Maria João and musicians of Portishead and Radiohead in ‘Ovar em Jazz’

The Ovar in Jazz starts on Thursday and until Sunday will bring to different venues of the city proposals from artists such as singer Maria João, pianist Stefano Battaglia, saxophonist Ricardo Toscano and musicians from Portishead and Radiohead.

The second edition of the initiative is a result of the network programming promoted by the Intermunicipal Community of the Region of Aveiro and, according to Alexandre Rosas, Councilor for Culture at the Câmara de Ovar, involves “four intense jazz days” through “programmatic proposals that intend to go to meeting of professionals and amateurs, children and adults, knowledgeable and curious, in more formal environments or in the corner of the bar.

The shows will go through the School of Arts and Crafts of Ovar and the Art Center, where performances of the main room will be complemented with jam sessions in the cafeteria of this cultural space – in an offer that provides from free admission to concerts at a maximum price of 10 euros.

“After the success of the first edition, we renewed the bet on jazz, bringing to Ovar great national and international names of this musical genre and also presenting unique shows such as the band Get The Blessing with the Camerata Orchestra of Espinho Vocal School of Music” highlighted Alexandre Rosas.

The first concert of “Ovar em Jazz” is by the Portuguese saxophonist Ricardo Toscano, who, according to the organization of the event, “is considered the young prodigy of jazz”. In Ovar, he will perform with his quartet, whose lineup includes pianist João Pedro Coelho, bass player Romeu Tristão and drummer João Pereira.

“Freshness, energy and delivery are expected in one of the most exciting bands in the business world.” The language adopted is bebop and post-pop, with clear influences from Charlie Parker and a repertoire of originals and historical compositions that goes to Ornette Coleman “reveals the description of the concert.

Already on Friday, the stage will belong to the Camerata Orchestra of Espinho Vocal School of Music and to the group Get the Blessing, which, formed in 2000 in the British city of Bristol, presents with Jake McMurchie in the saxophone and electronic, Pete Judge in the trumpet and electronic, Clive Deamer on drums and Jim Barr on bass.

“They are four great musicians, some of whom are still part of other bands, such as Jim Barr, who is part of the Portishead, as is Clive Deamer, who is part of Portishead and Radiohead,” said Alexandre Rosas.

Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia will perform late Saturday afternoon with the organization anticipating “a performance in which lightness and originality in approaching keys promise freedom for improvisation.”

With a scholarly training, Stefano Battaglia is named by Alexandre Rosas as “one of the most important musicians of ECM Records” and, in addition to the free entrance concert, will also give a free ‘workshop’ in Ovar on Sunday for musicians of 16 years old – which implies prior registration with the Art Center for having a capacity limited to 12 people.

Also on Saturday, but at night, “Ovar em Jazz” also hosts Maria João and the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra. The concert will revisit the album “Amoras e Rasboesas”, which since its joint edition in 2011 has already led to “several national and international jazz festivals” a combination of songs from Brazilian popular songbook, American jazz standards and creations of the duo Maria João and Mário Laginha.

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