Maria Quintanilla

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. - Todd Coolman, Grammy-Award winning bassist

Renato Diz | Maria Quintanilla

"Every song Renato and Maria perform is a journey, an intoxication of sound garnished with spontaneity that transcends style and instrument limitations. The line between singing, playing, interpreting and creating, vanishes completely when this duo occupies the stage with their magnetic presence!"

Pedro Marnoto Pereira, Film Director


Renato Diz and Maria Quintanilla take on eternal classics and garnish them with their irresistible touch, a touch that arises from their cultural backgrounds (Portugal and Peru) as well as the unique story behind their collaboration...

Not bound by style or instrumental limitations they decided to create their debut album entirely upon completely improvised arrangements of songs that marked their musical growth during their formative years.
Each song is an invitation to a journey filled with unexpected turns and in-between colors that will demand the listener's attention in every second.

Masterpieces like "Strange Fruit", "Calling You", "Just The Two Of Us" and "Autumn Leaves" are rediscovered, deconstructed and rebuilt with singular twists from the ever-evolving pianism of Renato Diz and the powerfully elastic voice of Maria Quintanilla.


Renato Diz - Piano & Extended Techniques
Maria Quintanilla - Voice

Recorded by José Diogo Neves in January 2015 at Daniel Lee Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA.


Photography - Sammy Yonjai Sohn 
Cover Design - Marta Soutinho & Nelson Luís.

Mixed & Mastered by José Diogo Neves in Tallinn, Estonia.

© 2016 W&J Productions. All rights reserved. 



"Stunning... Piercing... Enchanting!!!"

Randee Mia, Huffington Post

 

“Truly original and emotionally pure!”

Slava Malkin, DJ & Entrepeneur

 

“The duo of Renato and Maria is one of a kind. What I heard/saw on stage was two human beings interacting, offering a vast palette of human emotions and sensations - from playful joy to menacing anger; from sensuality to conflict. The stylistic palette is consequently ample, too. But talking about technique would be superfluous. When the emotion is so overwhelming, all you want to do is open your ears, eyes and mouth - asking for more!”

Louis de Mieulle, Bassist, Composer & Producer