Opening Gala Concert

Thursday 13 September 2018, 22h00 - 23h30, CCB Big Auditorium

Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos with special guests Maria João (voc), João Paulo Esteves da Silva (piano), João Mortágua (sax) and João Barradas (accordion). 

Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM) was formed in 1999 with the support of the Municipality of Matosinhos. It’s an active promoter of new music, including its creation and spread, while also supporting jazz investigation and education. It manages to merge an international ambition with the awareness of its local responsibility.

The uniqueness of OJM is revealed in the versatility that allows it to play the role of a national jazz orchestra while performing repertoires of all aesthetic variants and ages of jazz. Conducted by Pedro Guedes and Carlos Azevedo, it has worked with Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, John Hollenbeck, Jim McNeely, Kurt Rosenwinkel, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Carlos Bica, Ingrid Jensen, Bob Berg, Conrad Herwig, Mark Turner, Rich Perry, Steve Swallow, Gary Valente, Dieter Glawischnig, Stephan Ashbury, Chris Cheek, Ohad Talmor, Joshua Redman, Andy Sheppard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maria Rita, Maria João, Mayra Andrade, Manuela Azevedo and Sérgio Godinho. It has also shared the stage with Remix Ensemble, Casa da Música/Porto Symphony Orchestra and Matosinhos String Quartet. 

In October 2017, OJM was invited to participate in the ceremonies of the 107th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Portuguese Republic, at the São Bento Palace in Lisbon. The Portuguese Prime-Minister and the Portuguese Culture Minister honoured the orchestra with the Medal for Cultural Merit.

Since 2018, OJM is based at the CARA – High Performance Centre for the Arts, in Matosinhos. Launched by the orchestra, this project promotes dialogues between art, science and technology, nurturing the investigation and development of ideas for the conception, fruition and spread of creative contents.