Amanda Martinez in concert to launch Libre With Special guests including Donné Roberts, Echo women’s Choir and cellist Harold Birston

  
  Isabel Bader Theatre, Charles Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

June 22 
Amanda Martinez has a brand new album coming out she will launch on June 22 at Isabel Bader Theatre with her award winning 6 piece band and special guests.

The Canadian singer-songwriter  takes stock of her place as an artist, friend, daughter and mom with a rich, lived-in mix of African and Latin-American rhythms and musical styles.

The lineup for this concert:

  • Amanda Martinez – vocals
  • Kevin Laliberte – guitar
  • Drew Birston – bass
  • Rosendo “Chendy ” Leon – percussion
  • Alexander Brown – trumpet
  • Osvaldo Rodriguez- violin
  • Harold Birston- cello
Special guests including Donne Roberts (guitar and vocals) and more. Produced by Juno Award-nominated Kevin Laliberte, Libre is Martinez’s most musically eclectic recording yet. She called on an impressive group of collaborators, including artists such as Cuban-born, Miami-based singer-songwriter Elsten Torres, Canadian jazz singer Kellylee Evans, Malagasy guitarist and singer Donne Roberts and Sudanese multi-instrumentalist Waleed Abdulahmid. She is backed by her band of the past 15 years, with Laliberte on guitar, Alexander Brown on trumpet and flugelhorn, Osvaldo Rodriguez on violin, Drew Birston on bass and Rosendo “Chendy” Leon on percussion.

“My initial idea was to create an album with influences from Africa, where my mother is from,” Martinez explains. “But as I worked on it, and different people came into my life, the concept evolved, and I realized I wanted the freedom to include songwriters from other places and from different genres. That led to the idea of Libre — free. It involved taking risks because it’s different from what I have done before … But if you are creating an album called Libre, free, you have to take chances.”

June 22 – 8pm

Isabel Bader Theatre – 93 Charles Street West
Tickets – Ticketpro.ca

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