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The Luísa Todi Municipal Forum hosted the double concert by Maria João and Samuel Gapp Trio & String Quartet for the 10th edition of Círculo de Jazz Fest
The Jazz Fest Circle was back from the 22nd to the 25th of July, and this year it celebrated 10 years of existence. Last Friday, the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, in Setúbal, hosted concerts by Maria João and Samuel Gapp Trio & String Quartet.
The first part was delivered to Samuel Gapp Trio & String Quartet where two opposing universes met in a natural fusion of two different sounds. The trio, as an elementary jazz formation, finds in the string quartet a tailor-made partner, blending in with its classical sound. The freedom, improvisation and flexibility of Jazz meets the static string quartet, based on classical tradition and evolves into a new, unique and impressive sound.
On stage were Samuel Gapp on piano, Nelson Cascais on double bass, João Sousa on drums, Fernando Sá, Maria João and Ana Monteverde on the violins, and Tiago Rosa on violencelo.
After a 10-minute break, we listened to the second show with Maria João, accompanied by João Farinha, André Nascimento and Silvan Strauss.
Maria João is known for her vocal flexibility and her ability to improvise. Although she is usually associated with jazz, her music incorporates a mix of folk/ethnic, modern jazz, Brazilian music, avant-garde, electronic, symphonic and other styles.
Maria João’s career has been marked by her participation in the most renowned jazz festivals in Europe and the world. She began her journey at the Hot Clube de Portugal Jazz School and, in a few years, went beyond borders, making Maria João one of the few Portuguese singers acclaimed abroad. Possessing a unique style, she has become a point of reference in the difficult and competitive field of improvised music. A remarkable vocal ability and a singular interpretive intensity earned her not only international recognition, but also being featured in the gallery of the best singers of our time. Unanimous applause, critics and audiences named her “a voice taken to the last consequences”, declaring her “a singer who never stops evolving”.
In addition to her partnership with Mário Laginha, she recorded several albums under her own name. Internationally, he has worked with prestigious names in music, such as: Aki Takase, Bob Stenson, Christof Lauer, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Laureen Newton, Lenine, Guinga, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Trilok Gurtu, Ralph Towner, Manu Katché, Saxofour, Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Frankfurt Big Band, among many others.
In the Jazz Fest Cycle, she also performed with the Setúbal Jazz Orchestra, A Uncertainty of Trio Certo, João Mortágua Quarteto, RAN and NOA.