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Maria João


Maria JoãoMaria João has participated in the most prestigious Europe and World Jazz Festivals. Her career started at Lisbon’s Hot Club Jazz School, in 1982. One year later, she formed a quintet with Mário Laginha, Carlos Martins, António Ferro and Carlos Vieira. Together they recorded two albums – “Quinteto de Maria João” (1983) and “Cem Caminhos” (1985). At the time, she was already considered a true revelation in the jazz universe, having received several awards, namely from the San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Spain). In 1986, in one concert while touring Germany, Maria João had a special person in the audience: Japanese free-jazz pianist Aki Takase, who invited her to begin a duo project. From 1987 to 1990, singer and pianist astounded the audiences of Jazz Festivals all over Europe that surrendered to the freedom and irreverence of their music. In 1991, Maria João became involved in a new project with Portuguese group Cal Viva. This project marks her reunion with Mário Laginha. With the record “Sol”, a fusion of Portuguese traditional music with the sounds of jazz, they toured intensely all over Portugal. [more]

Maria João e as Aventuras das Abelhas

Maria João – voice
João Farinha – fender rhodes, electronics
André Nascimento - electronics

“It’s always hard for me to describe music using words, lined up one next to each other, full of significance and coherence. There’s always something that starts with an idea or with someone. In this case, it all started with this musician – João, whom I found full of ideas, using other sounds of other instruments, other things I wanted to do but didn’t know how. And then, between all this, these two composers, Mingus and Jobim appear… and all the others.” Maria João


After years, Maria João records an album under her own name, “João”.

This album comprises 14 songs from the Brazilian songbook, including composers such as Zequinha Abreu, Vinicius, Chico Buarque or Carlinhos Brown.
Named simply “João”, this CD has been released in April 2007, with the Universal Music label.

After 12 years of a tight partnership with pianist and composer Mário Laginha, João bets on a project on her own.
Release Date: April 2007