Juancho Herrera Group
As a bandleader, Juancho Herrera has performed in Venezuela, Colombia, Hungary and the U.S. bringing to audiences a catalogue of original songs. Combining the knowledge of traditions from various countries from Latin America and the U.S. with blues and jazz influences, Juancho arrives to a very energetic and unique blend of true World Music.
His vocal style has been compared with the likes of Caetano Veloso, Jorge Drexler and David Byrne. His guitar playing has been praised by artists such as Romero Lubambo, Nile Rodgers, and Aquiles Báez.
Using modern instrumentation such as electric bass and guitars in combination with traditional instruments such as Peruvian cajon and Venezuelan cuatro, the project achieves a vibrant dialog between tradition and forward motion.
The key to Juancho’s music is the well crafted superimposition of layers of musical ideas that grow into the listener long after various listening sessions, always keeping the concept of “song” as a central core. The lyrics convey a strong sense of life as a consecutive collection of moments, deep in emotions, sarcasm and satire, socially aware and autobiographic.
Juancho Herrera: guitar, cuatro, vocals
Ben Zwerin: bass
Yayo Serka: drums, cajon, bombo legüero
Born of an American father (Mike Zwerin, a writer, critic for the “International Herald Tribune”, as well as a famous trombonist who has performed with Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, and Maynard Fergusson) and a French mother, Ben grew up in Paris.
In the fall of 1995, on a scholarship, he left to study at Berklee College of Music with great teachers such as Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz and Phil Wilson and extended his musical family.
Since graduating, he has been living in NY and performing with such talented and diverse groups as Angelique Kidjo (SLG/Columbia), Lila Downs (EMI/Virgin), Nouvelle Vague (EMI), Claudia Acuna (Marsalis Music/Universal), Yannick Noah (Sony/BMG), Anjelique Kidjo, Lionel Loueke (Blue note, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard), Mino Cinelu, Brendan James (Decca/Universal), Emeline Michel, Belo, Forro In The Dark (Nublu/Nat Geo recording artists) and many more.
His own band, Running Still, is signed to East/West (Warner Music Group). Ben also played in the Off-Broadway shows Bat Boy and A Broadway Diva Christmas, has been writing music for TV shows such as “All my Children” and “One Life to Live” and produces local artists.
Born in Tierra del Fuego-Chile, Edgardo “Yayo” Serka has become one of the most sought out drummers/percussionists in NYC.
As a teenager Yayo played in several folk bands in Chile, where he toured extensively. After completing one year of classical training he decided to travel to Cuba to pursue his musical education. After 4 years he moved back to his native Chile where he recorded and performed with the top artists of his country.
In 1996 his musical journey took him to NYC, making it his home base for the past 16 years. He has become one of the most influential drummers in the Latin American scene. He has performed with: Angelique Kidjo, Lila Downs (Grammy winner and nominee), Claudia Acuña (South American Jazz), Chico O’Farrill (Latin Jazz), Eva Ayllon (Afro Peruvian), Susana Baca (Afro Peruvian), Mercedes Sosa, Bobby Watson (Jazz), Sweet Georgia Brown (Blues/Jazz), The late Frankie Paris (Funk/Soul), Xiomara Laugart (Cuban Diva), Meshell Ndegeocello (Funk/Jazz), Sofia Rei Koutsovitis (South American Jazz), Aquiles Baez (Venezuelan music), among others.