Symphony - Live Performance

The Val - Crazy World [Official Lyric Video]

Gabrielle De Val - Biography


Gabrielle comes from Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany), and moved to Madrid (Spain) when she was very young. When she was only 14, she made her first band, Gandalf, in which she had the opportunity to sing her own songs. Some years later, she formed the rock-band Yin-Yang with David Erick and Iñaqui de Miguel, and they won the second Prize in the X "Villa de Madrid", which is a very famous music competition in Spain. With Yin-Yang, she wrote and composed many songs, first in English and later in Spanish, which became quite popular among the usual rock-audience. She recorded her first single with the band, which had changed its name for D´Val after Alfonso Samos and his brother Angel Luis joined the group.

When D´Val split up, Gabrielle started a career on her own singing and playing her songs, sometimes with bands and sometimes collaborating with different Spanish music producers like Pablo Pinilla or Miguel Blasco, working with musicians like the Italian producer and bass-player Loris Ceroni or her friend, the Dutch singer Denise Stahlie among many others.

In 2000 she joined Fran Molina (guitarist) and Javier Nava (double bass-player) and begun singing jazz versions which were often adapted pop or rock songs and sometimes jazz standards. They recorded a bunch of jazz standards with the band together with Antonio Calero (drummer). More than 60 concerts were given, sometimes with the collaboration of jazz-masters like Vlady Bas (saxophonist), Pedro Esparza (flutist) or Santiago de la Muela (guitarist).

But at the beginning of 2010 she brought D´Val back to life with a new name, THE VAL, and they recorded their first LP, "Back", which was released in 2011 under Alfonso Samos's direction. Now she's writing new songs with the band and feels more energetic than ever before working for The Val's second album...


Alfonso Samos - Biografía


Alfonso Samos Luna nació en Madrid, y ya siendo muy joven comenzó a tocar la guitarra. Comenzó su carrera musical con la legendaria banda de rock duro Panzer, pasando después a formar parte de D´Val en los años 90. Desde entonces sus trabajos en composición son innumerables y su estilo, inconfundible. Tras la disolución de D´Val se introdujo en el mundo de la televisión, donde realizó numerosas colaboraciones como guitarrista. Su primer trabajo de gran envergadura fue la formación del grupo Ella Baila Sola, con el que realizó tareas de composición, producción y por supuesto tocaba la guitarra. Las giras desde entonces fueron constantes. Alfonso recorrió prácticamente todo el mundo tocando en directo, y los éxitos de ventas fueron increíbles.

A partir de ese momento, Samos ha trabajado con otros muchos artistas de primera línea como Luz Casal, Hevia, Fran Perea , Sergio Dalma, Jennifer Rush ,Cristina del Valle , Greta y los Garbo ,Tontxu , Chenoa, Antonio Carmona o Diana Navarro entre otros muchos, tanto tocando la guitarra como al mando de la producción artística y como compositor. Ha venido desarrollando durante años un gran trabajo en su propio estudio de grabación.

En 2010 vuelve a convertirse en pilar fundamental de The Val, que renace bajo su dirección. La banda retoma su actividad con el LP “Back”, que el mismo Alfonso ha producido.

Alfonso Samos - Biography


Alfonso Samos Luna was born in Madrid (Spain) and started playing the guitar when he was only seven. His career in music began when he was twelve, playing Rock in several bands. At sixteen he joined a legendary Spanish Heavy Rock-band called Panzer and in the 90´s he joined D´Val. From then on, his compositions have been numerous and his style, unique.

When D´Val broke up, he begun to work on Spanish television programs as well as in many productions for other artists as a session guitarist. But it was with Ella Baila Sola, a Spanish Pop-band in which he played the guitar, composed and produced, when he first had several great hits throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Alfonso went on several world-tours with some albums which gave the group great popularity and success.

