Valeria Matzner

In the veins of this singer flow the rhythms and melodies of South America, where she was born and raised. The dance-inspired African Candombe, the excitement of Brazilian samba and the sweet seductiveness of bossa nova insinuate their way into everything she does. By the age of 16 she formed and composed for her own group, leading them to the "South by Southwest" music festival in Austin, Texas. Since coming to Canada she has been a featured performer in bands led by Pepe Danza, Daryl Jahnke, Jack Duncan, Salvador Ferreras, Lachel Cercel and Mike Braverman. Upon moving to Toronto she has performed with bands led by Juno nominee composer Darren Segismund, Alan Hetherington, Maninho Costa from Brazil, and is currently performing with Toronto based Maderaz. In 2008 Valeria Matzner trio was featured at the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) conference in Toronto.

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