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Gaia has been playing instruments for 48 years and
writing music for over 43 years. In 2010 she was
nominated for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. For the
past many years working in studio environments and living
in the Southern tier of Western New York, Gaia is finally
re-entering the live performance arena with her own
original music after having performed many years ago
doing cover music in the Western New York area. She has
composed over 150 songs that are uniquely her own style.
Her song material delves into the inner sanctum of human
emotions and struggles, some happy, some sad but all are
riveting. Both rhythmic and inventive her guitar playing
is virtuosic. Coupled with a hauntingly beautiful and
powerful vocal style the combination is mesmerizing. Gaia's
songbook is full of surprises culminating in over 150
well crafted songs.
Listeners have likened her voice/vocal to the fabulous
Nico from the Velvet Underground of many years ago. Gaia
also works with Tammy Shannon (original songwriter/singer),
Alison Voight (percussionist) and Rebecca Yacobucci (lyricist/vocalist)
on occasion. When working together they give full body to
many of the pieces and have been described as Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young spirited. Gaia worked for 32 years
with Greg Switala a remarkable lead guitarist who
recently passed 10/12/08. Greg's memorial website is
located at http://www.gregswitala.com where pictures and sound clips can be
seen and heard.
Associated Content Entertainment Section
Gaia Miranda "All in Time" CD Review 02/16/2011 by Joseph Militello
"All in Time is a Melancholy Musical Masterpiece"
1st track "All
In Time" has a really great intro, I enjoy listening
skillfully fingerpicked acoustic guitar intro, the song
has a nice,
flowing, melancholy feel to it, it reminds me of a
Fleetwood Mac type of song
but it still has a unique sound and feel all it's own.
All In Time" contains some very well played lead
guitar playing provided by
Pat Travers. Pat Travers has been entertaining audiences
and releasing top
quality Rock n Roll music since the 70's. "All In
Time" is a great opening track.
"Heart of Mine" highlights the unique vocal
stylings and talented, excellent,
acoustic guitar playing of Gaia Miranda. Her voice is
reminiscent of K.D. Lang
and Tracy Chapman at times. This track has the classic
sound and feel of a song
you may have heard on FM radio, or maybe even AM radio,
in the 70's.
Think "Soft Rock" in a James Taylor type vein.
The 3rd track "Keep on Runnin" is an uptempo
Rock n Roll song
with a unique and somewhat mesmerizing electric guitar
intro which doesnt
last very long before the song bursts into a full-out
Rockin' tune, this song
features some excellent lead guitar playing by Eron
"You Know it's Spring" is another nice,
melancholy, mellow song that features
Gaia's unique and soaring vocal phrasing accompanied by
another, well executed
and well played acoustic guitar track.
The 5th song, "The Lone Zone" is another
uptempo rocker that features
some powerful drumming by Sean Shannon and more excellent
lead guitar by
Eron Chambers. The guitar pick scratches sound cool on
this rockin' track.
"The Sun is High" is reminiscent of "Heart
of Mine" and "You Know It's Spring"
featuring a solo Gaia on acoustic guitar and vocals.
The final track, "Sweetest Part of Heaven (RoughCut)"
strikes me as a
Christmas ballad for a former or lost love or maybe a
tribute to a lost family member,
either way it's a great closing track featuring Gaia on
electric guitar and vocals.
You can more find info on Gaia on YouTube, MySpace and
"All In Time" is a winner, pick up your copy
online on Gaia's website
or directly @ Buffalo NY's Record Theater today!
Thank You Gaia!
- Joseph Miltello
From the Buffalo News Gusto "TELL ME" 01/01/2010 by Mary Kunz
(Photo Credit) Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News
Gaia Miranda hosts open mic Wednesdays at the CPG.
