Women in Music: A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa
$29 – $34
Women in Music: A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa

Women in Music: A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa

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Mercedes Sosa was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the region. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa became one of the preeminent exponents of nueva canción. She gave voice to songs written by many Latin American songwriters and her music made people hail her as the “voice of the voiceless ones”. Her career spanned four decades and she was the recipient of several Grammy awards and nominations, including a posthumous Latin Grammy award for Best Folk Album and served as an ambassador for UNICEF.

Magos Herrera brings together an international line up to celebrate the life and music of this extraordinary iconic singer that became a reference for Latin American music.


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Pedro Aznar

With sixteen solo albums, Argentine musician and singer-songwriter, Aznar, is of the most representative voices of Argentina today. Formed, in 1978, with Charly García, David Lebón and Oscar Moro, the group Serú Girán, considered by audiences and critics alike to be a landmark in Argentine Rock music, which left a legacy of 10 albums, attendance records and an influence that transcends generations.

In 1983 he joined the Pat Metheny Group as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. This line-up of the acclaimed group performed around the world and won three Grammy Awards for “First Circle” (1984),”Letter from Home” (1989) and “The Road to You” (1993).

He composed and recorded duets with singers Mercedes Sosa and Caetano Veloso in 1993 for an album sponsored by UNICEF to advance awareness of Children’s Rights.

Also a published writer, he is a producer, composer, arranger, instrumentalist and singer on recordings and on stage with some of the most prominent artists of Argentina and the world. Gives lectures and clinics on recording, mixing and record production, as well as artistic creativity.
Leads his own group since 1993, imbuing it with a unique and personal contemporary feel contributed, in equal measure, by his ample experience in styles such as Rock, Jazz, Argentine and Latin American roots music, his constant openness to new tendencies as well as his knowledge of old traditions.


Edward Simon

Award-winning pianist and composer Edward Simon hails from Venezuela. He made his first recording with Edward Simon Trio in 1994 (Beauty Within, Audioquest). Since then, the trio has become an established voice with five recordings and recent performances at venues including the Village Vanguard, Jazz Bakery, and Casa del Jazz. Simon has recorded 11 critically acclaimed albums as leader, including two New York Times Top Ten Jazz Records of the Year: Edward Simon (1995) and Simplicitas (2005). His recording Unicity was voted “Best CD of 2007” by DOWNBEAT. He has appeared as guest artist on more than 50 recordings, including Paquito D’Rivera’s Grammy Award winning Funk Tango (Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007) and several Grammy-nominated albums. In 2010 Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. That same year he became a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, a prominent musician/composer jazz ensemble dedicated to creating new work and highlighting the music of historically significant jazz composers of the modern era. The Collective is comprised of “eight of the most in-demand” (New York Times) artists performing today. Simon’s first live album, featuring his trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, Live in New York at Jazz Standard was released in April 2013 on Sunnyside Records.

Edward Simon Trio features Edward Simon on piano, Adam Cruz-drums, Joe Martin -bass


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. 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. She has recorded six solo albums and has worked on joint collaborations for two more albums with celebrated producer Javier Limón, in addition to having participated as a guest artist of several recordings and albums.

An accomplished artist, Magos has performed in a variety of leading international cultural venues and has been part of the line-up of some of the most memorable jazz festivals around the world. 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 and currently serves 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. A frequent collaborator for radio and television programs in Mexico, Magos produces and hosts a weekly radio program from New York for Mexico’s Public Radio. She serves as a curator of the “National Sawdust”, one of Brooklyn’s most innovative venues, and more recently, was invited as a guest artist to participate in a album to celebrate renowned Mexican poet, Octavio Paz and in Paco de Lucia’s tribute documentary, “La guitarra vuela”.


Pedro Aznar | Edward Simon | Magos Herrera

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