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(Published: December 31, 2011)


Contact: Nikolett Pankovits (+1-631-612-7767)
Email: info@juanchoherrera.com
Website: www.juanchoherrera.com / myspace.com/juanchoherrera


New York, NY, December 28, 2011

Acclaimed World/Jazz/Experimentalist Juancho Herrera announces the release of his second album Banda, featuring original and innovative compositions inspired by an urban, modern vision of Latin America deeply rooted in traditional sounds evoking those of Africa and the Americas. In addition to long-time collaborators Yayo Serka (Lila Downs) on drums and Ben Zwerin (Nouvelle Vague) on bass, Juancho recruits some of the most innovative and dynamic artists of the New York Latin and Jazz scenes such as Claudia Acuña, Anat Cohen, Jason Lindner, Sofia Rei, Aquiles Baez, Sofia Tosello, and Samuel Torres, among others.

"There are few artists pushing the boundaries of Latin jazz the way that Juancho is doing it today. Tapping into every little corner of the Latin-American vast musical history, his fusion grooves will give you a taste of how Latin music continues to grow as an important foundation of the jazz standard." Planet Eye Traveler

With this brand new release, Juancho Herrera is making his mark in the World Music scene as a mature artist with a unique and powerful sound, taking us on a journey through the roads that lead to Africa, Latin America and the U.S.

Highlights of Banda:
• "Golpe" is a Peruvian festejo with Moroccan influences, West African guitars, Caribbean chants and American blues.
• "La Costa Engañosa" is a Cuban changüí with heavy funk grooves, dedicated to the economic-driven migrations that put thousands of lives in danger for the promise of a better future. Percussionist Samuel Torres is a special guest.
• "En medio del mar" is a modern bolero featuring Sofia Rei on vocals and the deep sound of the bombo legüero by Yayo Serka.
• "La Marejada" is a Venezuelan merengue dedicated of the victims of the 1999 mud slides in Venezuela, featuring Anat Cohen on clarinet and Aquiles Báez on Venezuelan cuatro.
• "Familia" is dedicated to Juancho's family, showcasing again Anat Cohen on tenor sax.
• "Vestido Blanco", based on an Afro-cuban chant played on batá drums by Mauricio Herrera, is dedicated to the deities of the sea. Claudia Acuña and Sofia Tosello are featured on vocals.
• "Montilla" is a traditional Venezuelan song featuring a beautiful intro by Jason Lindner on Wurlitzer, Samuel Torres on congas and Aquiles Báez on cuatro.
• "Pregón", a tribute to the old street vendors, is the album's solo piece, with Juancho Herrera on guitar and vocals.

Banda is available online at:
Bandcamp: http://juanchoherrera.bandcamp.com/
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/banda/id484726476
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/juanchoherrera2

About Juancho:
Originally from Colombia and Venezuela, guitarist/vocalist Juancho Herrera is one of the most energetic performers currently in the New York Latin American music scene. With a career of 20 years as a frontman and sideman, Juancho performed in over 30 countries around the globe in the most prestigious venues, such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Shibuya Koukaido in Tokyo, Centro Cultural La Estancia in Caracas, Carnegie Hall in New York, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, among many others. He has been an essential component of groups lead by acclaimed contemporary jazz and world vocalists such as Claudia Acuña, Lila Downs, Sofia Rei, and Marta Gomez, among other musicians with whom Juancho has established fruitful and creative collaborations.

For further information, photos or interviews, please contact:
Nikolett Pankovits
Phone: (+1-631-612-7767)
Email: info@juanchoherrera.com
juanchoherrera.com / myspace.com/juanchoherrera

More Information: https://www.juanchoherrera.com

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