A little Q & A
Updated: January 01, 2010, 6:26 am / 0 comments
Published: January 01, 2010, 12:30 am
MIRANDAS open mic is becoming a weekly tradition at
the Central Park Grill (2915 Main St.), the historic
North Buffalo tavern. Gaia, as her license plate reads,
was born in Lackawanna and grew up in Eden. She has a
quietly commanding presence. On a typical night, she will
sing her own songs, solo, and then invite other musicians
to the bandstand. Gaias open mic begins at 9:30 p.
m. Wednesdays at the CPG. She will be holding a rare
matinee session there from 2 to 5 p. m. on Jan. 9. Go for
the bars famous wings or beef on weck or just
have a beer and listen to Gaias music, which has
been called haunting and intense. Call 836-9466.
You started playing the CPG in 2004.What do you like
Its a real great place, people-wise. That brick
wall behind the stage, thats a great sound-reflection-type
thing. The way the back room is closed off from the rest
of the bar, you can get that quiet setting sometimes. I
appreciate that. I love playing other places, too. I
loved playing the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts.
When Ive played at Nietzsches, when fewer
people are there, Ive liked that, too.
I dont like it when things get loud. For my music,
if Im trying to take a song, which is melancholy in
some cases, and try to shout and be louder, get it over
the roar of the crowd thats what people go to
bars for, to meet their friends and talkit
sometimes occurs to me that Im in their way.
Because Im not ZZ Top. Im not a rock
n roll band. Im a single artist. To
appreciate what Im doing, you have to have that
Tell us about your musical background.
I have a real deep appreciation of classical music. I was
basically a very sickly childI spent a month in the
hospital at a time. I had respiratory issues, a collapsed
lung. I was up in the [Our Lady of Victory] way back when,
and I said I wanted a guitar for Christmas. I was in the
hospital at the time, and my mother brought a Mickey
Mouse guitar to me. I said, I see that on TV.
Its a toy. At the time I was 5. At 6 I
started guitar lessons. My mother rented me a guitar.
People have called your music haunting and they also
liken you to Nico from the Velvet Underground.Did you
intend it that way?
The majority of my songs are a sad theme. I have no idea
why. Im most passionate about the sadder songs.
Because of that, Im a niche player. You
wouldnt want to invite me to your birthday party to
play mu-sic. I do like the reverb when Im singing,
sometimes I cut the voice short or slur the note up or
down. I do get long-standing notes that people have said
I have a very powerful voice. People at the CPG ask me to
learn some songs from Velvet Underground that Nico sang,
that they heard, All Tomorrows Parties.
Id actually sing that with a German dialect to it.
You must have some ad-ventures at open mic.
Youd be surprised. Once this guy walks in, signs up,
we get him up there, he turns out to be the past guitar
player for the Four Tops. He was absolutely fantastic.
You never know whos going to show up. Some nights
its slow. But when its slow I get to play
\I get kind of enjoyment from watching people come in who
are shy I try to give them positive criticism,
because theyre not used to playing in front of
people. After a year of them coming around, you watch
them blossom into a performer. Dalis Ghost
when they first came into the bar they werent using
that name, every week it would be a different name. Now
theyve played in the Square, gotten really big gigs.
But they got started here.
Whats it like on a night when everything goes right?
If you can really close your eyes and feel the music,
feel the emotion coming from itall music has
emotion, whether its joy or sadness, if its
whimsical, whatever. If you can feel that when
youre doing it, youre able to be more
expressive in the correct ways so balance is right where
you need it to be if youre in tune, that
balance is there, you can go forward with that.
Mary Kunz Goldman
From the 2005 Buffalo News Gusto article
on the Central Park Grill:
"An open mic, led by a
guitarist named Gaia, happens Wednesday nights. Tall,
slim and no-nonsense, wearing a stiff red leather jacket,
Gaia ran a tight ship the night I stopped in. Gaia plays
first; you have to get there around 9:30 p.m. to catch
her act. One of my friends has, and he confesses he's
awed. She sounds as if she's channeling something, as if
someone is speaking through her, he says." MKG
Written by an
anonymous writer/listenercritic at Nietzsche's while
performing on 3/14/05 Songwriter Spotlight
The crowd is small. The music
is live. I write. I drink. Her lyrics are muted, but her
voice haunts. My mind quiets, it is moved. My pen stops.
