Magdalena Matthey is a singer- songwriter born and raised in Santiago, Chile.Her mother, a country folk woman, was who shared the songs, games, stories and legends of oral tradition with her beloved daughter.
From the streets around Santiago’s Central Station, and only using a humble typewriter and a guitar, her first songs came to life, revealing her sweet nostalgia and sensitivity to social issues. “It is urgent to shake people’s hearts to achieve a permanent and significant change,” Magdalena says.
Mercedes Sosa, Victor Jara and Violeta Parra are some of Magdalena’s sources of inspiration. The themes of her songs reveal her love for humanity and the colored sounds of Latin America, sounds which reflect in her six albums and documentary, “My mother told me” (2015). Her albums are produced by Sergio Tilo Gonzalez, musician and founder of the renowned Chilean band Congreso.
Magdalena has twice received the Silver Seagull award for best folk act at Viña del Mar’s International Festival (1995 and 2003), as well as the Altazor award for her production “Tomorrow is another day” (2005). She has participated in numerous festivals and concerts in Chile and also abroad. Magdalena has also been invited to share the stage with renowned international musicians such as Pedro Aznar, Chico César and Alejandro Filio.
Magdalena has ventured into folk and fusion genres, as well as in her Latin American roots. She sings to her audience in a very feminine, warm and transparent manner. Her music reveals her careful listening and observation of the Chilean customs and current affairs. This is what brought her to compose; “The street speaks to us and listening to it can change the course of our lives”.