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Magos Herrera

MAGOS HERRERA Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York City, Magos Herrera is a dazzling jazz singer- songwriter, producer, and educator. Declared as “One of the greatest contemporary interpreters of song” by The Latin Jazz Network Magos is regarded as one of the 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 Ibero-American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries. “She gets way under the skin of the song, recalling great communicators like Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday” is how NPR describes Herrera’s talents who has recorded 9 albums including joint collaborations with producer Javier Limón in addition to having participated as a guest artist of several recordings and albums. An accomplished artist, Magos has performed in leading international cultural venues such as Lincoln Center in NYC, Kennedy Center in DC, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Union Chapel in London, Duc des Lombardes in Paris, Kamani Auditorium in Delhi, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, and has been part of the line-up of some of the most memorable jazz festivals around the world including Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internacional Cervantino, to mention a few. Throughout her career, Magos has garnered important awards and recognitions, including a Grammy short-list nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for her album Distancia (2009), and is the only female artist to have received the Berklee College of Music’s Master of Latin Music Award. She is well known for championing women’s causes, served as spokesperson for UN Women, and has contributed to important campaigns including UNITE to end violence against women and He For She, as a promoter of gender equality. She serves as an artistic advisor of the “National Sawdust”, one of Brooklyn’s most innovative venues, and as a frequent collaborator for radio and TV Magos produces and hosts a weekly radio program from New York for Mexico’s Public Radio. In 2018 Magos released her album Dreamers (Sony Music) in collaboration Brooklyn Rider .”Dreamers is not only a work of art, setting musicians of the highest order to accomplished music with purpose, but it is a work of love as well” wrote Sounds and colors on this highly acclaimed album that rapidly got into #1 Amazon, #2 iTunes and got into the Top lists of The New York Times, Billboard classical, NPR Music, NPR Alt Latino, PRI The world, among others and was nominated for the international Grammys for Best arrangement with the song “Niña”. This recording includes gems of the Ibero- American songbook reimagined by a superb group of arrangers including Jaques Morelenbaum, Gonzalo Grau, Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen. In the same year Magos received the Omecíhuatl Medal, an award granted by the Women's Institute of the government of Mexico City in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the empowerment of women through the arts and culture and has been included as one of the most creative Mexicans in the world by Forbes Mexico. Herrera is a 2020 recipient of Chamber Music Americas New Jazz Works Award and currently she serves as a Cultural Diplomatic Advisor for the Mexican Government. Created and recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and in collaboration with composer Paola Prestini, in December 2020 Herrera released her tenth album “Con Alma” An operatic tableau on isolation (National Sawdust Tracks), exploring the question of how we can find communion a in a time

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…”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”

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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, Kuala Lumpur Music Academy, Hong Kong University, Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City, JazzUV in Xalapa, Mahidol University and KPN Music Academy in Bangkok, 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.

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Dot Time Records
2021

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Con Alma: Magos...

national Sawdust tracks
2020

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Dreamers: Magos...

Sony Music
2018

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He For She

Sony Music
2015

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Dawn

Okeh
2014

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Mexico Azul

Sunnyside Records
2012

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