Zoon van een deelneemster: "..Mama, ik vind mijn leven zo fijn. Het is echt beter nu dan eerst. Eerst werden we veel meer boos en nu veel minder. Ik ben echt blij, ik wil dat het altijd zo kan zijn.."
I had a wonderful time teaching Masterclasses and performing with Ara's Circle
at Saulkrasti Jazz Festival in Latvia
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“..Maria Fernandez Alvarez has a sensuous voice that she uses to curl around the notes sending them in to rhapsodic ecstasy..”
“..These two musicians (Arndt Beckman & Maria Fernandez Alvarez) put an infectious charm on the rest of the ensemble making it impossible for the rest of the musicians to resist the beguiling and delightful music. Such a maddeningly beautiful reaction from the musicians of a group may not be so rare, but the effect that Mr. Beckmann and Ms. Alvarez have on bass, drums, and brass and woodwinds is extraordinary. This has a dramatic chain reaction producing music that is gorgeous and unforgettable..”
- - Raul da Gama, for The Latin Jazz Network, Toronto, Canada
LJN Canadian Editor. Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a musician and an accomplished writer.
Check the review on Latin Jazz Network, Toronto, Canada
Latineo Soul Shake
Maria had the honour to write lyrics & make the vocal arrangement to Marc Bisschof's beautiful tune: 'Viejo añejado'
Band: Latineo Soul Shake
Music by Marc Bisschof
Backing Vocals: Maureen Fernandes, Geydi Gonzalez, Yumarya Grijt & Maria Fernandez Alvarez
Drums: Mark de Jong; Bass: Yerman Aponte; Piano: Marc Bisschof; Percussion: Leonyd Muñoz
Lead vocals, vocal arrangement & lyrics by Maria Fernandez Alvarez
The Jamal Thomas Band
& Fred Wesley
Tour with Funk Legends Jamal Thomas & Fred Wesley
The tour with Funk Legends Jamal Thomas & Fred Wesley was amazing! There were many wonderful special guests like Baatin (USA, ex-p funk member), Edward Grand (USA), Susanne Alt (DE/NL) & Jon Tarifa (NL/AL). Check out www.jamalthomas.com to listen to songs from the latest album, with Maria singing lead on the title track of the cd 'Future'.
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4 Years of Music Matters
'IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU' (Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe) &
'ALFONSINA Y EL MAR' (Ramirez/Luna)
With the wonderful Alexander van Popta (p) & Ulas Aksunger (perc)
a cloud of sound
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