“Diego Figueiredo is one of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life. The world needs to listen to his music” – George Benson
Friday, February 18th, 2022
Saturday, February 19th, 2022
THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM (doors to the venue open at 7:30PM)
“…a true virtuoso, jazz guitarist Diego Figuierido. Yes, we were all mesmerized by his amazing head of hair. But it was his incredibly fluid and natural performance style, his sense of true enjoyment as he dazzled us and his good-natured entertaining approach that truly grabbed us. Wow. I don’t even know what else to say. Seemingly effortless and thoroughly fabulous.
– Laura B. Whitmore / Guitar World Magazine
Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-ray-doe) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. He is only 37, and he has released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and he has played in more than 60 countries around the world. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, have created an explosion of adoring fans and concert-goers. Having received awards twice at the Montreux Jazz Festival as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert after another.
Diego has recorded and performed with big names like Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.
Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous, modern and innovative.
Recently featured in the Financial Times, breaking the Jazz Charts Top 5, and the Year End Jazz Week Top 50 (2020), Henderson’s eclectic vocal influences spread across genres producing a distinct yet versatile sound.
Henderson uncovers the layers of her diverse background in English and Spanish. Her compositions paint stories reflecting journeys imposed through the African Diaspora in connection to Henderson’s Panamanian, Montserratian, and vast Caribbean roots as they interplay with her North American upbringing.
Her original music is featured in The Drowning, (starring Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia, Josh Charles and Tracie Thoms), El Juego de Las Llaves, (Ela Velden, Maite Perroni, and Marimar Vega), and Romeo y Julieta (starring Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano).