Maria de Fátima (jazz singer)

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Maria de Fátima (* 1956 in Lisbon ) is a Portuguese jazz singer with roots in Fado and Música Popular Brasileira .

Live and act

Maria de Fátima, the daughter of a singer, left Portugal at the age of 20 to work as a teacher and interpreter in Sweden for several years. There she discovered jazz. Between 1987 and 1992 she studied jazz singing at the Hilversum Conservatory in the Netherlands .

Her repertoire ranges from classical fados to her own jazz-inspired compositions to Música Popular Brasileira . She performed with a jazz band for numerous concerts in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany; the regular cast includes musicians such as Wolfgang Bleibel , Sebastian Altekamp , Nic Thys and David Jehn (bass) and Dré Pallemaerts (drums); but she also worked with Peter Herbolzheimer . In 2010 she won the highly endowed BMW Welt Jazz Award : “The jury was convinced by the consistency, the intelligence and also the finesse with which Maria de Fatima transferred her origins to jazz. Fado and the Brazilian musical tradition find their own language with her, passionately and with great intensity, ”the jury explained their decision.

Maria de Fátima teaches jazz singing at the University of the Arts Bremen and since 1993 at the music school of the city of Oldenburg. She has also taught several workshops for jazz choir and jazz singing in Germany and Austria. She is not to be confused with the fado singer of the same name.

Discographic notes

  • Quiet Waters (with Matthias Nadolny , David Jehn, Michael Berger)
  • Songlines & Maria de Fatima La Luna (with Wolfgang Bleibel, Sebastian Altekamp & string quartet)
  • Stella (with Sebastian Altekamp, Nicolas Thys ; Pirouet 2012)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. press release