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Early Show: Fuensanta Méndez

Raw poetry and colorful improvisation meet in different constellations.

Singer, double bassist and composer Fuensanta Méndez was born and raised in the water forest of Veracruz (Mexico). There she started singing at the age of thirtheen and writing poetry at the age of fifteen. She moved to the Netherlands and in 2019 she graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. You can still hear where she comes from in her songs: the rawness, loneliness and surrealism of the water forest resonate strongly.

Now Méndez plays with her international music ‘family’ (Marta Arpini IT, Gabriel Milliet BR, Alistair Payne UK, José Soares PT, Teis Semey DK, Sun-Mi Hong KR, Guy Salamon IL). With these young fellow super talents she also recorded her live album ‘Ensamble Grande’, which was released last May. Together they play her compositions in a one-hour performance of music and poetry in different constellations. Poetry is leading within the compositions, but there is also a lot of room for improvisations by the musicians.

‘A rare musician because, above all, a spirit steeped in poetry. The images arising from the words that weave the lyrics of her songs compose rich paintings, with poetic realism similar to that of the frescoes […] which illustrate the aesthetics of her native country: Mexico. There is a mysterious telluric force in the poetry, music and singing of Fuensanta.’
(Serge Mariani – Art District Radio)

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Fuensanta Méndez vocals / double bass, Marta Arpini vocals / synthethizer, Gabriel Milliet vocals / flute, Alistair Payne trumpet, José Soares alto sax, Teis Semey guitar, Sun-Mi Hong korean drum / percussion, Guy Salamon drums