"When Swedish sophistication meets Hungarian heat."
SINGER • MUSICIAN • SONGWRITER
"My theme as a musician hooks onto infatuations. Infatuations with instruments, icons, rythms and above all a passion for melodies."
The Malmö-based Monika Hoffman has made a thrilling musical journey. Geographically she's landed in Boston, Hungary and Canada. Musically she moves in between the areas of Classical Music, Latin Jazz and Pop. Since Monika has roots in a Hungarian family of musicians it never struck her as unnatural to embrace her colourful heritage. September 22'nd she will finally release her first album at home base.
On her debut album ”Let's Run Away” Monika's music spans over several hues of the Latin-american musical palette. She has chosen to compose her lyrics in English, Swedish and Hungarian.
”I think it's very important to preserve my heritage. Hungarian is a fantastically beautiful language that does very well in powerful ballads. Swedish is my first language and English is very close to me as I've worked a lot in the USA. I try not to limit myself.” Monika comments.
In the mid-2000's Monika tried her wings in 'Megaztár', the Hungarian version of 'Idol' which later lead to a record deal and her appearance in the Hungarian Eurovision Song Contest. She has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she performed with the legends like Michael Brecker and Charlie Hayden. She has also been acknowledged at home field where she's been awarded scholarships from Sandviken Big Band and Jazz Under Stjärnorna (Jazz under the starry sky) in Brantevik.
Monika's binding theme in her music is infatuation; an infatuation with intruments, icons, rythms and above all a passion for melodies. As a child she fell in love with classical music when she received a violin from her Hungarian mother. She later discovered Gypsy Kings which lead her to Latin American music and artists like Gloria Estefan, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Marc Anthony. Her interest in Jazz came from her father who grew up in the USA. It is whese references in her library that her music bares fruit with an awe-inspiring vocal prowess.
Even though Monika has written both the music and lyrics to ”Let's Run Away” the warm and joyful album has come together with a great collaborative effort with various artists. During her time as a student at Berklee College of Music she got to know teacher and pianist Tim Ray who has worked with musical powerhouses like Aretha Franklin, Soul Asylum and Bonny Raitt. Tim Ray, as well as Grammy-Award winning artist Oscar Stagnaro and Latin Jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera are featured on the album.
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