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
Fantine Tho & Friends
Maria recently participated in this great project of vocalist Fantine Tho;
with a beautiful vocal arrangement by the amazing Stanley Clementina! Featuring the wonderful Maureen Fernandes, Dwayne Lace, Rikke Korswagen (recording) & Marcel van Dam (video).
Enjoy the video!
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.
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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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