Maria Mendes feat. Metropole Orkest & Jochen Neuffer

Close to Me - Fado & Jazz in symphony
  • Fri 23 Sep ’22
    20:15 - 22:10
    doors open 19:00
    Grote Zaal

An unforgettable live performance of acclaimed fado & jazz

From her native Portugal to her current home in Rotterdam, Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-nominated singer and composer Maria Mendes has traveled through a wide world of musical expression and broad influences.

Mendes' journey has taken her around the world and across the boundaries between different musical styles. On her latest release, Close To Me (Justin Time), the versatile jazz singer explores Fado, the melancholic music that originated in Portugal, for the first time. However, the project is far from a traditional take on the genre; Working with Grammy-winning arranger/pianist/producer Jochen Neuffer and the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra, Mendes finds her own signature connection to the music of her homeland. Close to Me is the winner of the Edison Jazz Awards 2020 in the Jazz Vocal National category.

To date, Mendes has released three standout solo albums – Along the Road (2012), Innocentia (2015) and Close To Me (2019) – enthralling audiences around the world, from small clubs to major venues, including the world-famous Concertgebouw. in Amsterdam, as well as the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. She had the honor of being the first Portuguese artist to headline the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Mendes is also the first female Portuguese artist to receive a Grammy nomination.

This year a long-cherished wish of the singer will come true: to perform Close To Me live. Together with Jochen Neuffer  and the Metropole Orkest, Mendes will tour the Dutch halls this year for an unforgettable live performance of this widely acclaimed project. The repertoire for the concerts will consist of new arrangements specially adapted to the Metropole Orchestra and new material by the singer will also be heard. The concerts also form the basis for recordings of a new live album that will be released this fall.

A jazz singer of the highest order whose poise is as impressive as her strength

DownBeat Magazine


Maria Mendes vocals and arrangements | Jochen Neuffer conductor, pianist and arrangements | Cedric Hanriot pianist | Jasper Somsen double bass | Mario Costa drums | Metropole Orchestra