December 2nd | 2023

Verania Luken | Singer

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Verania Luken, cantante de jazz

Verania Luken is a young jazz singer who started her artistic education at Arts and Humanities CEDART school to complete her Scenic Arts and Drama Degree.

Ten years ago, her professional career as singer began sharing the stage with great musicians such as Armando Manzanero, Chacho Gaytán and Alex Mercado; she´s been a soloist for the Joe Déttiene´s Big Band and Zinco Big Band. Also, she has been part of important music festivals like Alfonso Ortiz Tirado, The Border Project (The U of A), Django Jazz Festival and she has participated as TED Talk speaker.

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 January 2020 Verania launches her first album named “Djangoliday” along the Hülsz Brothers Enrique y Federico in which they merged the gypsy jazz style of the great Django Reinhardt and the Billie Holiday´s american jazz. You can find her music in Bandcamp, Spotify and more.

December 15th | 2023

Maya Burns | Singer


Maya Burns is a 25-year-old bilingual (English and Spanish) singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar and saxophone) born in Monterey California and raised in Ensenada México. She combines influences of Folk and Rock she heard at music festivals (where her parents sell handmade tie dyes) with Ranchero and Bolero she learned attending Mexican public school.

During her youth she excelled in music on both sides of the border. She was personally invited to open a concert for Linda Ronstadt and then selected by the Governor of Baja to sing for the president of Mexico. She has worked with the legendary music director; Steve Binder, and in 2016 Maya was hired by The Rubicon Theatre as a musical director and composer for the play eXtras starring the Bichir brothers that won the LA Times critics choice award with her original music.

At 18 Maya moved to Mexico City to write music for plays at Foro Shakespeare and was offered residencies at the prestigious night clubs; Parker and Lenox and Jazzatlán Capital. She has been a main stage solo act at major music festivals such as: Whole Earth, Live Oak, Lake Irvine Fest in California and headlined Mexico Now in NYC.

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Most recently Maya was a back up singer and saxophonist for Vivir Quintana and Mon Laferte at the Vive Latino, opening for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Her last tour in May of 2023, She opened for and collaborated with Grammy award-winning band La Santa Cecilia in California and Texas.

Her music serves as a bridge between two cultures that have profoundly influenced her identity; fostering unity and celebration of our shared humanity.

Antonio Lozoya | Bass


He was born in Mexico City, bassist with a bachelor Jazz Degree; educator, producer, promoter, arranger and composer. He has performed at various Festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States, accompanying prominent personalities such as: Dave Pike, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, Karrin Allison, Art Lande, Erik Alexander, Sarah Reich, among others.

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In 1996 he began collaborating in the San Miguel de Allende International Jazz Festival in various areas such as: musician, director of the educational area, musical director and producer. In 2006, with Teresa Urtusástegui they reactivated the International Jazz Festival and added the Blues style, taking charge of its general direction. Since then he has produced several concerts inviting the participation of prominent figures from the Jazz and Blues scene such as: Joey Calderazzo Trio, Antonio Sánchez Trio, Tuck and Patti, Betsy Pecanins, Magos Herrera, Sarah Reich (Postmodern Jukebox), Karrin Allison, David Sanchez Quartet, Peter Bernstein Jazz Quartet, among others. He has produced several concerts with his group “San Miguel Jazz Cats” at the International Cervantino Festival and in various locations in the country. For ten years he has performed concerts as a musician and musical director, presenting different musical proposals related to jazz and blues. Beneficiary of the Scenic Creators with Trajectory Program, 2014-2017 of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.