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MARIA TECCE
Viva!

September 12 & 13, 8:45pm
Dublin Fringe Festival
The Bosco Theatre Tent
Iveagh Gardens, Harcourt St., Dublin 1

For complete details check
www.mariatecce.com ~ www.myspace.com/mariateccemusic

Tecce's vibrant new show 'Viva!' builds on her Barcelona series, with Argentinian tango, Spanish ballads, and swinging jazz moving seamlessly between the poetry of Spanish master poet of love Pablo Neruda. Powerful vocals combine effortlessly with Tecce's signature firey style and elegance, promising an intimate evening of riveting performance in English, Spanish, and Italian from this now Dublin-based singer who is fast becoming one of Europe's hottest jazz and cabaret artists.

Our Italian-American chanteuse returns to the Dublin Fringe Festival on September 12 & 13 after her sold-out concert run at last year's festival and performing in “Best Spiegeltent Show 2007” winner 'Cat's Meow'. Maria kicked off 2008 with nothing less than both guns blazing - lighting up the Irish airwaves with her new radio show “Red, Hot, and Tecce” on RTE Radio 1 and also taking on the acting mantle playing murdered wife 'Isabella' in the new BBC television series 'Inspector George Gentley', co-starring in playwrite Hugh Leonard's smash hit 'Roman Fever', and appearing in the Channel 4/BBC television series 'Rock Idols'.

Maria has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Dionne Warwicke, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, and the late Ronnie Drew of the legendary 'The Dubliners”. Her original songs are included on two separate CD compilations featuring the likes of Grammy Award Winners John Prine, Bruce Mathiske, Ron Sexsmith, and Bella Fleck as well as Irish artists Juliet Turner, Damien Rice, David Kitt, Paddy Casey, Hazel O’Connor, Jack L, and Luka Bloom. Theatre, television, and film collaborations include Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America), the Abbey Theatre, and the BBC/ITV.

Her arsenal of musicians include band members from Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, the BBC Big Band, and Jools Holland and already 2008 sees Maria touring to Paris, USA, Prague, Italy, U.K., Croatia, and Ireland and starting work on her third album later this year.
 
 
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Originally from Boston and now based in Dublin, Maria was groomed to be an English teacher from the time she could pick up a book. After graduating with a 3.9 GPA and her BA from Boston College in Massachusetts in 1990, fate intervened and turned her Westward instead, and she found herself living the life of a childhood dream - wrangling horses on a ranch in Wyoming 40 miles from nowhere in the wilds of America. For almost 10 years Maria uttered not a note of music nor stepped foot on a stage, making her way across the USA and eventually returning to Europe, where she had studied for a year at the University of Exeter, England in 1989. After a an Irishman enticed her come to Ireland, Maria finally found herself on the West coast of Ireland in a little town called Galway. She had £200 in her pocket and a guitar. That was in 1997.

After fighting for her Irish 'resident artist' status for over 4 years, Maria was finally granted leave to remain as an artist in 2001. This Italian-Polish American has steadily garnered acclaim as one of Ireland’s most accomplished and dynamic jazz vocalists and critics have lavished praise for her live performances, interpretation of material, and original work. Maria counts among her musicians members of bands from Van Morrison, Sister Sledge, Jools Holland, Lisa Stansfield, The Waterboys, and Paul Brady. Her one-woman jazz cabaret shows and music gigs have played to packed houses all over Ireland, Europe, U.K., and the USA, highlighting the most engaging qualities of Maria’s music - her wide audience appeal and powerful live performances.

2003 saw the release of her debut album “All About Love” and Maria quickly became a bright and fiery star on the music & acting scenes in Ireland, headlining arts, jazz, and world music festivals, including 5 years running at the international Cork Guinness Jazz Festival which has played host to the biggest names in jazz music past and present. She has gone from strength to strength and her cabaret and jazz shows continue to showcase not only this jazz chanteuse’s acclaimed vocal and interpretive talents but also “the demonstrative and effortless acting skills of a seasoned actor and performer.” The Tribune

Maria celebrated the launch of her second album “Torch Song” in September 2006 and caught the eye of Linn Records, one of the U.K.'s premiere jazz labels. Maria's original songs have also gained notoriety and are included on two separate CD compilations featuring the likes of Grammy Award Winners John Prine, Bruce Mathiske, Ron Sexsmith, and Bella Fleck as well as Irish artists Jack L, Juliet Turner, Damien Rice, David Kitt, Paddy Casey, Hazel O’Connor, and Luka Bloom.

Guest appearances in the last year are as diverse as supporting Dionne Warwicke and sharing the stage with Irish Legend Ronnie Drew of ‘The Dubliners’, which lead to regular requests to guest on radio and television programs in Ireland. Maria presents her own radio show, “Red, Hot, and Tecce”, on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland where she now makes her home.

This tour-du-force performer has performed from Belfast's Opera House to Prague Castle, the world famous ‘Spiegeltent’ venues in Europe and America to festivals and venues from New York to London's West End. She sells out and packs houses everywhere she goes, highlighting the most enduring qualities of Maria's music - her universal audience appeal and elegant, powerful live performances.