I listen. Her guitar work is subtle, darkness edges her
voice, a voice that calls the clouds, she rolls them in.
They begin to rain. Each drop increasing, they are
growing steady, increasing. The rain washes away the ink
from my pages. Her rain is cleansing the souls at the bar,
they are watching her performing. Her voice is freeing
them, washing the filth from them. They leave, the dirt
will return and so will they, to watch her play, for her
to call the rain. Her fingers glide down the neck of the
guitar, her voice deepens into each note. Stillness fills
the bar, the stools are turned around. Watching the once
young hands moving with ageless beauty and experience.
The sky yields. The water comes. The few fans are dancing,
splashing, they are refreshed. She is sweating. She is
nervous. She feels the weight of her duty. The inductions
are slow and shy. Her fingers remain at ease. She steps
away from the microphone, it can not handle the emotion
she is emitting. The crowd deepens. More people walk into
the misting shower. She is calling the rain for them.
They await the cleansing storm.
Receiving her first guitar at
the age of 6 on Christmas, weekly lessons soon started.
At age 8 she was prompted to do the Uncle Jerry's show on
WBEN-TV, performing the "Singing Nun" with
piano accompaniment. By the age of 10, Carl Bessing her
teacher, decided to start her on the Carcassi Classical
Guitar method, (she later went on to study the spanish
At age 11, Gaia studied the
Bb Coronet for one year with Robert Kromer, who was a 1st
seat Navy Band member at the time. She would later
acquire a Bb flute as well, trying to learn it on her own.
At age 12 Gaia was introduced
to the Cello by a Buffalo Philharmonic violin performer,
James Diehl, who was teaching all stringed instruments in
his top rated program at her high school. She went on to
be 3rd seat cellist in All-state orchestra for several
years, performing the highest grade compositions for her
audition, "The Swan" by Charles Camille Saint-SaŽns,
"The Roman Carnival" by Hector Berlioz, and the
"William Tell Overture" by Gioacchino Rossini.
Gaia also studied drumming at
age 12 with a local marching group, she went on to be the
lead drummer attaining a 1st place trophy for her
performance and ability. 12 was also the age at which she
wrote her first music compositions both for piano and
guitar. These came to her while she was a participant in
a band called "The Flag" which primarily did
Beatle's material and a few Rolling Stones songs.
By age 14 Gaia studied Music
Theory classes I, II and III and by her fourth year of
high school studying Music Composition (Fredonia Prep)
taught by Gertrude Gangi, attaining an average high
enough that she was exempted from the Regents exam at the
end of that class year. After school she and several of
her classmates/friends had formed a group that was
experimenting with the original music that she had been
After graduation Gaia was
approached by a percussionist Alison Voight, who she
quickly became friends with and then became a member of a
cover band named Salsa where she played keys on the
Fender Rhodes Suitcase Piano. (Gaia later reunites with
Alison in 2005 upon her return from California)
Gaia then grouped together
with 3 other area musicians; Greg Switala (guitar), Jim
Druzbik (keys), Rick Dranger (Drums) which became known
as the Raw Fax Band and performed her original music for
local private parties.
Then obtaining full
employment in the area, Gaia dropped out of the local
music scene, only recording personal reference Tapes/CD's,
with Greg Switala (guitar), Dan Mills (bass) and Lon
Folts (drums). The group played for a few private parties
and mostly experimented with a blend of music styles in
original works until the fall of 1990. Gaia didn't return
again to live performance until December of 2004.
In 2005 Gaia starts hosting
the Open Mic at the Central
Park Grill until February of 2006 (started
again in 2008 until February 2011), while booking gigs in
the Buffalo area. After having retired in 2006 from the
"Day Job", Gaia started practicing solo pieces
once again for the Cello on her own and studied Classical
Piano pieces with instructor Jazz
Pianist Joe Brancato for a time. She
also starts writing new material and building MIDI
supported performances as well.
