Tuesday 12 Oct // 21:00



With African, Syrian/Lebanese, Portuguese and indigenous roots, Monica Freire is a proud example of Brazil’s cultural fusion. She grew up in the nourishing environment of Bahia, cultural cradle of Brazil, of Afro-Brazilian music and the land that inspired Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Joao Gilberto.

At the age of 17, Monica took over from major Brazilian star Daniela Mercury to become the new lead singer of the celebrated band Bloco Pinel, performing with them at the Salvador Carnival. One year later, she left for the Caribbean island of waSaint-Martin, where she sang for a few months before boarding a yacht and sailing to France, where she lived for nearly two years.

Monica came to Montreal in 1993 and first sang with the Paulo Ramos Group. This is where she met bassist, composer and essential collaborator Dan Gigon. She then enjoyed enormous success in Japan, making it possible for her to record two albums, which appeared in succession in 1996 (Monica, Samson Records) and 1997 (Monica II, Apes Records). The first CD became top-selling world-music album of 1997 in Japan.

Bahiatronica, Monica’s first album with the independent label Audiogram, is a musical hybrid where forceful Afro-Brazilian rhythms embrace delicate electronic tones. Tribal and electronic sounds whisper sweet nothings to each other, while Monica’s warm tropical voice permeates and caresses the senses. The album is the fruit of a collaboration with some of today’s best Brazilian musicians (among others, Luiz Brasil, (winner of a Grammy with Cassia Eller and guitarist/arranger for Caetano Veloso), percussionist Marcos Suzanno (Lenine, Sting),  Marcio Vitor (percussionist with Caetano Veloso), and two of the best Canadian musicians : co-producers  Marc Lessard et Guy Dubuc. Singer Ariane Moffatt joins in for  a surprising rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Georges Moustaki’s Les Eaux de Mars. Bahiatronica is a perfect symbiosis between North and South America, a colourful sonic mosaic!

Mônica created Na Laje, an album that has captured the full arc of this thrill seeker’s artistic evolution. Produced by Brazilian musical titan Liminha, Na Laje expresses a profound respect for traditions, coupled with a passion that cannot resist shaking them up: a soul that is infused with the past even as it faces far into the future.

Brasil’s new generation of innovative singer-songwriters has given us Mônica Freire, who weaves the nation’s roots music and electronica into a surprisingly rich and sparkling mosaic.

On tour, Monica is very happy to play with a few of the very talented musiciens that recorded her last 2 records. They are very much part of Montreal’s musical scene vitality and creativity today, and on stage they joint forces with Monica to offer a unique and colorfull performance.


“It’s not every night that you’ll live such moments of bliss, even for someone who sees show after show. Monica Freire’s got that knack (…) Not only does she craft truly elegants songs, at once smooth and catchy, she also makes sweet music for the body and soul.”

Alexandre Vigneault, La Presse

« Fascinating experience and a real treat for the ears »

Sylvain Cormier, Le Devoir

“What a magnificient record! Of the highest standards”

Monique Giroux, Fréquence Libre, Radio-Canada

“The album is right up there with some of the best productions of its kind on the international scene. . Bravo! 9/10 »

Yves Bernard, Ici Montréal

“This is a fully embodied and well produced record. »

Alain Brunet, La Presse

“This show is a credo: Brasil, truth, modernity!”

Ralph Boncy, l’Actualité

Musicians of  Monica Freire Quartet

Mônica Freire : voice, accoustic guitars, percussion

Dan Gigon : electric bass, loops

Guy Kaye : guitars

Benjamin Vigneault  : drums

Dan Gigon

Monica Freire’s bass player and musical director, Dan Gigon has toured in many countries around the globe, and played with singers and groups ranging from pop to jazz to world music. Dan also won a Juno Award as a producer for Paulo Ramos’s  Cd «Africa do Brasil».

Guy Kaye

Guitar player Guy Kaye has been working as a musician, arranger, producer and film and television composer in Montreal for 20 years. He has played with Youssou’n Dour, Celine Dion, Paul Anka, Garou, Lara Fabian, Michel Legrand, Cirque du Soleil, etc…

Benjamin Vigneault

Benjamin Vigneault is a young and very talented drummer, who is part of Montreal new sound, playing instrumental jazz-funk with his own group Coyotte Bill, afro-beat with Afrodizz, electro-rock with Hombre, or pop with Catherine Major.

The tour of Monica Freire Quartet in China on October 2010 is supported by  the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec and the Canada  Council for the Arts.

  • Start: 21:00
  • Tickets: Rmb 80 / 50 (presale)