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Join Mexican Singing Sensation Magos Herrera for an Evening of Fabulous Jazz, World Fusion Style, at Scullers Jazz Club: September 14th, Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m.
Grammy nominated vocalist Magos Herrera is widely recognized as one of Mexico’s biggest contributions to the international jazz scene. As both a performer and composer, she managed to attract a huge fan base both in Mexico and Latin America at large with her strikingly progressive Latin jazz style. Upon relocation to NYC, Herrera continues to enjoy her popularity among US music fans as well. Communicating her songs to audiences in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, she successfully blends a variety of Latin-based stylistic elements into her compositions, among them: Brazilian rhythmic patterns, melodic motifs from various regions of Latin America, Mexican and Cuban dance features, and Andalusian influences. Add to all of this, a commanding stage performance fueled by the beauty and emotional appeal of Herrera’s voice, and you have an encaptivating performance of Latin jazz in a highly globalized form, masterfully crafted in such a way as to move the genre forward stylistically in truly innovative ways.
Magos Herreras became a rising star on the United States jazz scene with a stellar performance at the 2008 New York Winter Jazz Festival. Back home in her native Mexico, she won a national award for “Best Jazz Concert of the Year” and was also called upon to produce and appear in various musical programs for Mexican TV. Her performance career spans over 12 years and includes appearances at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center (NYC), and Lunario del Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. She has also participated in both the Montreal and Barcelona International Jazz Festivals. Of the 6 cds she has recorded so far, her 2009 release entitled Distancia is her biggest success, landing her a most coveted Grammy nomination and spiraling to a #1 spot on the iTunes charts. She has enjoyed the privilege of recording with some of NYC’s premier jazz artists in the making of her two latest releases. Her newest entitled Mexico Azul (2010) features reinterpretations of past hits from her native country’s “cinema golden era” and XEU radio. So if you’re looking for Latin jazz with a new twist, Herraras definitely has the goods for you.
When: September 14th, Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Scullers Jazz Club (Brighton)
Tickets: $20.00 (Reserved seating)
More Info: For general info OR to make reservations for Sculler’s dinner packages (617-562-4111)
Mexico’s Mana (listen) are considered to be the major forefather’s of the Latin version of rock ‘n roll. After 30 years or so of producing an impressive array of #1 hits and performing in front of countless sold out crowds around the world, they have become literal icons of the genre. In addition to the Latin flavor which they have brought to this most popular of Western genres, they have infused it additionally with elements of ska, reggae, and calypso. This highly successful formula of world fusion has earned them countless awards including: 3 Grammys, 5 Latin Grammys, 4 Premios Juventud, 3 Premios Lo Nuestro, 9 Latin Billboard, and 5 Latin American MTV Video Music awards. As a testament to the band’s continued monumental success, Mana’s latest cd release, their 8th studio album entitled “Drama y Luz“, has sold over 25 million copies to date.
Fher Olvera (lead vocals), Sergio Villan (lead guitar), Juan Calleros (bass guitar), and Alex Gonzales (drums), got their start in Guadalajara recreating the hits of their most beloved rock idols like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, among others. Eventually they began to sing in their native language, compose their own songs, and ultimately fuse Latin stylistic elements into their rock ‘n roll sound. At the time, they were one of only a scant number of bands experimenting in these areas, so by the time the movement “Rocken Tu Idioma” (Rock in Your language) became a popular part of the Mexican popular music scene, their well-matured style made them a natural favorite among rock fans in their home country. The group eventually changed their name to Mana which stands for “high energy”, a move they believe helped to bring them the great level of success that they subsequently achieved. This along with a decision to begin personally producing their own recordings along with the embarkation upon a tour that would eventually take them beyond Mexican borders for the very first time. The concert in Ecuador was a sold out success, which gave them the reassurance that they could indeed succeed on the international stage. Since then they have never looked back as they have truly enjoyed a steady and enduring rise to fame which has included, amongst other monumental accomplishments, a historical collaboration with fellow Latin superstar Carlos Santana.
Mana’s latest release, “Drama y Luz” (Drama and Light) is a true classic as it represents 3 years in the making and is considered to represent a “milestone” in the lengthy career of this iconic ensemble. Over 1,000 hours were spent in the recording studio producing no less than 40 compositions. This cd is a specially selected compilation of 13 of these songs which the band considers to represent their best work. Numerous additional artists,including a whole host of special guest stars, have also contributed their talents to this all-important recording project. Longtime advocates of global ecology, the group composed the opening number, Lluvia al Corazon (Rain in the Heart), as a call of awareness directed towards our declining natural environment. In 1995 Mana founded the Selva Negra Foundation in staunch support of this all important cause. To experience these Latin rock superstars in person makes for a spectacular concert experience to be sure!
When: July 17th, Sunday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Agganis Arena (Boston University)
Tickets: From $77.00
More Info: (617) 358-7000