Maria Mendes is a Portugese diva with a wide range of musical interests – she feels perfectly in jazz, tenderly sings popular music and can turn her clear strong voice into a melancholic one in fadu. Mendes has performed at the legendary New York Blue Note Jazz Club and has been cheered by the audience at Montreux Jazz Festival. All About Jazz writes: “Mendes clearly shows that she does not have to prove anything.”
Michael Pipoquinha, who has been in Latvia several times, already as a teenager charmed thousands of followers of his video channel around the world by his technical virtuosity. Presently the young musician is out for the world fame. Michael’s performance is rich in colourful Brazilian rhythms, unique slapping technique and ferocious grooves. The Standard Bank Jazz Festival has called him a sensational bassist.
The audience will hear Portugese and Brazilian music, enjoy Maria and Michael’s duo and programme Tribute to Jaco dedicated to the legendary American bassist Jaco Pastorius, which will be played by Michael and Latvian Radio Big Band.