In 2009 and 2010 Gaia appears
on Spy Guys TV show
several times on local access channel 20 in the Buffalo
Area. Rick Rhodes and Norm Skulski
host the show which supports and shares local talent with
people in the Buffalo area. Norm Skulski invites Gaia to
his Sunday WXRL Radio Show on 1300AM
"Polish Blood" for interviews
and reviews of her songs both on CD and live on the air.
Also this is the time when Gaia is invited to perform at
the Elmwood Festival of the Arts
in 2009 on the Wilson Farms Stage and was reinvited for a
return performance there in 2010.
The CD "All
In Time" recorded in 2010 was a dream come true,
with additions from the legendary Pat
on the title track lead guitar, Sean "Cannon"
Shannon on percussion throughout the entire work and Eron
on lead guitar for two of the hot rockabilly pieces.
Friend and long time supporting musician Tammy
mostly arranged the entire trip with her brother Sean in
Apopka Florida at his RED
is recording in her home studio and has a few pieces
finished toward another CD release for later this year in
2011. So far work on the pieces "Endless Sea",
"Touch Me" and "Oblivion" has gone
well, these being tunes that were written more recently
and well recieved by listeners at local shows.
Picture of the home studio. Gear
pictured was simplified/downsized and integrated with a
PC and a family of the Korg keyboards and sound modules.
on the image for the larger view
Using Cakewalk software so that the
material can be reproduced on sound modules during live
performance, recording or when playing the guitar and
singing live, while using a Korg W0/1 Keyboard for live
The rack setup diagram is at
on the image for the larger view
(past and present)
∑ 1963 3/4 size Melody Maker
by Gibson Guitar
∑ 1968 ES335-TD 12 (diamondback) by Gibson Guitar
∑ 1971 ES-335 Custom Dot by Gibson Guitar
∑ 1980's Hagstrom Fretless Bass
∑ 1981 Flying V2 by Gibson Guitar
∑ 1990's SG double neck (6& 12 string) by Gibson
∑ 1997 Breedlove Master Class Ed Gerhard Signature
∑ 1997 Blues King Electro by Gibson Guitar
∑ 70's Neck through the body (butcher block) 12-string
∑ 80's Ovation Model 1814 (6 string acoustic/electric
∑ 80's Ovation Model 1815 (12 string acoustic/electric
∑ 2005 J-185 EC Custom Shop by Gibson Guitar (#109 of
∑ 2005 CL-50 Custom Supreme by Gibson Guitar
∑ 2008 SG Diablo in Red Metallic by Gibson Guitar (#555
∑ 2009 SJ-200 EC by Gibson Guitar
∑ Silverburst Les Paul Custom 12-String by Gibson Guitar
∑ 90's Ovation Pinnacle
∑ 2006 Johnson Jazz Electric
∑ Pre-Fender JM5 Tacoma made in USA
∑ Fender Rhodes 73 Suitcase Piano
∑ Korg DW-8000 Polyphonic Synth
∑ Korg M1
∑ Korg W 0/1
∑ Korg M1R
∑ Korg M1R
∑ Korg 0/1R
∑ Korg M3R
∑ Yamaha YPG-635 Electric Grand Piano
(past and present)
∑ Marshall AS80R Acoustic
∑ Marshall AS100D Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
∑ Roland JC-120 Stereo Chorus Amplifier
∑ Eurorack MX32
∑ Stereo DBX Compressors
∑ Stereo DBX Noise Reduction
∑ RODE NDK Condenser Microphone
∑ Shure SM-57 (4)
∑ Peavey Adverb Processor (St\ereo)
∑ Ibanez Hamonizer
∑ Ibanez Digital Delay
∑ Digitech TSR-24 Processor (Stereo)
∑ Mackie 800M Power amp
∑ 15" Peavey Floor Monitors w/horns
∑ 15" JBL Loudspeakers w/horns
∑ Red Room Audio - Apopka Fl.
∑ Select Sound - Elmwood Av. Kenmore, NY http://www.selectsound.com/5543.html
∑ Squire Recording - Clinton St. Buffalo, NY
∑ Creative Sound - Rt. 62 North Collins, NY / Memorial