I don’t need to repeat that Gabriela Montero is a wonderful musician with a creative power, imagination, and inner freedom that’s second to none. I’m sure most of you have experienced Gabriela in concert—hopefully, more than once. She manages to elicit color and emotion from any instrument she touches, embracing, engaging, and touching every listener in the most direct manner. She never leaves the listener feeling that what’s happening on stage is merely beautiful. Gabriela also has musical character, which she bestows upon us listeners. You can’t remain unaffected—she makes it impossible. Great music and only great musicians can do that.
Gabriela’s notes breathe, tremble, love, fly, cry, laugh, flatter, scratch. In other words, Gabriela’s notes live. Thelonious Monk, one of the twentieth century’s major composers and pianists, succinctly said: Wrong is right. I’ll go further and say: There are no wrong notes. There are also no right notes. There are only your own. When we understand this, we’ll free music from so many chains, regulations, language rules, preconceived ideas, and cages, which only serve to hold it captive rather than set it free.