Born in Mexico City, the deep and captivating performer, Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and the most active vocalist of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene.
Immensely popular throughout Mexico and Latin America, a dazzling accomplished singer-songwriter known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting, inflected with soulful Latin-Andalusian phrasings, Magos Herrera owns a unique signature that elegantly blends her classic jazz styling with Latin-American melodies. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, her repertoire is filled with the yearning romance, intimacy and enchantment of Mexican and Cuban sones and boleros, and sultry, languid Brazilian beats.
Her career started in Italy in 1988 where she decided to become professionally involved with music, and then graduated from the “Musicians Institute” in Los Angeles, Cal. For over 12 years Magos has performed in International Performing Arts Centers and Festivals such as Montreal International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard in New York, Millennium Park in Chicago, NYC, Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico, Lunario del Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and Sala Galileo Galilei in Madrid, among many others.
Magos has been nominated twice for ”Lunas del Auditorio Nacional” (2006-2009) in Mexico as “the best Jazz concert of the year” among Bobby Mcferrin and Bill Frisell. Over the past 4 years, through her pro-active love for music, she produced and hosted 2 TV shows that promoted music for Mexico’s TV channel 22, and featured guest stars like, Jerry Gonzalez, Diego el Cigala, Francisco Cespedes, among many others,(TV shows demo available at http://myspace.com/magosherrera )
She has 5 CD recordings including “ Cajuina”, “Orquideas Susurrantes,” “Pais Maravilla”, “Todo Puede Inspirar”, ” Soliluna” and 2 international compilations for Brazil and Japan and is part of the acclaimed “Mexican Divas” cd series.
Based in New York since fall 2007, Magos Herrera promptly became part of the local scene since her successful concert at New York Winter Jazz Festival in 2008. Has recorded with saxophonist Tim Ries for “The Rolling Stones World Project II” and for Via Project (for contemporary composer Paola Prestini). In spring 2009 released her sixth CD production ” Distancia”/ Sunnyside records which became the #1 Itunes in Jazz category.
“…The Mexican-born Herrera sings in Spanish, English and Portuguese. But really, what she does on Distancia 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.”
- Tom Moon for NPR radio, June 2009
“…Herrera creates a thoroughly modern expression of jazz performance and Latin culture on Distancia, easily holding the weight of an intelligent and complex sound with her prodigious musicianship.”
- Chip Boaz for The Latin Jazz Corner (Album of the Week), June 2009
“…Though jazz long ago embraced Afro-Cuban influences that ought to make Mexico a logical bastion of the music, there are few well-known players from Mexico. But here is a brilliant singer, Magos Herrera, with a US debut on Sunnyside Records, recording with a top-flight band (Aaron Goldberg’s piano, Lionel Louke on guitar, among others) and making Mexican jazz sound as obvious as chocolate ice cream.”
Will Layman for Popmatters, June 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars: Magos Herrera’s Lovely, Intriguing Jazz Vocal Artistry. “Magos Herrera is a fascinating, multi-talented singer and this is one of 2009‘s best vocal performances. My Highest Recommendation. Five INTERNATIONAL Stars!”
RBS Prod, May 2009
“…Magos music is limitless and speaks straight to one’s emotional self. Her music is really bringing such a fresh and powerful coloration to the palette we call Jazz”.
Dan Purcea, from Audience at Montreal Jazz Festival, June 2009