Chan Centre Dot Com Series

Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider

Fri Feb 12 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

A digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance + artist talk streaming now

Read about the virtual experience here


One of contemporary Latin music’s most expressive voices, Magos Herrera is “without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico, and is establishing herself among the best singers in jazz” (JazzTimes). Known for her eloquent vocal improvisations that embrace Latin American melodies and rhythms, Mexican-born Herrera’s exquisite songs in Spanish, English, and Portuguese surpass language boundaries with their exceptional beauty.


The dizzyingly eclectic string quartet Brooklyn Rider has worked with Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Redman, and performed music by Philip Glass and Björk. “The future of chamber music” (Strings Magazine), Brooklyn Rider features violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Michael Nicolas, plus guest percussionist Mathias Kunzli.


These omnivorous artists join forces for Dreamers—a project that celebrates music as a political act by imaginatively reinterpreting gems from the Ibero-American songbook (Caetano Veloso, João Gilberto, etc.) alongside new pieces adapted from texts written by Rubén Darío, Federico García Lorca, and other poets from regions that endured brutal state violence. An outspoken social justice champion, Herrera stresses that these are beautiful songs, but beauty with purpose: “It’s important to remember that every big change in history happened because someone dared to dream about it.”




"Magos Herrera, the smoky-voiced jazz singer from Mexico, practically whispers the verses, their poetic images swirling...she gets way under the skin of the song, recalling great communicators like Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. And she's backed by Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet of boundless imagination"


This exclusive recording was filmed live in October 2019 at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Run time: 1 hr 3 min.


Fri Feb 12 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

Online from Feb 12 - May 31

Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT on Friday Feb 12 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

We've gone digital!

In order to keep our patrons, artists, and staff safe, we’ve temporarily moved Chan Centre-presented performances online for the 2020-21 season.

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