Angela Gabriel, marimba
After receiving her Master of Music degree in percussion performance from Texas Tech University in 1995, Angela Gabriel taught percussion at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and Angelo State and Howard Payne Universities in Texas. She performed with symphonies in Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, both as principal percussionist and soloist, and was a featured performer at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. She has appeared with musicians as varied as Zimbabwean legends Stella Chiweshe & Musikewa Chingodza, Tony Bennet, Tish Hinojosa, Kansas, Bobby McFerrin, Madi Sato, and the Gluey Brothers.
It was the thriving folk marimba community that brought Gabriel to New Mexico in 2002, and she is often seen teaching children's marimba bands and playing with many of the Zimbabwean-influenced marimba and mbira bands in Santa Fe. However it is the rich and diverse local classical music scene where she has become a regular performer as a percussionist with the Santa Fe and New Mexico Symphonies, Santa Fe New Music Ensemble, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Chora de Camera, and Desert Chorale, as well as being a featured soloist for the Santa Fe Community Orchestra's 2010-2011 season. In addition, she is the pianist for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in the heart of Santa Fe.
Gabriel has been a featured artist on several recordings through Texas Tech, and her music can also be heard on Bill Brown's independent sci-fi short, Roswell. Her latest project, the original global rock duo Hidden Whale, is with her husband, Jim Goulden. Featuring Gabriel as the drummer, back-up vocalist & co-writer/arranger, Hidden Whale made their debut on the main stage at the 2010 Taos Solar Music Festival. You can hear Hidden Whale at www.hiddenwhale.com.