“…If cabaret legend Marlene Dietrich was the Queen of the 'Spiegeltent' venue when it toured back in the 1930s, then Maria Tecce is unquestionably its new crowning glory... “ Louis Courtney-Jones, FTM

“Bostonian Maria Tecce is one of the highlights of Europe's smart and adventurous cabaret scene. Her cheekbones can slice a man's ego in half, her smile could thaw Siberia, and the way she might direct her finely sculpted eyebrows at you is only frightening.” The Times

 
 
 
 

Film/Television/Theatre

Maria’s first professional acting job in Ireland only 5 years ago found her smack in the middle of Ireland’s most popular soap opera “Fair City” as the icy American boss from hell Camille Barnett. Since then, she has never looked back. Her television debut was quickly followed by Corca Corca Theatre Company’s (Ireland) sell-out success “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (where Maria played the two leading men’s roles ‘Oberon’ and ‘Theseus’), a role written for her by Jim Sheridan in his film “In America”, a host of other lead roles in theatre productions in Ireland and Europe. Favorite projects include co-starring in the European premiere of the Canadian play “Very Heaven” as lesbian cowgirl 'Lee' which ran at The Focus Theatre (Dublin 2004), touring with Storytellers Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed and award-nominated “Dream of a Summer’s Day” (Ireland 2005), and starring in the Theatre

Royal's new production of the German one-woman cabaret show “Tonight: Lola Blau” in (Ireland 2006) to ecstatic critical praise.

Kicking off 2007, Maria co-starred in Big Telly Theatre Co.'s (U.K.) new production of “The Country Boy” on its international tour February – March 2007. She was also snapped up to play murdered wife 'Isabella' alongside British star Martin Shaw in the new BBC television pilot series “Gentley's Last Case” and appears in a cameo role in the upcoming 2008 Channel 4/BBC television series 'Rock Idols'.

Above all, the continuing success of Maria's one-woman jazz cabaret shows in Irish and European theatre festivals and venues sees this multi-talented diva steadily gaining a rock solid reputation as one of Europe's most gifted, captivating, and powerful performers.

(See ‘Acting Experience’ at www.mariatecce.com for full listing of acting experience)

*FOR INFORMATION ON MARIA’S PERFORMANCES IN UPCOMING FESTIVALS AND GIGS PLEASE CHECK OUT www.mariatecce.com or www.myspace.com/mariateccemusic FOR FURTHER DETAILS…..

 
 
 
  Quotes from Reviews - Maria Tecce
  • “…Maria Tecce couldn’t do any more to evoke enduring elegance and insouciant patrician style.…her vocals move from vivacious scat to sensual purr with easily swinging jazz standards that exude effortless cool …” Mick Heaney, The Sunday Times
  • “…A truly amazing performance, Maria enthralled her audience with ease and bowled them over, truly mesmerised everyone with her velvety tones. Her album All About Love is out now, but do one better if you can and see her perform live.” Wayne Cronin, Dublin Daily
  • “. . . Earnest, smoldering, and sensual. . . unselfconscious and affecting vocals . . . stellar music and beautiful singing. . . “ – The Irish Times
  • “Musician, singer and actress Maria Tecce takes on the guises of the bruised, the brash, and the brittle...elegantly executed, (Maria) imperiously translates the songs into her own theatrical language. The reference points might be Ute Lemper, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald but the end result is totally Tecce.” - Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times
  • “Maria Tecce’s singing combines the intelligence of a musician with the beguiling power of a leading actress.” - The Sunday Tribune
  • “A stylish singer with a gift for getting the most out of the lyrics. . . intensely poignant. . . soulful, earthy, and full of yearning and heartbreak.” – The Sunday Independent
  • “…All About Love showcases Maria’s remarkable voice…there’s also a masterful rendition of ‘I Love’s You, Porgy’ and ‘Love By You’…Tecce’s own composition, ‘This Love Is Through’, is the work of a talented songwriter.”
    John Meagher, The Irish Independent
  • “Maria Tecce’s unaccompanied jazz number left the audience hungry for more. The chameleon-like nature of Maria’s talent emerged again with a delicate yet forceful mask opera piece for voice and guitar, arranged by the performer herself.” – The Galway Advertiser
  • “One of the freshest, rich voices on the folk and blues scene...a sensual angel on stage.” – Italian critic Manuela Crippa
  • “. . . This was followed by the stunning voice of Maria Tecce, actor/composer/singer, who had the audience in the palm of her hand. There can be little doubt that when the gods look down and finally smile on Maria’s prodigious musical gifts the world. . is in for something very special indeed.” – Jeff O’Connell, Editor, Galway Advertiser
  • “I’ve got to declare myself on this one. As far as I’m concerned Maria sings like an angel. My only complaint is that there’s only one track of hers on this CD.” – Irish critic Keith Barrett
  • “Next up on stage was the sultry jazz, blues, and cabaret singer Maria Tecce, whose version of the Spanish song ‘Besame Mucho’ stole the show.” – The Irish Times
  • “. . Maria Tecce was spellbinding.” – The Irish Independent
  • “…relaxed and melodious, Tecce is a versatile actress, musician, and cabaret performer and “Songs From The Homeland” lends credibility to her status as an interpreter with a foot in both camps [of music and text]…a tribute to her acting assurance as much as her voice control…” Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times
  • “…Tecce is a woman who exudes charm and a real joie de vivre…’All About Love’ produces a musical experience that is bitter and delicious, romantic and obsessive, tender and turbulent…” Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser
 
 
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