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Maria Rivas is a Venezuelan Latin jazz singer, composer, and occasional painter.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela of Spanish mother and Venezuelan father, Rivas gradually built her voice skills as a hobby, absorbing the influences of contemporary Venezuelan and Latin musicians. She only began singing in local night clubs and bars since 1983, but soon moved to Aruba where, for 2 years, she performed in a nightly jazz show named Sentimental Journey Through Jazz, where she astonished audiences with her mastery of Jazz variations, much in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and other. She returned to Caracas and began performing in its most important venues, she one of Venezuela's best loved performing artists. Her well-tuned voice, her command of English and Portuguese and her considerable personal charm have built her a large crowd of loyal fans. Also, she has become a leading voice in the region's environmental movement, which has earned her ample recognition. Her musical message as a composer often has ecological with sublim undertones.
In 2005 Rivas returned to Aruba to be part of the show "Good Save The Queen", a tribute to the rock band Queen. Since 2006 Rivas has spent 4 months each year in Tokyo, where she has found acclaim for her performances of Brazilian and Latin Jazz, sharing the summertime stage with the Indigo Trio, a local jazz ensemble in Roppongi, Japan.
Official Maria Rivas Home page
Europe Jazz Network (outdated)
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