This is a special evening of Fado and Jazz.
Fernanda Paulo is a Portuguese singer and actress. Departing from Fado and its themes, Fernanda Paulo presents theatre and music shows, marked by the multidisciplinary fusion of styles, seeking new paths, without disregarding tradition. Her latest album “Ar de Fado” shows the spirit of the traditional fado.
We can find the Portuguese “saudade” and a lot of other strong feelings in her voice.
Renato Diz is a Portuguese pianist, composer, arranger, improviser, producer and educator based in New York City. Born in Porto, Portugal, Renato studied exclusively classical piano for the first 12 years of his life, under supervision of Rui Pintão, however with the intention of becoming a psychologist.
A chance encounter with jazz at the age of 16 – a performance by renowned Portuguese jazz pianist and composer Carlos Azevedo – changed his life and he decided, literally overnight, to become an artist. He became the first (and only) private student of Carlos Azevedo and went on to win one of two open spots at the leading jazz program in Portugal and Spain for a bachelor’s degree in jazz
Maria Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is an award winning New York based vocalist, composer, and music educator. Her insatiable curiosity has enabled her to perform and record in a wide spectrum of styles that range from classical to jazz, funk to pop, soul to latin. Despite her young age, Maria Quintanilla has toured all over Europe, North and South America, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with award winning artists such as mentor Jon Faddis, Steve Turre, Tia Fuller and Renato Diz amongst others. She has been recognized as a performer with poise far beyond her years and with having an exceptional ear for raw vocal expression.