SONGS FOR SHAKESPEARE – БШФ 2023
јуни 29, 2023
Народен Театар Битола
Концерт на Maria João и OGRE electric quartet – Португалија
Огнен Дранговски, Славчо Јовев и Музичари од Камерен Оркестар на Битола IWConnect
About us: Maria João | OGRE electric
We’re an innovative jazz & electronic quartet that fuses different musical styles, from funk and hip hop to pop and classical — all showcasing Maria João’s unique, internationally acclaimed vocal style.
We’ve been creating music together for 13 years, and our most recent source of inspiration has been The Bard himself.
The project: “Songs for Shakespeare”
Our most recent album, “Songs for Shakespeare,” breathes fresh life into Shakespeare’s immortal words.
First performed at The Gyula Shakespeare Festival in 2015 and later touring to Gdańsk and Itaka, the project was so successful that in 2022 we expanded it, collaborating with a Shakespearean actor live onstage and adding depth with a nine-musician classic ensemble.
Songs for Shakespeare fuses the genius of one of the world’s best-loved writers with a bold, innovative electronic style. See what others are saying about Maria João | OGRE electric:
“Maria João, the Mozambican-born Portuguese singer, uses a medley of unfamiliar techniques with a timeless voice whose range rivals the accompanying keyboards’. Delightful and surprising improvisation games conjure a whole world of characters.”
“As usual, OGRE presented perfectly paced yet unpredictable compositions, (…) a well-structured and incredible arsenal of harmony. Its overall effect, accompanied by loud subwoofers, provides a background for delicate and feminine themes – all this during an 80-minute performance that crossed musical borders.”
Watch, listen and enjoy
Have we sparked your curiosity? You can check out our recently released music video:
Love Looks Not With The Eyes (our official music video):
And this sample of a recent live performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_j0mJS42DE
(forgive the audio quality; this wasn’t a professional recording!)
Here’s also the full album:
“Songs for Shakespeare” is led by our core quartet:
Maria João – Vocals
João Farinha – Keyboards and Synthesizers
André Nascimento – Electronics
Silvan Strauss – Drums
The performance is at its strongest when accompanied by a range of classical musicians and a Shakesperean actor.
We currently have arrangements for both a 9-musician ensemble, and for a symphony orchestra.
Maria João’s social media links
Listen to Maria João:
SHAKESPEARE ON | OFF program: FUNK’D UP