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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amanda Martinez - Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 PM, Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory

Toronto, ON. October 8, 2009: A new concert hall, a new recording and a new chapter in the promising career of Canadian Latin-jazz songstress Amanda Martinez begins at Koerner Hall on October 23rd, 2009. Backed by an award winning 6-piece band featuring guitarist Kevin Laliberté and special guests including pianist Robi Botos, Martinez will debut a bevy of songs penned for her long-awaited sophomore release, Amor – a disc radiant with the soulful array of original bossa-infused Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Mexican folk songs that have been earning the Toronto-based Martinez rave reviews across the country. The concert will also feature a string quartet led by Vancouver based cellist Harold Birston.

Perhaps best known to Toronto Latin music fans as the charismatic host of the JazzFM.91's Cafe Latino, Amanda Martinez is a staple on the city's Latin live music circuit. Her lustrous vocal stylings and emotive delivery have prompted notable praise from critics including CBC Radio Host Matt Galloway who states her new album Amor is “a tremendously confident leap ahead from her Sola debut; polished but with none of the passion missing. Slow dancing is encouraged."

In February 2008, Martinez accepted an invitation to travel with award winning guitarist Jesse Cook to perform at the International Jazz Festival of Dubai and then to New York to perform at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Centre. Her talents have been recognized with the Emerging Artist Award from FACTOR, 3-consecutive National Jazz Award nominations (2007-2009) including Latin Jazz Singer of the Year; and an invitation to make her debut at New York’s legendary Blue Note Club this November.

Born in Canada to a Mexican father and South African mother, Amanda grew up in a house that loved music. Although she spent her school years studying classical piano and ballet, Amanda obtained an undergraduate degree in biology and later completed her master’s degree in international business. It was only after her first year as associate director of finance at one of Canada’s leading banks that she made the decision to pursue music professionally. Her debut album “Sola” won Best World Music at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, selling over 6000 copies and becoming Toronto’s top selling independent release.

AMANDA MARTINEZ
Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 pm
Koerner Hall / 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto / Tickets $49.50 - $39.50
Roy Thomson Hall Box Office - 416-872-4255 / www.roythomson.com
The Royal Conservatory Box Office - 416-408-0208 / www.rcmusic.ca

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