Gemma Abrié began to discover her voice at the end of the 90s, encouraged by her high school friend Alba Bayarri, in the Pentagrama Congrés Musical School of Barcelona, hand in hand with Núria Tomás.
Barcelona’s Josep Pla High School at the end of the 90s was the spawning ground for the first musical projects of Gemma Abrié, encouraged by colleagues from other years. She began to sing in bands like Ivanow Jazz Group, guided by Toni Gili (Catalan Big Band La Locomotora Negra), and ShantyTown.
For years, Gemma Abrié's leraning sources were private singing lessons, the hours and hours she spent hooked to radio cassettes, vinil and CD players, listening to all kinds of musical genres and transcribing lyrics, and her experience on the stage.
“When I finished high school, I started to study Humanities, because I still was scared to think about music as a job." But it didn’t take so long to realize that I had to jump into the void. I wanted to sing”.
For over 10 years, Gemma Abrié has teamed up with Ivanow Jazz Group (2000 - 2011), ShantyTown (2000 - 2004), Gospel Train (2003 - 2010), Emmanuel Djob and The Black & White Xperience, with whom he discovered black music.
"She’s so brave (…). She’s very versatile and has a lot of future."
Pere Pons, journalist specialized in jazz, about Gemma Abrié.
During her 4th year of the Degree in Music at the ESMUC, in 2010 Gemma Abrié felt the need to know other territories in order to, paradoxically, rediscover her origins. The stay in Paris with an Erasmus scholarship guided her on a path to her musical identity. He took part in concerts and festivals from the French lands. It was then when he began to practice self-taught with the double bass that, by chance, she bought from an Esmuc mate.
After her stay in France, Gemma Abrié opens a period where she self-defines her identity as musician after more than 10 years singing the great standards in the Spanish and European jazz temples. In this search for her own musical identity, she decides to give more prominence to her native language, Catalan, and Spanish, less explored in her career, and create her personal repertoire with some of her own compositions.
Gemma Abrié is in a very fertile stage of her career, where she combines different musical projects, with special relevance of her first work with her own music, Amalgama, with Munir Hossn. Other projects with much of Gemma Abrié are her duo of voices and double basses with Miquel Àngel Cordero, her trio WoM and Wondering... Parallelly she regularly collaborates with jazz and swing orchestras such as the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra or the Dream Big Band by Vicens Martín. This way, she combines styles such as modern jazz, soul, pop and the Mediterranean song, thus demonstrating that there is no border that she can not cross with her voice.