Maria Mendes

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Maria Mendes - Jazz Classical Crossover Jazz Worldmusic Vocal Jazz Live Act in Rotterdam

Maria Mendes Short Info

The first thing that strikes you about Maria Mendes is the purity of her tone and her graceful, lyrical phrasing. She glides over her band, adding emphasis here, lingering there, scatting in unexpected directions and occasionally soaring to a heady high when the mood takes her. Clearly, she has spent time on her craft.
With her recent sold out concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Casa da Música Oporto and Sesc Pompeia São Paulo, (a.o.) she has drawn the attention of the jazz specialist worldwide, among them QUINCY JONES who has stated: “I see a promising, shining future for this young talented singer.”
Her debut album “Along the Road” (2012) was introduced to the American audience at the prestigious BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB in New York City on January 2014.
On November 2015 Maria released her second album "Innocentia". More exhilarating and emotionally complex than its predecessor, Innocentia also features virtuoso clarinet player ANAT COHEN and her band members who represent the best in the Dutch jazz scene: KAREL BOEHLEE - piano (Toots Thielemans band, Hein van de Gein trio), CLEMENS VAN DER FEEN - acoustic bass (Franz van Chossy trio, Jesse van Ruller trio, Harmen Fraanje trio), JASPER VAN HULTEN - drums (Eric Vloeimans trio, Tuto Puoane band).
There are many high points to savour on "Innocentia". A rendition of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ sets the standard free from its occasionally mawkish confines as Boehlee ups the tempo and embarks on a Glasper-esque excursion. Then there’s Mendes dueling with drummer van Hulten on Hermeto’s "O Ovo" before a mischievous Cohen muscles in and almost steals the show. Elsewhere Mendes demonstrates that she’s a highly capable scat singer a la Ella on "Água de Beber". And let’s not forget their version of Portuguese composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ "Bachianas Brasileiras Nr 5" (Cantilena), featuring some lovely lyrical interplay between Mendes and Cohen.
The album also features imaginative readings of songs by the likes of Sting and Jimmy Woode – not your typical bedfellows. That is another hallmark of Mendes. She is open and inquisitive when it comes to her music, yet able to put her stamp on a tune, whether it is sung in English or Portuguese. "Fragile" is typical of the mood of this album – wistful, rooted in innocence and vulnerability.
Innocentia is a marked progression in the career of Mendes. Under the guidance of composer and close collaborator Martin Fondse, she has obviously grown as a composer and bandleader, and not just a vocalist. But it is as a performer that she truly excels, moving the listener … stirring the soul. Press play, catch her in concert and prepare to be quietly stunned by her depth of emotion.

The first thing that strikes you about Maria Mendes is the purity of her tone and her graceful, lyrical phrasing. She glides over her band, adding emphasis here, lingering there, scatting in unexpected directions and occasionally soaring to a heady high when the mood takes her. Clearly, she has spent time on her craft.
With her recent sold out concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Casa da Música Oporto and Sesc Pompeia São Paulo, (a.o.) she has drawn the attention of the jazz specialist worldwide, among them QUINCY JONES who has stated: “I see a promising, shining future for this young talented singer.”
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Maria Mendes on Tour

  • 10 | 03 | 2017 Den Bosch, Holland De Toonzaal

Past Gigs Maria Mendes

  • 11 | 2016 Terneuzen, Holland Porgy en Bess
  • 10 | 2016 Paris, France Sunset Sunside
  • 10 | 2016 Zwolle, Holland Odeon de Spiegel
  • 07 | 2016 Amsterdam, Holland Het Concertgebouw
  • 07 | 2016 Amsterdam, Holland Het Concertgebouw
  • 11 | 2015 Rotterdam, Holland Lantaren Venster
  • 11 | 2015 Amsterdam, Holland NSJ Club
  • 11 | 2015 Tilburg, Holland Paradox
  • 11 | 2015 Wageningen, Holland Wageningen Club
  • 11 | 2015 Lisbon, Portugal CCB
  • 11 | 2015 Porto, Portugal Casa da Música
  • 05 | 2015 Rotterdam De Doelen
  • 05 | 2015 Europe International release tour
  • 10 | 2014 Paris, France Festival Jazz à la Cité
  • 01 | 2014 Rotterdam, Holland Lantaren Venster
  • 01 | 2014 New York, USA Blue Note Jazz Club
  • 01 | 2014 Philadelphia, USA Chris' Jazz Cafe
  • 01 | 2014 Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso
  • 11 | 2013 Zwolle, Holland Odeon de Spiegel
  • 10 | 2013 Caldas da Rainha, Portugal Caldas Nice Jazz Festival
  • 07 | 2013 Porto, Portugal Teatro Rivoli
  • 05 | 2013 Rotterdam, Holland De Doelen
  • 05 | 2013 Lisboa, Portugal Hot Clube de Portugal
  • 05 | 2013 Amsterdam, Holland North Sea Jazz Club
  • 05 | 2013 Figueira da Foz, Portugal CAE
  • 05 | 2013 Braga, Portugal Theatro Circo
  • 04 | 2013 Basel, Switzerland The Bird's Eye Jazz Club
  • 04 | 2013 Basel, Switzerland Roche'n'Jazz Series
  • 04 | 2013 Basel, Switzerland Off Beat Jazz Festival
  • 03 | 2013 St. Moritz, Switzerland Festival da Jazz St. Morritz - Winter Edition
  • 02 | 2013 São Paulo, Brazil SESC Sorocaba
  • 02 | 2013 São Paulo, Brazil SESC Pompéia
  • 02 | 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Triboz Centro Cultural
  • 10 | 2012 Amsterdam, Holland North Sea Jazz Club
  • 09 | 2012 Porto, Portugal Teatro Rivoli
  • 06 | 2012 Delft, Holland Delft Jazz Festival
  • 03 | 2012 Lorrach-Brombach, Germany Jazz Club Jazztone
  • 07 | 2010 Montreux, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2008 Porto, Portugal Casa da Música
  • 05 | 2008 Lisboa, Portugal CCB

Discography Maria Mendes

  • 2015 Innocentia Album | Sony Music Portugal/Harmonia Mundi
  • 2012 Along the Road Album | Dot Time Records NYC

Media

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Origin

  • Rotterdam NL

Founded

  • 2005

Members

  • Karel Boehlee piano
  • Jasper Somsen acoustic bass
  • Jasper van Hulten drums
  • Anat Cohen clarinet
  • Steven Kamperman clarinet