C.O.N.C.E.R.T.S.

 

01.09.18 t.b.a. Germany

w/ Jonathan Ihlenfeld Cuñado & band

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

“..The journey in which Ara's Circle took the audience was unforgettable – a wide palette of Latin jazz music and tunes that won’t leave your head for a long time after the performance. Maria's voice brought such warm feelings that no one wanted to leave after the performance..”


- Saulkrasti Jazz Festival Review by Ieva Kalnina

About Ara's Circle's Album: 'That's it!':

 

 

“..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.

 

 

Maria Fernandez Alvarez has a sensuous voice that she uses to curl around the notes sending them in to rhapsodic ecstasy. These two musicians 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. - See more at: http://latinjazznet.com/2014/09/21/features/album-of-the-week/aras-circle-thats-it/#sthash.GXutcSa1.dpuf
Maria Fernandez Alvarez has a sensuous voice that she uses to curl around the notes sending them in to rhapsodic ecstasy. These two musicians 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. - See more at: http://latinjazznet.com/2014/09/21/features/album-of-the-week/aras-circle-thats-it/#sthash.GXutcSa1.dpuf

"..Maria Fernandez Alvarez proved her exquisite musicality.."

- Wolfgang A. Müller, Münsterische Zeitung,

Newspaper of Münster, Germany

with Ben Bönniger on drums, Oskar Otto on Bass & Peter Kräubig on piano

 

 

 

USA tour with ZaP MaMa:

 

"..the other female singers in the group (Maria Fernandez, Lene Christensen and Judith Okon) are no slouches. They are not just backing singers, they have a real interplay with Daulne as the team move in synchrony across the stage. Here is a group whose emphasis is vocal, their voices are the instruments teasing the audience with a sound that is at once Hip Hop and funk. They are a group that relies only minimally on the occasional accompaniment of guitar and keyboard.."  

 

- Dorothy Johnson-Laird for World Music Central.org About Zap Mama's performance
   at Global Fest, Webster Hall, New York CIty

 

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"..the exciting Afro-European vocal quintet, Zap Mama. Marie Daulne is the leader and founder of the a Capella group. The strikingly beautiful Daulne, along with her talented singers melted the hearts of many, infusing Afro-pop, urban, jazz, alternative funk and soul music.."

 

"..“Zapping” the crowd to a different place, the group definitely took me to a whole new world with their harmonies and beat-boxing. I found myself tapping my foot to the funky beat and scat singing. My favorite song is “African Sunset.” It is filled with tongue-and-teeth clattering vocals and percussion. This track definitely got the crowd bobbing their heads and kicking their feet. Daulne and her ladies surprised the audience with a dance routine comprised of sensual hip movements as they transitioned to an upbeat and exciting track.."

 

- Flor-Ann Estiler for fdrmx.com

  Webster Hall - New York City

 

 

"..Maria Fernandez Alvarez wowed the audience.."

".. Maria puts all her feeling into the introspective ballads,

but she also has an explosive side.."

 

 -Axel Engels, Münsterische Zeitung,

German Newspaper

Concert with the Bluesnight Band

 

 

      With The Jamal Thomas Band:

 

 

 

"..'Future'; the title track. Maria Fernandez Alvarez suits the song perfectly, the music fits her. A great song, a great singer.."

                                                  - Chocolate Music

 

"..A (backing) choir full of old school Soul & R&B.."

(with Maureen Fernandes)

                                                                      - MDR


"..The song "Future" is in the best of hands with Maria Fernandez Alvarez, or more precisely; the best of voices.."


- Dennis Hahn, BERLIN MAGAZINE

 

 

 

 

       With pianist Norman Peplow:

 

 


“… Refreshingly original arrangements…”
“…A voice we will hear much more of…”
- Ton Ouwehand – Tubantia (Dutch newspaper)


“...So few people, so much music!...”
“…Maria: What a voice and power!...”
- Jury Semi-finals “Artez Holland Casino Jazz Competition”


“...Superb singing with which the piano forms a perfect unity…”
“…Peplow approaches the repertoire in a creative and free manner,
giving the music a very original character...”
“...Fernandez & Peplow are capable of seducing the audience to take
part in their musical adventure…”
- Jury Final “Artez Holland Casino Jazz Competition”


"…With her beautiful voice she entranced the public through her
moving story, and was able to give a very beautiful performance..."
“…A very personal performance; Maria is someone who needs no
scenery…”
- Jury Final “Prix du Port”


…Maria; her whole being breathes music. During her performances she
keeps her audience captivated, both through her vocal expression and
body language…”
- Marja Reinders, vocal teacher at Artez Conservatory, The Netherlands


“…Maria Fernández Álvarez sang gently flying and highly expressive,
melancholic á la fado and slightly flirting…”
“…Through vocal variation and her nearness to the audience she
managed to bring across the message of the songs…”
- Ingmar Winter, Münstersche Zeitung (German newspaper)


“…This Spanish singer with the warm voice counts as a rising young
star in the Latin Jazz scene…”
- Rheinischer Anzeiger (German newspaper)

 

 

 

 

       With Maureen Fernandes

                        & Dwayne Lace:

 

"..they prove that they can really sing.."

- 3 voor 12 lokaal, vpro

Westfälische Nachrichten, German newspaper, 11/6/14
Westfälische Nachrichten, German newspaper, 11/6/14
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