Upcoming concerts...

New album/
out Sept, 22

January 2016

Upcoming concerts:

2019
 
Jan 6, 2019
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers
Global Fest, The Copacabana, NYC
 
Jan 16, 2019
Magos Herrera Quartet
Tucson Jazz Festival,  Fox Tucson Theatre
 
March 14, 2019
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers
National Sawdust, NY
 
March 19-21, 2019
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers
Arizona State University
https://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/brooklyn-rider-string-quartet-magos-herrera-dreamers
 
March 24, 2019
Jazz Vespers with Melissa Stylianou
Sain Peters Church, NYC
 
March 26, 2019
Guest in Lara Downes CD release, NYC
 
April 7, 2019
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/MTNMK
 

2018

Feb 1-4, 2018
Musical Bridges with Sister Cities Jazz Ensamble San Antonio, TX
 
April 8-12, 2018
Culture Summit, Abu Dabhi
 
April 20, 2018
Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Centro Cultural Universitario,  Mexico City
 
April 25, 2018
Jalisco Jazz Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
 
April 27  2018
Thalias Threatre at Symphony Space 8:00PM, New York
 
May 10, 2018
National Sawdust Gala, NYC
 
June-July  2018
Academic residence at Global Music Institute, India
 
July 17, 2018
Magos Herrera & Trio Afora
Kamani Auditorium, Delhi, India
 
August 5-13, 2018
Artistic Residency, Vana, Dehradun, India
 
August 14, 2018
EPN Masterclass , Bangkok, Thailand
 
Sept 8, 2018
Louis Amstrong House, Queens, NY, 2PM
 
Sept 27, 2018
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers CD release concert 
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
2 Sets 7:30 & 9:30PM
 
Sept 28, 2018
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers
Chapel Hill, NC Carolina Performing Arts
@Memorial Hall Chapel Hill, 8PM
https://www.unc.edu/event/brooklyn-rider-and-magos-herrera-dreamers/
 
Sept 29, 2018
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers
MA-Amherst College @Buckley Recital Hall, 8PM
 
Sept 30, 2018
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers
Mastercalss Amherst @Buckely recital Hall
 
Nov 17, 2018
Jazz Fest Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico
 
Nov 21, 2018
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers
Teatro de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, 8PM
 
 
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MAGOS HERRERA

... "The Mexican-born Herrera sings in Spanish, English and Portuguese. But really, what she does... transcends language. Blending elements from various traditions, she's stretching the very notion of jazz singing, pushing past the diva pleasantries into a sound that's bold, thrilling and effortlessly global". NPR Radio by Tom Moon


... There are very few Mexican artists that go into the jazz arena and we are fortunate to have Magos Herrera's music for that very reason. Her talent puts here up there with the best jazz singers. KRCW by Tom Schnabel


..."Herrera is without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico, and with México Azul she is establishing herself among the best singers in jazz". Jazztimes by Wilbert Sotre

Bio 2018

Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York City, Magos Herrera, is a dazzling jazz singer-songwriter, producer, and educator with a 20-year career. Magos is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Latin American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

Career Highlights

Magos started her work as an artist upon graduating in 1992 from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Following this, she continued her studies under Russian opera teacher Konstantin Jadan, perfecting her vocal technique, and later moved to Boston, for specialized instruction on contemporary improvisation.

While in Mexico City, Magos released five albums - Orquídeas Susurrantes (2000), País Maravilla (2002), Todo Puede Inspirar (2004), and Soliluna (2006), the latter recorded with Mexican singer Iraida Noriega. Magos was also part of the acclaimed compilation album series Mexican Divas (2001 and 2003).

In 2008, Magos Herrera moved to New York, to further her artistic ambitions. She promptly became part of the local scene after a highly successful performance at the New York Winter Jazz Festival. Since then, Magos has recorded and participated in multiple projects including the album Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II (2008) for saxophonist Tim Ries, The Music of Chick Corea with pianist Elio Villafranca and for contemporary composer Paola Prestini for VIA project, among others. She collaborated with former Kronos Quartet's cellist, Jeff Zeigler, in Lens Vivant, created and directed by Mexican visual artist Erika Harrsch, and later again with Harrsch, in the multimedia project, Dream Act.

In 2009 she released her album Distancia (Sunnyside Records) to wide critical acclaim. Co-produced by Tim Ries, featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg and guitarist Lionel Loueke, the album quickly became a top hit on the iTunes jazz category.

Awards and Recognitions

An accomplished artist, Magos Herrera has garnered important awards and recognitions. She was twice nominated in 2006 y 2009, for Lunas del Auditorio Awards, presented by Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional to the best live performances, for Best Jazz Concert of the Year, among the likes of jazz greats Bobby McFerrin and Bill Frisell.

Her album Distancia (2009), earned her a Grammy short-list nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

In 2010, music journalist Tom Moon, best known for his “search of musical experiences from all genres and every corner of the earth”, wrote about Magos Herrera in his famous blog titled, 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, addressing how improvised music was experiencing a significant resurgence at the time. He qualified Magos as the writer of “beautiful, achingly lyrical tunes that deserved to be played again and again, in many contexts.”

