SINGER • MUSICIAN • SONGWRITER
"My theme as a musician hooks onto infatuations. Infatuations with instruments, icons, rythms and above all a passion for melodies."
When Hungarian heat and Swedish sophistication meet
The Malmö-based Monika Hoffman has made a thrilling musical journey. Geographically she‘s landed in USA, Hungary and Canada. Musically she moves in between the areas of Classical Music, Latin Jazz and Pop. On her debut album Let‘s Run Away Monika‘s music spans over several hues of the Latin-american musical palette.
Coming from a both a Hungarian and German family of musicians – Monika has embraced her colorful heritage. 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 since my father grew up in Los Angeles. I try not to limit myself.”
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.
The music on Let’s Run Away is written by Monika with the exception of the latin classic ”Perhaps, Perhaps Perhaps” and the swedish traditional midsummer tune ”Visa vid midsommartid”. Some of the lyrics written and co-written by Monika’s sister Erika Hoffman. The tunes Shooting Star and Everytime You’re Near had a latin touch from the very first beginning but many of Monikas tunes had a pop vibe to them. Especially ”Show Me” and ”Through With You”.
Monikas love for Latin Jazz grew stronger during her studies at Berklee. She met professors Oscar Stagnaro (bass) and Mark Walker (drums), both long time members of multi Grammy Award winning legend Paquito D’Rivera’s band. Oscar produced and arranged all the tracks on Let’s Run Away. He also playes bass along side of Mark Walker on drums, Tim Ray on piano (Aretha Franklin, Soul Asylum and Tony Bennett), Paulo Stagnaro on percussion (Paquito D’Rivera, Ricky Martin) and Paquito D’Rivera is featuring on two tracks.
The album was recorded in Acton, USA and mixed by Grammy Award Winning composer and mixing engineer Daniel Freiberg (Paquito D’Rivera, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan).
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