"When you have been described as “a German-born, Parisian chanteuse, with Brazilian stylings, who is a cross between Ute Lemper, Mireille Mathieu and Tania Maria,” it’s hard to live inside any musical box."
~ Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower, RobertaOnTheArts.com
Gabriele Tranchina is musically at home in many styles. With a strong background in Jazz, she moves between Jazz, Latin and World Fusion, making her a perfect crossover artist.
Gabriele has her roots in Germany, where she was born, but her love for other cultures inspired her extended travels throughout Europe and Asia. These experiences bring a unique sensibility to her work, matching her one-of-a-kind voice. Settling in New York, Ms. Tranchina took advantage of its multi-cultural environment, giving her further inspiration for her work as an artist.
At the age 16, Gabriele was introduced to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea’s RETURN TO FOREVER, with singer Flora Purim, as well as Ella Fitzgerald.
As a performer, she still draws from those influences. In artists like Flora Purim, Ella Fitzgerald and Jobim, Gabriele found qualities that inhabit her very own: fearlessness, a connectedness to nature and beauty, joy, sophistication and exploration, backed by a solid technique.
She combines those many influences into her own brand of expression, expansively and freely, pouring her heart into each song, always with a clear point of view to communicate.
Gabriele’s ability to use rhythm, resting underneath her vocals, surges the music forward, keeping it alive in each moment. She is comfortable singing in German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, so a strong international influence is never far away.
Her vocals, which have been called “impressive,” “technically perfect,” and “just breathtaking,” caused jazz legend, Mark Murphy, to say “Gabriele sings like a bird and swings and swings until the cows come home.”
In recent years Gabriele's albums have covered jazz standards, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, new compositions, mostly by her husband, Joe Vincent Tranchina, and world music. They have been received with abundant praise and have further established her as a singer of the highest order, working with musicians who are as much respected by their peers as they are celebrated by the public.
“Gabriele’s warm and inviting personality shines throughout her latest recording "Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in your Eyes" (Rainchant Eclectic Records RER 1001, Oct 2017). One can sense her love of singing and of music, of life and of community, making the songs on this album truly special.”
The music on OF SAILING SHIPS AND STARS IN YOUR EYES, lets us discover a woman who is in full flower of her artistic gifts, in command of who she is as a singer, what she wants us to know about her music, and invites us to join her on a magical ride that will leave us changed in a very good way.
Gabriele sings as if we were with her at sea, bobbing up and down through all manner of life’s encounters, good or bad, plus or minus. She generously invites us to navigate her beautiful waters of sound and be gently rocked in the entire experience until we float into vocal heaven.
“Tranchina can swing with the audacity of Anita O’Day and echo the fragility of Astrud Gilberto in ballads.”
~ Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes