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Joana Machado

Born in Funchal, Madeira, in 1978.

At age 6, she started her musical journey by taking piano lessons at the local Conservatory. Eleven years later, she moved to Lisbon and took classical singing lessons for a year. Later, in 1998, she entered Hot Clube's Jazz School. In the year that followed she was referred to as “New Voice Revelation” in Newest in Jazz, a special concert during Coimbra's Jazz Festival. At the same time she completed Industrial Design studies at Universidade Lus�-ada.

In 2001 she applied for New School University's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in New York City, and was given a Scholarship to complete her Major Degree. During that period, she was chosen to represent the school various times, including a student showcase at Birdland, where she was the only vocalist, singing alongside renowned artists such as Joe Lovano, Jesse Davis and Jane Ira Bloom. In March of 2003, DOWNBEAT Magazine mentioned her as “a talented vocalist”. In NY, she had the opportunity to study with Buster Williams, Doug Weiss, Joanne Brackeen, Jeannie Lovetri, Luciana Souza, Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan, Vic Juris, among others.

In July of 2002 she represented Portugal in IASJ's annual meeting (International Association of Schools of Jazz �” whose mentor is David Liebman) , this time in Helsinky (Finland).

Since she started her professional activity she has assumed the roles of both lieder and sideperson, in a variety of styles - from traditional Jazz to World Music - - Experimentalia and Idiosyncrasies are projects worth mentioning, groups she held with guitarist Afonso Pais during 2001/2002 and 2004/2005 respectively. She has equally performed with Jazz Orchestras, such as Lehigh Valley Jazz Repertory Orchestra, directed by Bill Warfield, New School University's Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charles Tolliver, and European Jazz Youth Orchestra (resulting in an international tour during the summer of 2004), this time directed by Pedro Moreira. Among her many performances she has paid tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Hermeto Pascoal, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Wayne Shorter.

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