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Magali Luque

Peruvian singer-songwriter Magali Luque has performed in innumerable festivals and concerts throughout Peru and South America. In early 2009, she toured with Peruvian singer/actress Magaly Solier, whose film La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2009 as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. In October 2009, Magali composed and performed the theme song “Buena Onda” (Good Vibes) for a UNICEF campaign in Peru to benefit needy children.

Magali’s latest project is her solo CD entitled "Básica" (translated as "Basic Me"), a personal project with a variety of music performed on acoustic instruments. She journeys through a myriad of world rhythms, from pop ballads to funk, from guajira to bolero, from bossa to swing, leaving room for jazzy improvisations by singer and band alike. Her evocative lyrics speak of being in and out of love, and the marriage of these to world beats create a distinctive style that only Magali’s soulful voice can express. Her music videos for the hit songs “Medicina perfecta” (Perfect Medicine) and “No voy a decírtelo” (I Won’t Tell You) receive constant airplay on Peruvian television and are available for viewing on YouTube.

Because of her outstanding qualities as an eclectic composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist, Magali Luque is one of the most sought-after musicians in Peru. Her many works cover not only the music field but also productions such as theater adaptations and children’s books. She has also performed and recorded with the most important artists in the Peruvian folklore category, such as Damaris, Saywa, The Gaytán Castro Brothers, Nelly Munguía etc. It was her work on Damaris’ CD “Mil caminos” (A Thousand Journeys) that yielded a 2008 Seagull Award for Best Song at the Latin Music Festival in Viña del Mar, Chile, as well as a Latin Grammy nomination.

Magali began her musical career in 1990 by studying Choral Conduction and in 1992 attended the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, specializing in the double bass, a musical instrument she now masters. Besides the double bass, Magali is a multi-instrumentalist in every sense of the word: her instruments include guitar, bass, cello, contrabass, flute, and percussion. Nevertheless, she still considers her voice the primary instrument of choice since it is, in her words: “a living instrument.”

She was one of the founding members of Ñaymlap, a contemporary Peruvian music quartet that also featured Ernesto Mayhuire on guitar. She has also been a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Peru. Although these two groups were “academic” in a musical sense, she has explored other musical avenues on her own; such as the rock/pop group Sándalo and later Lunazul (Latin-jazz and fusion). Not only did she play bass on these experimental bands, but she was also the lead singer.