Maria Alejandra Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is a multi-award winning vocalist, composer, and producer based in the heart of New York City. Her insatiable curiosity has enabled her to perform and record in a wide spectrum of styles. Despite her young age, Maria Quintanilla has toured all over Europe, North and South America, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with award winning artists such as mentor Jon Faddis, John Benitez, Steve Turre and Tia Fuller, amongst others. She has been recognized as a performer with poise far beyond her years and with having an exceptional ear for raw vocal expression.
Maria's debut duo album Distance Chemistry with virtuoso pianist Renato Diz was well received by crossover lovers of jazz and contemporary music. Unbound by style or instrumental limitations their debut album was built entirely upon improvised arrangements of songs that marked their musical growth during their formative years. Masterpieces like "Strange Fruit" and "Calling You" are rediscovered, deconstructed, and rebuilt with singular twists. Their original composition "Conversation II" was made into a short film under the same title and directed by Pedro Marnoto.
Ms. Quintanilla released her second album as a co-leader alongside her collaborator Renato Diz and Taiwanese percussionist Sayun Chang. Together, their debut album Breathing Taiwan, is a unique blend of compositions that tell the compelling stories of Taiwanese tribe traditions.
NYC: Joe's Pub, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Blue Note
Los Angeles, CA: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Porto, Portugal: Hot Five Jazz Club
Miami, FL: Museum of Contemporary Art
Montreal, Canada: International Portuguese Festival of Montreal
Maria Quintanilla is a gifted and dedicated vocalist. She possesses excellent musical skills, has a great ear, and communicates in a very intimate and direct way with her audience. She is a complete musician. Keep your eye on her and an ear to the rail. You will be hearing a great deal about her very soon, if you have not done so already.
Todd Coolman, Grammy award winning bassist
Maria Quintanilla is a first-class musician who happens to be blessed with a beautiful voice. As such, she's what anyone would like to be - a trust-worthy and highly skilled purveyor of truth through music. Long may she swing!
Pete Malinverni, Steinway artist and composer
Working with Maria is one of the best and most emotional experiences in my career as a sound engineer. Her voice is full of emotion, soul and beauty, and it's hard not to get emotional while working on one of her tracks. Maria is a unique talent and she always, always delivers!
Jose Diogo Neves, recording, mixing, and mastering engineer
What a dynamic voice! With such command of melodies and harmony, it was indeed a pleasure to share the stage with her.
Melvin Lee Davis, bassist, music director