Aurora Arteaga is a composer, singer and versatile musician from Madrid, Spain. Endowed with a warm voice and a wide range, her music is inventive and intense, with a special focus on improvisation and creativity.
Involved in music since a child, she started professionally as a classical cello player, later discovering jazz music and searching for her own artistic language through singing, improvising, composing, arranging, and exploring other sonorities as flamenco, Afroperuvian, Iberian folk or Brazilian music.
Aurora has been working as a musician at some of the main Jazz clubs and festivals of Spain, leading her own projects and singing in Finland, Hungary, Italy, France, USA, Peru or India.
She represented Spain in the last edition of the European Jazz Singers Contest “Lady Summertime”, in Finland. In 2012 she was a finalist in the jazz radio contest Tremplin Jazz, hosted by the french jazz radio show Birdland.
Between 2013 - 2016 she worked as a musician in New York, performing her music in venues as New York Live Arts, Kitano, The 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bonafide Club, Cervantes Institute of NYC, Bronx Museum of Arts, Taller Latinoamericano,
She holds a Degree in Jazz Singing from Musikene, a BMA in Music Pedagogy (UAM), a Degree in History and Sciences of Music (UAM), and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music (New York City), where she attended receiving grants from Fulbright, Spanish Ministry of Culture, MSM and AIE..
In New York, Aurora had the chance to grow technically and musically studying voice and composition in greater depth with jazz luminaries as Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gretchen Parlato, Phil Markowitz, Jim McNeely or Dave Liebman.
Recently she finished her Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Pathologies & Therapy (UAH), and completed all three levels of Somatic Voicework™ pedagogical training at Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio (2018).
Active as a performer with jazz groups in Spain, she also leads her own quartet since 2007. They have performed at Madrid Jazz Festival, Ellas Crean Festival, Zaragoza Jazz Festival, Jazz Caja Granada or Vitoria Jazz Festival. Enthusiastic about music duos, she has been working with acknowledged guitar players as Eric Kurimski, Jorge Abadías, Gustav Lundgren, Coco Cabrera, Dan ben Lior or Fede Díaz and the piano players Billy Test, Matt Savage or Guy Mintus among others.
Aurora is based now in Madrid, Spain, where she teaches jazz voice and vocal improvisation at Escuela de Música Creativa and Centro Superior de Música - EMC.