This work is a soulful retrospective of her journey as a musician and immigrant from Juarez, Mexico to San Francisco. The album was recorded at Hyde Street studios with several collaborators including Magik*Magik orchestra (Death Cab For Cutie, Zola Jesus). Gameros' music has been likened to Feist, Andrew Bird, and Joanna Newsom.
Gameros grew up with music in the house, singing traditional Mexican folk songs alongside her mother at family gatherings. These experiences infused her songwriting which speaks directly to the heart, sometimes joyfully in songs like "Para Papá" and other times wistfully as in the more plaintive "¿Cómo Hacer?" More than anything Eterno Retorno is the story of a songbird in a golden cage. Gameros lives in paradise but cannot forget where she came from. Through this album, she expresses this longing with an artistic maturity well earned from a journey through four years of music school and the grueling process of achieving United States citizenship.
released November 24, 2013
Ara Anderson: Trumpet on 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10.
Minna Choi: Orchestral arrangement and direction of Magik*Magik ensemble on 6 (Violins: Matthew Szemela, Stephanie Bibbo, Hrabba Atladottir. Violas: Evan Buttemer, Ivo Bokulić. Cello: Lucas Chen).
Thomas Edler: Upright Bass on 2, 4, 7, 8, 9 Electric bass on 6.
Aaron Kierbel: Drums on 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 Toys, typewriter on 8.
Andrew Maguire: Vibraphone on 2, 4, 5, 9 Drums, toys on 10 Field percussion, tambourine on 7.
Tim Marcus (Milkman): Electric guitar on 6.
Lux Pescovitz: Vocals on 10.
Rob Reich: Accordion on 8.
Rob Shelton: Rhodes on 3, 9, 11.
Zachariah Spellman: Tuba on 10.
Patrick Wolff: Clarinet on 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 Saxophone on 9 Horn/wind arrangements on 2, 3, 7, 9 Coins on 7.
Second Grade students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School in SF, CA: vocals on 10. Under the supervision of Mehgan Sierra: Jailynn, Guillermo, Makai, Daileyah, Erik A., Cecilia, Scarlett, Georgina, Blanca, Shirley, Diego, Erik G., Christopher, Giovanni, Edwin, Jaime, Erick V. This collaboration was made possible with the help of Violeta García, the Jamestown Community Center, Saul Anaya and Efraín Barrera.
David Delp, Nancie S. Martin, Raul Vargas, Ann Torres, Pedro Hernandez, Brian Fox, Thomas Edler, Jen Kulbeck, Hanna Quevedo, Nancy Chárraga, Kim Smith, Diana Velazquez, Victor Lin, Claudio Nalerio: vocals on 7.
Vocals, acoustic guitar and piano by Diana Gameros.
All music and lyrics by Diana Gameros except track 1, sound of the Chihuahua-Pacifico train, traditional music written and played by tarahumaras and tarahumara man speaking and track 8, lyrics taken from the poem “Montagne” by Claude de Burine.
Recorded and mixed by Scott McDowell (fadersolo.com
) at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA. Produced by Diana Gameros and Scott McDowell. Mastered by John Greenham at Infrasonic Mastering Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Artwork by Max-o-Matic.
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