Irinea Maria Ribeiro Quartet

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the Fall & Winter, the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto showcases some of the most important instrumentalists on today’s jazz scene performing for your pleasure in the cozy intimacy of one of Toronto’s best-loved lounges.  

After touring throughout Brazil to celebrate the May 2016 release of her exciting debut CD “Lições de Vida – 55 Years of Song”, revered Brazilian songwriter and guitarist IRINÉA MARIA RIBEIRO includes a performance at the Home Smith Bar on her brief September stop in Toronto, in concert with piano maestro and ethnomusicologist Gord Sheard and Irinea’s daughter Luanda Jones on vocals.

As a monumental celebration of her successful and incredibly storied career, Ribeiro entered the studio with a number of her fellow singers and musicians to record 50 Years of Song, her first album of original compositions in her five decades in music.  The 15-track collection, written and performed by the Rio de Janeiro native presents a varied selection of songs representing the musical diversity of Brazil’s MPB sceneAs a songwriter, producer, and music director, Irinéa Maria has been a fixture in the Brazilian music since the boisterous early ‘60s.

Her music has been recorded by a notable roster of influential artists and musicians including Zezé Motta, Tim Maia, Sandra de Sá, Maria Creuza, Cauby Peixoto, Jane Duboc, and many others.  50 Years of Song calls on the talents of an equally esteemed list of musicians anyone would be honored to have with them in the studio including Kiko Continentino, Itamar Assiere, Antonio Adolfo, Fernando Merlino, Rômulo Gomes, Marcio Iacovo, Max Dias, Jorge Roberto Martins, Célio Balona, and Jean Charneax.

“Irinéa Maria Ribeiro is a fantastic songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in the classic Brazilian popular music tradition (and the mother of Toronto resident, and my friend and colleague, Luanda Jones).  Irinéa came of age during the bossa nova era at the epicentre of the explosion of the new music, Copacabana, studying  guitar with Bossa great Roberto Menescal (composer of “Little Boat” aka “O Barquinho”). Since then she has written many songs that have been covered by top Brazilian artists. She’s only now, at the age of 70, releasing her first album as a solo artist. Having listened to the music and performed it with Irinéa, I can unreservedly say it’s like discovering a lost masterpiece of Brazilian song, beautiful and very sophisticated on all levels, melodic, harmonic, and lyric.”

Gordon Sheard, PhD in Ethnomusicology Department Head, Humber College, Toronto

This evening’s IRINÉA MARIA RIBEIRO TRIO features touring Brazilian jazz superstar IRINÉA MARIA RIBEIRO on guitar and vocals, GORD SHEARD on piano, EZEQUIEL ‘ZICAMAN’ SILVA on bass, and LUANDA JONES (voice), entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.

Jazz Entertainment 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
* Minimum Food & Beverage * $ 20.00 per person 
* Tax & Gratuity Additional 
*  Limited Seating Available / No Reservations 

Location: Home Smith Bar September 9th