MARIA JOÃO NEWSMaria João⎟OGRE "Songs for Shakespeare"
Maria João & Guinga "Mar Afora"
Last Minute Availabilities February
just before the Year of Shakespeare comes to its end, we have some interesting news from Portuguese singer Maria João:
SONGS FOR SHAKESPEARE
is the title of the latest programme by Maria's electronic trio OGRE, to be released on CD in 2017. OGRE blends jazz with electronics and experimetal sounds, and in their new project the Portuguese vocal diva accompanied by João Farinha (fender rhodes, keyboards) and André Nascimento (laptop, electronics) perform Shakespeare's Sonnets in a contemporary approach to sounds and rhythms.
"Who knows if this performance by Maria João's OGRE trio wasn't the pièce de résistance of thei year's Katowice Jazz Art Festival .... The divine Maria João knocked out the audience of the festival."
Artrock, PL, OGRE live at Katowice Jazz Art Festival, 2014
Although the "sea so far away" lies between them, jazz singer Maria João is deeply connected at a musical level to Brazilian guitarist GUINGA. The Portuguese vocalist has always been attracted to Brazilian music, and the guitarist has a preference for melancholic tunes that remind us of Portuguese Fado. But what really makes them into a fascinating duo are the congenially swinging rhythms. These two artists present Guinga’s fourteen compositions poetically and with virtusoso skill in almost chamber music-like manner, revealing a modern side of Brazilian music: traditional elements pass through Guinga’s sophisticated harmonies and are transformed into an exciting new musical language. MAR AFORA was released by the German label Acoustic Music in 2015, and the top class duo will be on tour in Europe in spring 2017.
"Maria João feels Guinga’s music in a mysterious way. She seems to penetrate emotions, imbibe the heady nectar of his collaborators’ lyricism and imbue the work with her blithe spirit. This is evident all over Mar Afora."
World Music Report, CAN, 2016
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
21-01-17 Potsdam (DE), Nikolaisaal "Ladies' Jazz Night"
03-02-17 Dresden (DE), Festspielhaus Hellerau MJ&Panaibra Canda
05-02-17 Düsseldorf (DE), Jazzschmiede TBC, MJ& João Farinha
07-02-17 Düsseldorf (DE), Tanzhaus MJ& Panaibra Canda
LAST MINUTE AVAILS FEBRUARY
Maria João (vocals) & João Farinha (piano/keyboards)
01-02-17 Dresden or Düsseldorf ares
04-02-17 Düsseldorf area
MAR AFORA - Maria João & Guinga
tour period Europe April 15 - May 15, 2017
all year on request
SONGS FOR SHAKESPEARE
MAR AFORA (Audio)
Guinga & Maria João, Acoustic Music/Rough Trade, 2015
Maria João⎟OGRE O-Tone/Edel, 2014
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