Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha (based in Rio de janeiro), has been a regular performer in Canada since 2005. She has performed coast-to-coast-to-coast: from Vancouver Island and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (several years), to the Alianait Arts Festival in Nunavut and Jazz Yukon series; from the Edmonton International Jazz Festival to the University of Toronto and other venues. She also has presented clinics/workshops at Mohawk College in Hamilton (Ontario) with Pat Collins trio and at Camthra Secondary School in Mississauga (Ontario), and a 1 week residency performing concerts at long-term care facilities as well as in local schools (kindergarten through secondary) in Qualicum Beach (BC) as part of the Harvest of Music Festival.
WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 17 / SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 / 9:00 TO 11:30 PM
WHERE: JAZZ BISTRO
ADDRESS: 251 VICTORIA STREET / TORONTO
COVER: $25 / DINNER RESERVATIONS: 416-363-5299
Fernanda Cunha + quartet: Reg Schwager on guitar, Tom Szcesniak on piano and accordion, Pat Collins on bass and Edson Ghilardi on drums.
In 2009, she explored the musical affinities between Canada and Brazil with her fourth album, appropriately entitled “Brasil Canada” featuring songwriters and musicians from both countries. It’s no secret that, although Brazil is Fernanda’s homeland and she performs at jazz festivals all over the world, Canada is her heart´s country.
Fernanda has toured in the most important jazz festivals in the world such as Wien Jazz (Austria), Jazz a Juan (France), Jazz al fin (Argentina), Borneo Jazz (Malaysia), among others. She is also member of the Latin Grammy awards since 2007 and she takes part of the Brazilian board held in Miami once a year.
In 2017 she recorded her 7th album of career, “Jobim 90” dedicated to the most important Brazilian songwriter: Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim (who would be 90 in 2017) left hundreds of wonderful tunes but Fernanda has chosen to record the songs he wrote melody and lyrics. Repertoire includes “waters of march”, “samba do avião”, “triste”, “chovendo na roseira” and others less recorded like “Angela”, “Passarim”, “Ana Luiza” and the unique “Two kites”(written in English by Jobim) and here with arrangement of the Toronto guitarist Reg Schwager.
In 2018 Fernanda produced the CD of the composer Sueli Costa, that was a live recording with her on some vocals plus another singer, Aurea Martins
In 2019 Fernanda is releasing the CD “Fernanda Cunha canta Filó Machado”. Filó is a unique brazilian songwriter with a colourful repertoire. Fernanda features her band including Ze Carlos, on guitar, Camilla Dias on piano, Berval Moraes no bass, Helbe Machado on drums and Reg Schwager (a canadian guitarrist featured on track 4).