Aurora Artega

Born in Madrid, Aurora Arteaga has been involved in music since a child, doing professional studies of cello and recorder in her hometown, and graduating with a BME in Music education and a Degree in History and Sciences of Music (UAM).

After been classical trained for a long time, she discovered Jazz and improvisation and also a new way of using her voice as an instrument. This leads her to study jazz, voice and improvisation in lessons and seminars with Deborah Carter, Barry Harris, Michele Weir, Bob Stoloff, Sheila Jordan and Judy Niemack, as well as composing, arranging and exploring other sonorities as flamenco or Brazilian music.

Arteaga holds a Degree in Jazz Singing from Musikene (Higher Conservatoire of Music of the Basque Country), where she studied during four years with the singer Judy Niemack and as well with Guillermo Klein, Andreij Olecjniczac and Joaquín Chacón.

After years singing with a wide range of music groups in Spain, Arteaga created her own quartet in 2007. They play often in clubs, jazz festivals and theatres along Spain, such as Madrid Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Ellas Crean and Madrid Cool Nights. She represented Spain in the last edition of the International Jazz Singers Contest Lady Summertime, in Finland. In 2012 she was finalist in the jazz radio contest Tremplin Jazz, hosted by french jazz radio show Birdland. In addition to Spain, Arteaga has performed in Italy, France, Hungary and India.

During 2012-2013 she has been teaching vocal jazz in Bilbao (Jazz Cultural Theatre) and Madrid, and performing in Bilbao, Madrid, Granada, Pamplona, Vitoria, Barcelona, Zaragoza, San Sebastián and Logrono with her own quartet and in duo with Gustav Lundgren or Jorge Abadias, and also with the Joshua Edelman’s Trio in the Bilbao 365 Jazz Festival. She has recorded on the last CD of the J.E. Trio, released in October, 2013.

Arteaga is currently living in New York, where she studies a Master of Music in Jazz in the Manhattan School of Music, with a Fulbright Grant for Artists, awarded by both Governments of Spain and U.S.  She receives lessons from jazz luminaries as Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato or Dave Liebman, and works as a musician in different projects around NY.