Come see Ani DiFranco with special guest Gabby Moreno tonight at The Ridgefield Playhouse

8pm (203) 438-5795   Tickets: $55 Orchestra/ $45 Mezzanine

Part of The Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series

Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – from installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in the renovated church that her label calls home to using organic inks on all the t- shirts she sells. But nothing she’s done in her 18- year career has garnered more attention than a business decision. Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early- `90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She’s been called “fiercely independent” (Rolling Stone), “inspirational” (All Music Guide), “the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter” (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani’s lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her “smart.” As important as Righteous Babe Records is to the singer/songwriter/guitarist, she’s more than happy to trust like-minded people with the business and revel in the complete artistic freedom it provides. On her new album, Red Letter Year, she takes more advantage of this freedom than ever before. Conceived, sculpted and refined over the course of two years – a lifetime compared to a typical Ani recording session – the album is an impeccably crafted, multi- layered sonic achievement. Says DiFranco about the album: “When I listen to my new record, I hear a very relaxed me, which I think has been absent in a lot of my recorded canon. Now I feel like I’m in a really good place. My partner Mike Napolitano co-produced this record – my guitar and voice have never sounded better, and that’s because of him. I’ve got this great band and crew.

Gaby Moreno – a soulful new songwriter, from Guatemala City, Guatemala. It was there Gaby first learned to speak English by playing and singing along with her favorites- BB King, Robert Johnson and Nina Simone. Gaby moved to Los Angeles, CA where she attended The Musician’s Institute and honed her craft. Her unique songwriting (she writes in English and Spanish) won her many new fans. Her effect on listeners can be best summed up by a reviewer from “Independent Artists Company” during her live performance – “Once in a while you come across a new artist who has not only amazing charisma, vocal abilities and raw talent, they have something more. They have “it.” You see them perform live and you just stop and sit down with your jaw hitting the floor.” Gaby Moreno has a big, melodic sound that appeals to the masses, and her Guatemalan roots will always endear her to her South American fans

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