
This obvious passion for music is evident in his creations. Garzón-Montano’s debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, launched him into the spotlight, touring with legends like Lenny Kravitz, Glass Animals and Mayer Hawthorne. After a few years of performing, Garzón-Montano once again settled in New York to record his next album, Jardín. Drums, bass, guitar, piano, and more collide with layers of his own distinct vocals to create a sound that both mystifies and comforts. “I wanted to make music that would remind people how beautiful life is and how delicate their hearts are,” says Garzón-Montano. “A garden is full of life, and growth, and beauty. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on.”
Since the release of Jardín, Garzón-Montano has continued to tour the world, appearing on NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” and “World Cafe,” headlining countless tours, and performing at festivals including Primavera Festival in Spain, and SummerStage in New York. He has also accumulated an impressive collection of awards including NPR’s 10 Best R&B Albums of 2017, #5 on KCRW’s albums of the year, as well as Remezcla’s Top 25 Videos from Latin Artists. Among his many accolades, Gabriel’s most memorable moment was discovering that his song, “6 8” would be sampled on Drake’s song, “Jungle.”
Garzón-Montano is on the road again, singing of the the trials and uncertainties of today’s America while evoking wonder and curiosity in his listeners. The show is at SoHo Music Club (1221 State St., #205, Santa Barbara) on September, 19. Please click here for more information.