With his lyrically charged fourth album Gaviero, composer, string wizard, vocalist and producer Juancho Herrera takes an enthralling musical journey inspired by Colombian writer Álvaro Mutis’s beloved character Maqroll El Gaviero (Maqroll the Lookout)
While Juancho Herrera is part of a wave of extraordinary Latin American musicians who’ve transformed the New York music scene in recent decades, he’s carved out a singular path with a highly personal synthesis of jazz and South American sounds. With his fourth album Gaviero, the Colombian-born string wizard, singer, composer, arranger and producer delivers a striking concept album that is both a sumptuous sonic journey and a vivid visual feast.
In an era when music is consumed disembodied and piecemeal via low-fi digital streams, Herrera has created a countercultural multimedia experience that combines a beloved Latin American literary source, a keen-eyed photographer/designer, and a supremely gifted international cast of musical explorers. Inspired by Maqroll El Gaviero, a beloved nautical character whose picaresque adventures turned Colombian diplomat and poet Álvaro Mutis into a Latin American literary icon, Gaviero is the work of an artist eagerly investigating breathtaking new sonic territory.
Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela, Herrera graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1997 and established himself on the New York over the next few years.
Herrera has been an essential collaborator with some of the era’s definitive voices in jazz and world music, including Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña, Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez, Oaxacan-American vocalist Lila Downs, and Argentine singer Sofia Rei. He’s performed and recorded with international heavyweights such as Mercedes Sosa, The Chieftains, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alejandro Sanz, Idan Raichel, and Johnny Pacheco.