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Maria Joao / Linda May Han Oh - USA

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31 October | 20:00

Maria João is known for her vocal flexibility and improvisational skills. Although considered a jazz singer, she incorporates folk music, avant-garde, and electronica.

Her main musical partner is Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha. She has also worked with Aki Takase, Bobby McFerrin, David Linx, Dino Saluzzi, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Kai Eckhardt, Lenine, Manu Katche, Ralph Towner, Trilok Gurtu, Wolfgang Muthspiel, and OGRE. Maria João has participated in the most prestigious Europe and World Jazz Festivals.

Her career started at Lisbon’s Hot Club Jazz School, in 1982. One year later, she formed a quintet with Mário Laginha, Carlos Martins, António Ferro and Carlos Vieira. Together they recorded two albums – “Quinteto de Maria João” (1983) and “Cem Caminhos” (1985). At the time, she was already considered a true revelation in the jazz universe.

The regularity of her work with Laginha and the musical complicity established between the two incited them to put together a new personal acoustic project. This is how the record “Danças” was born (1993), the beginning of a duo that persists until today.

For Mário Laginha, making music is essentially an act of sharing, and he has done so with strong musical personalities. His duet with Maria Joao has resulted in one of the most consistent and original projects of modern Portuguese music. Together, they have recorded eleven albums. Once again, here jazz acts as a foundation: there are influences ranging from: African, Brazilian, Indian, pop, rock, classical, and traditional Portuguese music. The duet has participated in some of the most important jazz festivals in the world: Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.



31 October | 21:30

Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, LINDA MAY HAN OH began playing piano, bassoon and at fifteen dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in high school bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Linda studied at the W.A Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she graduated with first-class honors. Linda has received many awards such as an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award in 2008, second place at the Bass 2010 Competition, and an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. Linda also received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year and was 2012’s Downbeat Critic’s Poll “Rising Star” on bass.

After graduating from Manhattan School of Music, she has had four releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim, the first being “Entry” with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire. This album was listed in Artforum magazine as one of Vijay Iyer’s top ten of 2009. Linda has written for large and small ensembles as well as for film, participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop in 2011. She currently is based in New York City and teaches in the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music. As an active teacher she was also involved in creating a series of lessons for the acclaimed BassGuru app for iPad and iPhone.

She was a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship and is now a member of Pat Metheny’s most recent quartet project.


One ticket is for a festival evening and includes both concerts.