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Magdalena Abrego is a Boston-based guitarist, composer, and teaching artist. Utilizing the languages of free jazz and experimental rock, Magdalena’s music seeks to confront issues of musical tradition through genre-bending improvisation. Her most recent project is Umbrella Pine, a duo with alto saxophonist Allison Burik, which features original compositions as well as arrangements of music by Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler. Magdalena maintains an active schedule performing at venues throughout the Northeast, including the Lilypad, Shapeshifter Lab, the Red Room, and Jordan Hall.
Magdalena first arrived in Boston after accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music’s B.M. Performance program. While at Berklee, she was awarded the distinguished William Leavitt Guitar Department Award. After graduating Berklee summa cum laude, Magdalena went on to receive the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowship in Jazz in 2016. Through this fellowship, she attended the Jazz and Creative Music Workshop at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she studied under the direction of Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. Following her residency in Banff, Magdalena received a scholarship to study Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music degree and studies privately with Anthony Coleman and Joe Morris. Recently, Magdalena performed as a featured soloist in the world premiere of Anthony Coleman’s Streams at the illustrious Jordan Hall.
In addition to her career as a performer, Magdalena has worked as a Teaching Artist throughout New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts since 2011. Her career as an educator has led to her involvement with a number of arts education and youth development nonprofit organizations including ZUMIX, The Conservatory Lab Charter School, Girls Rock Campaign Boston, and Midori & Friends NYC. Magdalena’s passion for community outreach in Boston was recognized in 2015 when she received the Urban Service Award from Berklee College of Music. Magdalena is currently working at the New England Conservatory as a Teaching Assistant to Ran Blake.