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María Toro

Jazz/Pop

Biography

María Toro has been leading a project for more than fifteen years that spans several countries and continents, combining her repertoire with the cultures that surround her in a musical voyage of discovery without end. She started playing the flute at the age of eight, graduated in her hometown of A Coruña, and then moved to Madrid, where she combined her jazz studies at the Escuela Creativa with her interest in flamenco. In 2010, she began her international journey by joining the Zurich-based international flamenco troupe Flamencos on Route. In 2011, she settled in New York, where she recorded her first album -A contra luz- on flamenco jazz, with a band that includes Jean Michel Pilc on piano. She also performs on stage with musicians such as Richard Bona and Jack DeJohnette.

In 2014 she left the United States and moved to Brazil, where she became part of the bubbling music scene of Rio de Janeiro. Accompanied by musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal and others, she recorded her second album -Ararasin 2016, adding a Brazilian cadence to her proposal. The following year she returned to Madrid, where she maintained a stable band and made numerous international tours. In 2020 she recorded Fume, the third album that concludes her special journey.

María Toro incorporates the different contexts she has passed through into her music, a continuous learning process that is reflected in her work. In the last ten years, the flutist has worked in Switzerland, the United States, and Brazil, where she has also lived. In Switzerland, she composed her first album (A Contraluz, 2014, reissued by Jazz Activist 2017), which took her to several European cities and was recorded in New York. She composed and recorded Araras (Jazz Activist, 2018) in Brazil while presenting her first album. And now she has done the same in Spain with the new album Fume (Jazz Activist, 2020) while touring the world with the repertoire of the previous albums.

With an idea born in flamenco and grown in jazz, Toro has spent years paving the way for her language. Her constant traveling has allowed her to be infected by local musicians without abandoning her roots, adding accents and textures to her solo work. Whether with leading European artists, from the New York jazz scene or with leading figures in Brazilian music, the project has a common denominator: Maria's unmistakable signature. Equipped with a melodic personality recognizable from the first note, Toro has combined her skills as a composer with a high level of arrangements and production. All of this bears her signature, regardless of her accompanists, and makes clear a truth that is as clichéd as it is overwhelming: music knows no boundaries. And when it is transported through Toro's voice, it becomes decisively universal.

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