Maria Quintanilla

"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

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