San Miguel Jazz Festival is pleased to present an amazing concert to join this world-wide celebration of International Jazz Day. Enjoy a beautiful evening with our special guests.
Sofia Ribeiro was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She received different international awards: second prize of “Young Jazz Singers” (Brussels), first prize at “Voicingers” (Poland) and first prize at “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France). At Berklee, she was awarded the “Oliver Wagmann Memorial Scholarship”, for an “outstanding vocalist demonstrating academic excellence at the college”. In March 2008 she participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington, DC. She has recorded three CDs: “Dança da Solidão” (2006), in duo with Marc Demuth, “Orik” (2008) with the Marc Demuth 4tet, and “Porto” (2010), in collaboration with Gui Duvignau. She has been performing and teaching all over the world, more frequently in Europe and South America.
A pianist with astounding technique and boundless imagination, Alex Mercado is acclaimed for his ability to write striking compositions and create vibrant sonic landscapes that have resonated with critics and audiences alike in his native Mexico. On Symbiosis, his second trio recording after 2012’s The Watcher, Mercado takes us on a journey through a vibrant musical world full of engaging melodies and the dynamic improvisations that typify the finest in contemporary modern jazz. Featuring Antonio Sanchez & Scott Colley, and being selected as one of Downbeat Magazine Editors’ Picks for 2014, the album will introduce jazz aficionados outside Mexico to a virtuoso instrumentalist without peer in his homeland where he is the “1st Call” pianist of choice for Magos Herrera, Sachal Vasandani, Bryan Lynch, Camila Mezaand other visiting artists. Mercado’s career highlights to date include being commissioned in 2010 to arrange and perform as the featured soloist in the orchestral opening to Sir Elton John’s concert at Chichen Itza with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra; participating in 2011 as an arranger/composer on singer Magos Herrera’s album Mexico Azul, recorded in NYC with John Patitucci, Adam Rogers, Tim Hagans and Luis Perdomo; and being chosen in 2012 by the Mexican government to inaugurate with a solo piano concert the iconic City Of The Books, one of Mexico City’s most important and historic landmarks.
Artista Yamaha, y considerado por la crítica especializada como uno de los estandartes más importantes del jazz mexicano contemporáneo, Alex Mercado es Creador Escénico con Trayectoria del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – emisión 2017 – distinción que lo posiciona como uno de los músicos más productivos, originales y frescos de la escena musical actual.
Antonio has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States. He has been worked with prominent national and international jazz personalities. Since 1999 he has produced many concerts in Mexico with his band San Miguel Jazz Cats. Since 1997 he has worked in many capacities for the SMJF including: musician, director of education, musical director and producer. For five years he has delivered a series of concerts and didactic lectures on the history and appreciation of jazz at the festival. In 2006, Lozoya reactivated the festival and added blues performances to the program; since then, he has been directing SMJF. For his work, Lozoya was the 2014 beneficiary of the Performing Artists with Trajectory Award from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA).