NPR’s Tiny Desk was recently treated to a stripped-down performance by Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera and string quartet Brooklyn Rider.
This Tiny Desk concert wasn’t Brooklyn Rider’s first rodeo—they played one almost a decade ago—but it was their first time with Herrera, who collaborated with them on the 2018 album Dreamers, a collection of songs rooted in Latin American musical traditions.
“This project has been a beautiful, beautiful journey,” Herrera told the audience after they’d kicked off with “Eu vim da Bahia,” originally by Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil. She went on to express her gratitude for the Rider quartet and the opportunity to “be a window for these incredible songs of poets and some writers from Latin America and Spain, that transcended dark times with the beauty of their words, principles and values of humanity and plurality.”
Watch the performance below: