Juancho Herrera was Guitar Faculty during the Fall 2011 semester and is returning as Guitar Faculty for the Fall 2012 semester. He 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. Juancho has worked as a guitarist and vocalist for several bands while living in Venezuela including: Solazul (Latin Jazz, tour sponsored by Berklee), Caravana Theater Co., Sus 4 (Jazz-Rock, singles and video showcased during 2 years), among others. His voice and guitar work has been featured in jingles for various clients including Pepsi and Daimler-Chrysler.
Juancho Herrera traveled to the U.S. in 1993 to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, were he received a scholarship as a guitarist. He has recorded several CDs as band leader and sideman, and has performed in very 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, among others.
He has also performed extensively in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Holland, Israel, Macedonia, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Venezuela and the U.S.
He has collaborated and performed with several artists including: Claudia Acuña (Jazz), Haydee Milanes (Cuban/Pop), Tsidii Le Loka (South African vocalist Tony Award winner), Nestor Torres (Grammy Award winner), Lila Downs (Grammy award winner), Eric Wainaina (Kora Award winner), Jerry Rivera (Salsa-Pop), Aquiles Báez (Calle 54, Paquito D Rivera, Giora Feidman), Rebecca Fanya (Marc Anthony, Harry Belafonte), Pablo Ablanedo Group (Argentinean Jazz), Jenny Sheinman Quartet (avant-garde jazz, Bill Frisell, John Zorn), Francisco Pacheco (Un Solo Pueblo), Yordamis Megret (Bamboleo), Brazooca Band (featuring Alon Yavnai, Didi Gutman, Paulo Levy), Crossroads Ensemble (collaboration with Mattan Klein), among others.
Juancho has written music for short films, theater plays and CD-Rom productions. He has also worked as a sound designer for multimedia interfaces such as the award winning piece Acoustic Inflections, by Paola Tábora, as well as promotional work for Renegade Marketing Group and Univision. His guitar work has been featured in several off Broadway plays and most recently in the PBS documentary 90 Miles, composed and produced by Jose Conde.
Currently Juancho is working on the promotion of his latest CD which was produced in collaboration with Producer/Engineer Fernando Aponte, whose credits include Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marisa Monte, Tito Puente, Arto Lindsay, Los Amigos Invisibles, among others.