Snow Owl

Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Born: July 1, 1977    

Snow Owl

Juan Garcia-Herreros, also known by his stage name “Snow Owl”, is a world- renowned electric bassist. With his special instrument, a six-string Contra Bass Guitar, he has performed with world famous stars - including several Grammy award winners and nominees ( Elton John, Al Jarreau, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Christina Aguilera ). For his own music, he has been honored with numerous prestigious awards. His work and virtuosity with the Contra Bass Guitar has been received with the highest recognition from international bass and music publications.


2006 Snow Owl received the Best Jazz Artist award by Jazz First, a cooperation between Jazzeit Magazine, Quinton Records and Erste Bank.

2006 Snow Owl Debut CD is selected as a Critic's Choice in Germany by the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

2008 Hans Koller Preis CD of the Year for Martin Reiter's "ALMA". The CD features Juan Garcia-Herreros on "Pra Frederic".

2009 He was selected as a Projekt xchange ambassador to represent Colombia and his integration as an artist in Austrian society. Projekt xchange focuses in bringing foreign and established public figures into Austrian classrooms to talk about their positive and negative experiences of integrating in a foreign country. The Austrian president Dr.Heinz Fischer personally thanked and congratulated him in the opening ceremonies which took place in Vienna's Hofburg palace.

2010 Art of Contrabass Guitar is selected winner of Best Traditional Latin Jazz album in America by O's Jazz Newsletter.

2011 Austrian World Music Prize recipient with Mamadou Diabate's Percussion Mania.

2013 Selected by Bass Musician Magazine as #6 in the all time best Latin Bass Cd's ever covered by the publication.

”Als “The young giant of bass” ist García-Herreros angekündigt worden, und man kann schon nach wenigen Minuten erkennen: Dies war keine Übertreibung” - Thomas Lochte (Kulturwelle 5)

”Juan Garcia-Herreros steht in der Tradition bedeutender Bassgitarristen” - Jörg Konrad (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

”From the very opening notes of Colombia native Juan García-Herreros’s sophomore effort—an improvised solo piece entitled “A Step Towards Vision”— you can tell you’re in for something special. The Art of Contrabass Guitar isn’t just an intended hat tip to Anthony Jackson; it’s a true “statement album” that shows how Berklee standout and current New Yorker García- Herreros (who sometimes goes by the moniker “Snow Owl”) has firmly landed as both a dead serious 6-string bassist and modern jazz composer” - Bryan Beller (Bass Player Magazine)

”I tend not to throw around the word “virtuoso” lightly, but Juan’s playing in every sense has in my opinion earned that status.” - Jake Kot (Bass Musician Magazine)

”If there exists an heir of Jaco Pastorius, Juan Garcia‐Herreros could be it” - Alfred Krondraf (Concerto Magazine)

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Primary Instrument:
Bass, electric

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.


Berklee College of Music
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Musikschule Klosterneuburg
Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
University of Music, Rijeka
University of Music and Arts, Minas Gerais - Brasil
EJMA, Lausanne

Clinic/Workshop Information:
An on hands and tactical approach to improvising and commanding your instrument.

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Signature Bass Model "Snow Owl" Designed with Andreas Neubauer
DNA Speakers 1x12, 1x15
Aguilar Tone Hammer 500, Eden WT-800
Multiple Effect Pedals

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