Maria João | OGRE – Plastico
(o-tone music / Espuma Preta,
OGRE ist Maria Joãos aktuelles Quintett-Projekt, mit dem die einzigartige Künstlerin auf Tour gehen wird. Ein Hybrid aus Jazz und elektronsicher Musik, gepaart mit einer unüblichen Instrumentierung und einem „Outside The Box-Approach“ nimmt das Album Plastico den Hörer auf einen Trip aus World-Sounds, die die Grenzen auflösen und neue Hörgewohnheiten vermitteln. Ein Sound zwischen digitaler und analoger Welt, zusammengehalten von der großartigen, außergewöhnlichen Stimme von Maria – die den Zuhörer fesselt und als Bindeglied fungiert.
Mutig, grenzenlos, kreativ und unkonventionell. Maria João hat wieder einmal Ihr Element gefunden.
In 2012, OGRE released its debut album “Electrodoméstico” (published by JACC Records) and over the past few years has performed in some of Portugal’s main venues and events: In Lisbon, both in Centro Cultural de Belém and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (during the 30th Anniversary of the Foundation’s Modern Art Center – CAM), also in Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, in Coimbra; Rivoli in Porto and Jazz no Palácio Festival, in Tavira. OGRE is seen frequently playing outside their homeland, with festival concerts in Chile, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.
OGRE have a new album coming out soon! The concept is “Plástico” (plastic) and we can’t wait to show it to the world!
Maria João has built a surprising and brilliant career, highlighted by her performances in the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. Her career began at the Hot Clube de Portugal jazz School, and crossed over the borders in a just a few years – Maria João became one of the few Portuguese singers to achieve success and acclaim outside her country.
Her unique style has become a reference in the difficult and competitive world of improvised music. Her remarkable vocal abilities and the unequaled intensity of her performances have turned her into an internationally renowned artist who has earned her place as one of the greatest contemporary singers. Both the audience and the critics have been unanimous in their applause and consider her “a voice that goes all the way to the limit” and a “singer who is continually evolving”.
Besides her long running partnership with Mário Laginha, Maria João’s own discography includes: “Sol”; “João”, an album dedicated to Brazil’s popular music; “Amoras e Framboesas”, with the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos; and “Electrodoméstico” with her most recent project, OGRE, as well as several other collaborations.
She has worked internationally with prestigious artists such as Aki Takase, Bobo Stenson, Christof Lauer, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Laureen Newton, Lenine, Ginga, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Trilok Gurtu, Ralph Towner, Manu Katché, Saxofour, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Frankfurt Big Band, and many others; her portfolio also includes a duet with Bobby McFerrin.
MARIA JOÃO vocals
JOÃO FARINHA fender rhodes & synthesizers
ANDRÉ NASCIMENTO laptop & electronics
JOEL SILVA drums
JÚLIO RESENDE piano