She’s been developing her repertoire with a number of new sounds, and some of that work will be showcased.
Jones’ concert at this year’s festival, however, sees her share the stage with the formidable São Paulo pianist Benjamim Taubkin, who’ll perform his own compositions along with his takes on Brazilian and other pieces. (The new piano Lula Lounge brought in a couple of months ago is proving a worthwhile in-house investment!)
It’s a solo concert by the internationally acclaimed Taubkin, featuring his compositions as well as his takes on great Brazilian and international composers, all based on work originally recorded live at New York’s renowned Fazioli Salon.
Taubkin, who has worked with Rafael Rabello, Paulo Moura, Joao Bosco and The Brazilian Jazz Symphony Orchestra, is considered a top collaborator; Jones will sit in on one tune.
For her set, Jones brings nine new originals to perform with a band that includes, for the night, composer Gordon Sheard of Jones’ Brazilian jazz project Sinal Aberto.
They’ll play one of Sheard’s own tunes, Forrocatu (a portmanteau of the northeastern Brazilian musical styles forró and maracatu). And Taubkin will reciprocate by joining in on a tune or two during her set, which includes new departures touching on Afrobeat, bossa and other, more experimental sounds.
Later, the night transitions to a party vibe with DJ General Eclectic and featuring Colombian-born, Toronto-based Lido Pimienta, the visual artist and curator behind Lula’s innovative Bridges series. Expect all the good Afro-Brazilian, Latin and funk goodness (and it’s a holiday Monday the next day so no excuses!). Plus there will be a photo exhibition of images from Colombia in the lounge, provided by Amnesty International’s Toronto chapter as part of their Week of Action for the Rights and Survival of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia.