Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform their collaboration Dreamers. Photo by Shervin Lainez.
Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform their collaboration Dreamers. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

Music and politics have always had a close relationship. No better example is Dreamers, the collaboration between Latin jazz singer Magos Herrera and Brooklyn-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider’s Dreamers is a moving, timely musical expression of an important issue in today’s socio-political landscape. – Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré

Celebrating music as a political act, Dreamers reinterprets the Ibero-American songbook, including Caetano Veloso, João Gilberto, and more, alongside new pieces adapted from texts written by Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, Federico García Lorca, and other poets from regions that endured brutal state violence.

“Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider’s Dreamers is a moving, timely musical expression of an important issue in today’s socio-political landscape,” says Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré, director of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

“This collaboration, honouring the work of some of Latin America’s most influential artists who defied the odds, performed by a remarkable group of musicians, is a terrific example of the power of the arts to ignite conversation and provide context for the world around us. I know audiences will find this performance both entertaining and impactful.”

Herrera stresses that these are beautiful songs but beauty with a purpose. “It’s important to remember that every big change in history happened because someone dared to dream about it,” she says.

Born in Mexico City and based out of New York, Magos Herrera has been regarded as one of the most accomplished and active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene for more than two decades.

Singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Herrera has collaborated with many artists and remains a passionate social justice and women’s rights advocate, currently serving as spokesperson for UN Women.

String quartet Brooklyn Rider has offered an eclectic repertoire for more than 15 years. In addition to their work on Dreamers, the quartet recently debuted their Healing Modes project, which presents Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, Op 132 alongside new commissions by Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Caroline Shaw.

Originally recorded at the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, the concert will premiere on February 12 with a virtual watch party and live chat and remain available on-demand until May 31. Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen will host a live pre-show artist talk via Zoom in advance of the premiere.

Visit chancentre.com for tickets and information.