MAY 24, 2019
"St. John's College Summer Concerts Begin June 12"
By Carol A. Clark
Wednesday, June 26
Flutist Magela Herrera is a leading light of Havana's jazz and popular music community. With influences that span Europe, West Africa, and her home country of Cuba, Magela has grown her musical skill set to include piano, vocals, and composing/arranging. In 2010, Jazz Corner magazine nominated her improvisation on Mezcla’s CD “I'll See You in Cuba” for best flute solo in Latin jazz.
SPRING 2019 ISSUE
By Mark Holston
"An example of uncommon talent who to date has only viewed the Grammys from a distance, Cuba-born, Florida-based flautist Magela Herrera proves on her debut album, Explicaciones (Brontosaurus Records), that her time in the Grammy spotlight can’t be too far off. Loaded with classical, pop, jazz and Latin influences, the young instrumentalist and composer will quickly charm even the most jaded listener. Working with an ensemble of Miami-based musicians, the session is a bold blend of rhythmic intensity and concert hall virtuosity. And, she sings, boasting a sexy voice and fluid, emotive style on a touching remake of “Bésame Mucho.” A standout take that displays the ensemble’s many talents is “Danzón Para Papá” – a frisky update on the stately Cuban rhythm. There’s much to relish in what Herrera and her crew deliver on this 8-track set."