Leading Spanish language lifestyle women’s magazine, Siempre Mujer, featured Magos Herrera alongside Michelle Obama in 2011 as one of the Top 10 Women of the Year for her outstanding work as a musical ambassador for Mexican contemporary music.

In 2013, Mexico’s Canal 22 recognized her work on their Mexicanos Exitosos television series. In addition, from 2010-2013, she was a recipient of the Mexico National Grant Program for Performing Artists, presented by Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), for representing Mexican jazz internationally.

In a first award of its kind presented to a female artist, she received the Berklee College of Music’s Master of Latin Music Award in May 2015 for her contributions to developing and showcasing Latin American music, as well as her own, in a contemporary context around the world.

In October 2018 Magos received the "Omecihualt" medal, an award granted by the Goverment of Mexico City through the Women's Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the empowerment of women through the arts and culture.

Championing a Cause

In addition to being one of the finest Latin American jazz vocalists, Magos Herrera is well known for championing women’s causes. She currently serves as spokesperson for UN Women, and has taken an active role in the UNITE campaign to end violence against women and “He for She” to promote gender equality.

Recently, Magos Herrera was a participant in a Forbes Forum celebrating Mexico’s outstanding professional women, Foro Forbes 2016 de Mujeres Destacadas de México, along with 40 of the country’s leaders and decision makers.

Beyond the Stage: Magos Herrera’s Work for Radio, Television, Theatre and Academia

Magos Herrera’s proactive love for music drove her to produce and host two musical television programs for Mexico’s arts and culture television channel, Canal 22 – Acústico and Jazz desde el bajo centro where her guests included Ute Lemper, Jerry González, Diego el Cigala, Francisco Céspedes, Arturo O’Farrill, among others. In 2005 she was cast to be part of “Modelo para armar”, a play by Pablo Mandoki performed at Mexico City’s UNAM University Theater, Teatro Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.

Currently, in addition to her artistic tours around the world, she produces and hosts a weekly radio program from New York, titled La vuelta a la manzana for Mexico’s Public Radio, (IMER, Instituto Mexicano de la Radio), Horizonte Jazz 107.9 FM, where she shares her joy for music and chats with top artists of the international jazz-world scene the likes of Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sánchez, Peter Eldridge and Dory Caymmi, to mention a few.

Magos has also been a valued teacher since 2000, when she started teaching vocal technique and improvisation in music schools including Fermatta Music Academy and DIM Music School in Mexico City. Magos has been a guest professor for master classes and clinics at Berklee College in Boston, Berklee Latino in Colombia, Central College in Pella, Iowa, Miami Dade College, Kula Lumpur Music Academy, Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City, JazzUV in Xalapa, and held academic residencies in Swarnabhoomy Academy of Music in Tamil Nadu, India, the Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange Program in 2012, and more recently, the Langnau Jazz Camp in Switzerland.

Discography

Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider:Dreamers

These days, when even the term “dreamers” is disputed territory, celebrating beauty is a political act. That is the beating heart of Dreamers, the collaboration between Magos Herrera and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The recording, includes gems of the Ibero-American songbook as well as pieces written to texts by Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, and Federico García Lorca — all reimagined by a superb group of arrangers including Jaques Morelenbaum, Gonzalo Grau, Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

The connecting thread is that the poets and songwriters featured on Dreamers came from places that have endured brutal state violence. Consider Violeta Parra, from Chile; Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, from Brazil; Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón, from Argentina , García Lorca, Spain and poet, essayist and Nobel Prize winner, Octavio Paz.

Dreamers is a reminder that “beauty can come out of terrible situations. As Leonard Bernstein said, ’This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before’."

Musicians

Magos Herrera, voz

Johnny Gandelsman, violín

Colin Jacobsen, violín

Nicholas Cords, viola

Michael Nicolas, chelo

Miguel Poveda, artista invitado en La Aurora de Nueva York

Mathias Kunzli, Percusion

Gonzalo Grau, Percusion

Sol y La Conja, palmas flamencas

Edward Perez, contrabajo

 

Tracks

Niña- Poem by Octavio Paz - Music:Magos Herrera & Felipe Pérez Santiago

Balderrama- Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón, Jose Manual Castilla

Dreams- Poem excerpt from “El Cantaro Roto” by Octavio Paz – Music:Magos Herrera

De manha-Caetano Veloso Volver a los 17-Violeta Parra

Milonga gris-Carlos Aguirre

La Aurora de Nueva York- Poem by Federico García Lorca -Music Vicente Amigo Girol Eu vim da Bahia-Gilberto Gil

Coração Vagabundo -Caetano Veloso

Tu y yo-Poem excerpt from “Tú Y Yo.” by Rubén Dario-Music by Magos Herrera, Fabio Gouvea

La llorona-Public Domain

Luz de Luna-Alvaro Carrillo

Undiu-Joao Gilberto

 

Artistic director & executive producer

Magos Herrera

 

Production

Johnny Gandelsman

 

Release year

2018

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