Juancho Herrera

Bio

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Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Juancho Herrera has carved a name for himself in the NYC Latin and world music scene. With an impressive career of more than 20 years as a frontman and sideman, Juancho has had the opportunity to perform at some of the most important venues in 37 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, such as The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Shibuya Koukaido (Tokyo), Centro Cultural Corpbanca (Caracas), Carnegie Hall, Blue Note (New York), Teatro Municipal (Santiago de Chile), among others.

Juancho Herrera started his musical journey with the influence of the Venezuelan music tradition. In 1990 he enrolled at Ars Nova School of Music in Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela he worked as a guitarist and vocalist for several bands including: Solazul (Latin Jazz) Caravana Theater Co., Sus 4 (Jazz-Rock) among others.

In 1993 Juancho traveled to the U.S. to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, were he received a scholarship as a guitarist.

In 2000 Mr. Herrera relocated to NYC where he has been based until present day.
He has been an essential part of groups lead by some of today’s top artists in jazz and world music, such as Claudia Acuña (Jazz), Marta Gomez (Folk Grammy Award Winner), Lila Downs, (Grammy Award winner), and Sofia Rei (South American Jazz).

Mr. Herrera has also performed and recorded with world class artists such as Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), The Chieftains (Ireland), Branford Marsalis (Jazz), Nestor Torres (Grammy Award winner), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese Icon), Alejandro Sanz (Multi-Grammy Award winner), Idan Raichel (World Music), Aquiles Báez (Paquito D’ Rivera), Joe Vasconcellos (Chile), Johnny Pacheco (Salsa Icon), Haydee Milanés (Cuban Pop), Jenny Sheinman Quartet (Avant-garde Jazz, Bill Frisell), Francisco Pacheco (Un Solo Pueblo), Zemog El Gallo Bueno (Mutant Salsa) among others.

Juancho has written music for short films, (Done by Oskar Landi 2009). His guitar work has been featured in several off Broadway plays and indie films such as the Indian piece, Vazhakku Enn 18/9.

In 2005 Juancho released his album Buscando”, produced in collaboration with Fernando Aponte, (Ryuchi Sakamoto, Marisa Monte,Tito Puente, Arto Lindsay, Los Amigos Invisibles)

En 2011 Herrera releases “Banda”, (special guests: Anat Cohen, Jason Lindner, Claudia Acuña, Aquiles Báez, Sofia Rei, Sofia Tosello, Samuel Torres y otros.)

En 2015 Juancho Herrera releases “El Mismo Sol”. Produced by Yayo Serka, Ben Zwerin y Juancho Herrera.