Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

An eight-piece backing band, dressed almost entirely in white, helps Garzón-Montano bring the music of his latest album, Agüita, to life.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert. // NPR

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


If Gabriel Garzón-Montano's solo Tiny Desk back in 2017 was an exercise in restraint and vulnerability, his home set is the polar opposite. It beams ingenuity and unveils multiple layers, figuratively and literally. Taking advantage of of the rare opportunity to gather musicians in quarantine times, he says "It's like being a child who's allowed to do what they always wanted to do when they didn't wanna get up for school, and it's also felt like an adult who didn't know what to do at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon. I'm focusing on oscillating between those states with ease."

That sounds like the same approach he applied to his latest album, last year's genre-snubbing Agüita. In this performance he brought the full band, sporting all white from mask to toe and bringing to life all the sonics we hear on the record. Garzón-Montano morphs into three different characters from Agüita and stretches the boundaries even more, adding salsa flavor to "Muñeca" and delivering some bonus bars on the set opener, "With A Smile."

SET LIST

  • "With A Smile"
  • "Muñeca"
  • "Tombs"

MUSICIANS

  • Gabriel Garzón-Montano: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Lenny "The Ox": drums
  • Nicholas Semrad" Wurlitzer, synth
  • Justin "Jhawk" Hawkins: guitar, synth
  • Itai Shapira: bass, synth, guitar
  • Gracie Sprout: harp
  • Daniel Rodriguez: drums, percussion
  • KROMA Quartet: strings

CREDITS

  • Video: July Holdings, Tommy Nowels
  • Audio: Ed McEntee, Brittney Orinda, Josh Pleeter
  • Assistant Producers: Jackson Perry, Stephanie Hanson
  • Director of Photography: Andrew Fronczak
  • Production Designer: Greg Yaro
  • Special Thanks: Gold Diggers Sound, Andrekza, Jagjaguwar and Esteban Cortazar

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Maia Stern
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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