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Fernanda Cunha

Fernanda Cunha

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About the Yardbird Suite

The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957.  It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is  an intimate,…

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From Rio de Janeiro and Edmonton


Fernanda Cunha - vocals
Chris Andrew – piano
Rubim de Toledo - bass
Edson Ghilardi - drums

Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $24.00 for EJS members; $28.00 for non-members/guests


Fernanda Cunha comes from a musical family. Her mother is a singer and her aunt, Sueli Costa, is a well-known composer in Brazil. She began performing in 1997 at various clubs around Rio de Janeiro. She then spent a couple of years living in the United States. Returning to Brazil, she has continued her musical career from her home base in Rio de Janeiro.

Fernanda made her first Canadian appearance at the Yardbird Suite in 2005 and has been a regular performer in Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast ever since.

In 2009, she explored the musical affinities between Canada and Brazil with her fourth album, appropriately entitled “Brasil Canada” featuring songwriters and musicians from both countries. It’s no secret that, although Brazil is Fernanda’s homeland and she performs at jazz festivals all over the world, Canada is her heart´s country.

Her 2017 recording “Jobim 90” was dedicated to the most important Brazilian songwriter, Antonio Carlos Jobim.

This year, she is releasing the CD "Fernanda Cunha Canta Filó Machado". Filó is a unique Brazilian songwriter with a colourful repertoire. The recording features her band including Ze Carlos on guitar, Camilla Dias on piano, Berval Moraes on bass, Helbe Machado on drums and Canada’s Reg Schwager on guitar.

For her fourth Yardbird Suite appearance, Fernanda Cunha is bringing her Brazilian drummer Edson Ghilardi. She will also be accompanied by two of Edmonton’s best – Chris Andrew on piano and Rubim de Toledo on bass.

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