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Magos Herrera

MAGOS HERRERA 2017 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.

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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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Credentials/Background

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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Discography

He For She

He For She

Sony Music
2015

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Dawn

Dawn

Okeh
2014

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Mexico Azul

Mexico Azul

Sunnyside Records
2012

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Distancia

Distancia

Sunnyside Records
2009

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Pais Maravilla

Pais Maravilla

Opcion Sonica
2004

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Orquideas Susurrantes

Orquideas Susurrantes

Opcion Sonica
2001

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