Duos seem to give the Portuguese singer Maria João wings: at the end of the 80s she worked together with pianist Aki Takase and has been in close musical partnership with Mário Laginha since the 90s–two extremely fruitful collaborations. And now she is working together with multi-instrumentalist and composer Egberto Gismonti, who has long combined his sources of inspiration jazz, South American folklore and modern music to something highly original. His first album, released in 1969, was still inspired by bossa nova. “Dança das Cabeças” was released on ECM in 1977 together with Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and was a worldwide success. Alongside this, he was pianist and guitarist at the side of Jan Garbarek, Miles Davis and Charlie Haden, to name just a few. Gismonti, once described as an intellectual romantic, has an incredible wealth of ideas for his instruments, which Maria João has for her voice: she whispers, hisses, carols, screams, attracts, floats, dances, breathes and always sounds as if she is surprising herself in that very moment and on the verge of emotional turbulences. Both João and Gismonti tell stories with their instruments, which include the voice. And they are attentive listeners. This is the duo’s secret: listening carefully to each other and picking up and continuing with what was said. This dialogue started its course last year in Italy and is now beautifully being continued at Enjoy Jazz.