The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

At the Avalanche Bar & Grill 275 8th Street, Courtenay

Fernanda Cunha with Reg Schwager

February 27th 2020

Members $10 non members $12

One of the most frequent questions we're asked is, "Can you please book more Latin American music?" The challenge, of course, is finding the artists who can perform this challenging genre. For those Latin lovers, this is your week when Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha takes the stage. Cuhna will be accompanied by Toronto's Reg Schwager, one of Canada's leading jazz guitarists, as part of their cross-Canada tour.

As Fernanda Cunha recently stated, "I was brought up in a rich musical environment in Rio de Janeiro, where I began my career in 1997. Since then I've toured Brazil, Europe and North America, performing at prestigious international jazz festivals."

Regular appearances at jazz festivals in Canada have helped to carve out a whole new fan base for Cunha's post-bossa groove, and she repaid the compliment with her CD "Brasil-Canada", released in 2009.

In 2017, Cunha celebrated the 90th anniversary of legendary songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim with her CD "Jobim 90". Jobim was a world-renowned songwriter, composer and arranger who transformed the extroverted rhythms of the Brazilian samba into an intimate music, the bossa nova (new trend), which became internationally popular in the '60's.

Bossa nova's fusion of understated samba pulse (quiet percussion and un-amplified guitars playing subtly complex rhythms) and gentle, breathy singing with the melodious and sophisticated harmonic progressions of cool jazz found a long-lasting niche in popular music.

Cunha's regular accompanist Reg Schwager was born in the Netherlands. His playing reflects a thorough understanding of the entire history of the bossa genre, from the pre-swing through the free jazz movements. He has attended workshops and classes with such Brazilian masters as Guinga, Dori Caymmi, Marcos Silva, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos and Hamilton de Holanda, mainly at the California-Brazil Camp. In 2015, Schwager collaborated with Cunha in writing two songs for her sixth CD, "Olhos de Mar" and recorded her 7th album "Jobim 90" and the new CD "Fernanda Cunha canta Filo Machado".

This will be a rare opportunity to sit back and enjoy an evening of exciting romantic Brazilian music with friends in the warm Thursday Night Jazz setting at

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