Keynote speakers

Maria João

Maria João has built a surprising and brilliant career, highlighted by her performances in the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. Her career began at the Hot Clube de Portugal jazz School, and crossed over the borders in a just a few years - Maria João became one of the few Portuguese singers to achieve success and acclaim outside her country. Both the audience and the critics have been unanimous in their applause and consider her "a voice that goes all the way to the limit" and a "singer who is continually evolving".

Besides her long running partnership with Mário Laginha, Maria João's own discography includes: “Sol”; “João”, an album dedicated to Brazil's popular music; “Amoras e Framboesas”, with the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos; and “Electrodoméstico” / "Plástico" with her most recent project, OGRE; Maria João was the voice for "Agora Muda Tudo", a 2017 project under the baton of Nuno Côrte-Real was recently awarded best classical work by portuguese SPA awards; on the fall of 2017 she toured Europe alongside Egberto Gismonti, a longtime inspiration.

She has worked internationally with prestigious artists such as Aki Takase, Bobo Stenson, Christof Lauer, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Laureen Newton, Lenine, Guinga, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Trilok Gurtu, Ralph Towner, Manu Katché, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Frankfurt Big Band, and many others; her portfolio also includes a duet with Bobby McFerrin.

François Pachet

François Pachet is Director of the Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab since 2017. At Spotify he designs the next generation of AI-based tools for musicians. Prior to Spotify, François Pachet has been director of the SONY Computer Science Laboratory Paris. At SONY he set up a music research working on interactive music listening, composition and performance. 

He conducted the ERC-funded Flow Machines project, during which he developed technologies for style imitation under user constraints. This project produced the first mainstream music title: “Daddy’s car”. He then created the label Flow Records, which released "Hello World", the first music album composed with Artificial Intelligence. "Hello World" is the result of the collaboration between AI, Benoit Carré (aka SKYGGE) and many other musicians. He is also a jazz guitarist, and composer and performer of 2 music albums.