From then on, Samos has worked with first line artists such as Luz Casal, Hevia, Fran Perea , Sergio Dalma, Jennifer Rush ,Cristina del Valle , Greta y los Garbo ,Tontxu , Chenoa, Antonio Carmona or Diana Navarro among many others, sometimes playing the guitar and sometimes in charge of the artistic production or composing songs. He has been doing a great and very professional job for years in his own recording studio.

In 2001, Samos was rewarded with a “Goya”, the Spanish version of the “Oscar” for the music of the film “El Bosque Animado”.

In 2010 the members of D´Val got in touch with each other and spontaneously joined up again, and now Alfonso is a fundamental pillar in the band, which has been reborn under his leadership. They have restarted their adventure with a new name, THE VAL and with the LP “Back”, which has been produced by Samos at his recording studio im Madrid. Now Alfonso is working on The Val’s second album…

Genesis of the Album

The Val is a Melodic Rock band formed in Madrid (Spain), in 2010. Gabrielle de Val, Alfonso Samos and David Erick had had a former band together, and after getting in touch again for a meal, they decided to go on with the Project they had begun years before. A bunch of songs sprung up very quickly and spontaneously, so they were able to begin recording "Back", immediately. The whole album has been composed by the three members and produced by Samos in his own recording studio. Gabrielle, who´s German, has written all the lyrics in English, because that´s the language in which the songs were conceived. The result is a powerful and inspiring recording, a synthesis of the beauty of the songs and the band´s masterly musical renditions. From the very beginning they knew that the title of this album had to be "Back", because they had met up again after being apart for years and there was a lot they had to share and tell in their songs looking back...and forwards too..

Alfonso Samos produced the album and Joe Gastwirt (Greatful Dead, Jimmi Hendrix, etc...) mastered it in his studio in California.
Next step was including more musicians in the band, as the album had been recorded by Gabrielle, Alfonso and David exclusively. They got in touch with Alex Morell (bassist), Rubén (drummer) and Isabel Cristóbal/Montse Ferrermoner (background vocals) and that´s how the band grew and was now ready to play live.
"Back" was officially presented in Madrid in December 2011 and was being sold in all Spanish main stores like Media Markt, Fnak, El Corte Inglés, February and in digital stores all over the world at the same time. The band released their official video, "The Age of the Sun" in August 2011 and had a great success with it, especially in Germany and in Spain. They were included in the main music televisions, radios and some magazines all over Germany and Spain and soon became nr. 1 in the Reverbnation list for Rock-Madrid and positioned among the first places in the general charts for Spain.

From then on, they have been playing live on the most popular and well-known venues in Madrid many times, like Top 40's venue, 40 Café, or one of the most important musical events, the Rock & Roll Marathon in Madrid, as well as in other cities like Barcelona, Girona, Seville or Salamanca, with very good criticism from the press and radio-tv presenters.

The band has also recorded one of the songs from the album (Hold On) in Spanish (No Digas Adiós) for a well known radio show (Mariskalrock) in Spain. The song is one of the bonus tracks in the vinyl special edition, as well as an acoustic version for their song "A Kiss In a Dragon Night"...

Later on they recorded the track "We can work it out" from the Beatles, that sounds fresh and natural because it was recorded live and unplugged...

The presence of The Val in the international press has finally derived into a tour that´s taken place in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2013, where the band has given 8 concerts in England and Wales. One of these concerts (The Railway, Bolton) has been reviewed by Rob Evans in the Classic Rock Magazine (AOR, 18th September 2013).

Together with German band "Subway", The Val are now releasing a new song and video, a duetto called "Break My Heart", with Francis Soto and Gabrielle leading the vocal works and Samos producing... The video has been shot between Cadiz (south of Spain) and Stuttgart (Germany).

In January 2013 the band released a Special Vinyl Edition for their album "Back", and they have been included in the last International Vinyl Record Fair of Madrid (21st/22nd September, 2013), where the band has successfully introduced the album to a new audience...vinyl consumers.

The Val are now writing songs for their next album and starting to work on the whole new project.



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