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Melissa Pinto Nieves

Through the music of Melissa Pinto, the rhythms from the coasts of Colombia are explored and fused with the language of jazz in the most refreshing way.  With her singular style, Melissa Pinto has become one of the promising voices in the modern Colombian music scene. Each and every piece is composed to exalt and highlight the elements from the Colombian coast folklore in contemporary music.

Melissa was born in Cartagena de Indias and is currently studying for a Master's degree at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She has performed at various festivals and stages of Colombia and Germany and recorded two albums: "Familia Caribe" (2017) and "Oí Na Ma" (2014)'. Because of the positive response of the public, the press categorized "Oí Na Ma" as one of the best recordings produced in Colombia in 2014 (Semana Magazine No. 1702).

Melissa Pinto played in Jazz Against the Machine Festival 2018 in Köln, she won the Peña de Mujeres 2016 Prize of FUGA and with her Quartet won the call Jóvenes Intérpretes 2016 of the Banco de la Republica. Also, Melissa Pinto Quintet was winner of a grant for national tour - IDARTES 2015, with which they toured the cities of Pasto, Cali and Medellin: Pastojazz, Ajazzgo and Medejazz Festivals in September 2015. They played live on national broadcaster Radio Signal Colombia in February 2015 and were invited to the Atlantijazz Festival 2014 in the city of Barranquilla.