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For Release on International Women's Day 03.08.24

"Irene's effortless delivery captures the audience's attention immediately, while her intense charisma seals the deal for anyone attuned to the power of song and dance." - Eric St-Laurent (Guitarist, producer)


FOR RELEASE: Fri March 8th, 2024


Wed March 6th, 2024 @ LULA


World/Global music, Spanish, Latin, Pop Latino, Latin jazz, (Peruvian) Folk, Afro-Peruvian, South American, Música Criolla


Natalia LaFourcade, iLe, Mon Laferte, Monsieur Periné, Battle of Santiago, Okan, Julieta Venegas, Rita Payés, La Lá, Antonia Jones, Susana Baca



1. A Èl Que No Adivina (0:46) Luis Orbegoso / Dhany Mario Rivas Rosas

2. Mirada (3:24) Irene Torres / Jeronimo Acuña

3. Me He de Guardar (2:56) Chabuca Granda

4. Fuego (3:30 ) Irene Torres / Jeronimo Acuña

5. Voz y Voto (3:48) Irene Torres / Jeronimo Acuña

6. Madreselva (3:53) Irene Torres / Jeronimo Acuña

7. Sigue Amaneciendo (3:03) Irene Torres / Guillermo Subauste

8. Una conversación - Instrumental (1:13) Luis Orbegoso / Dhany Mario Rivas Rosas

9. Desdén (4:01) Walter Fernandez Calvimonte / Miguel Paz

10. Soledad (4:03) Irene Torres / Jeronimo Acuña

11. Tumba y Cajón (3:51) Juan Cotito Medrano

12. Está de Fiesta Este Cajón (2:12) L. Orbegoso / D. Mario R. Rosas


Irene Torres: Lead vocals (all tracks except 1, 5, 8, 12)

JJ Acuña: Guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11) bass (3,5, 10), b.vocals (3, 2, 6, 11)

Eric St-Laurent: Guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11), synth (7)

Guillermo Subauste: Cajón (7), bass (7), guitar (7), e-drums (7)

Luis Orbegoso: Cajón (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), bata (5), campana (2, 6) shaker (2), güira (6), congas (3), bongos (2, 3, 9, 11), trombone (4, 7), lead vocals (1, 12) b.vocals (2, 6, 11)

Dhany Mario Rivas Rosas: Cajón (all tracks except 7), b.vocals (2, 6, 11)

Matias Recharte: Bass (2, 4, 6, 9, 11) zapatao (5) quijada (2, 5, 6), b.vocals (2, 6, 11)

Alexander Brown: Trumpet (4)

Jono Grant: Vocal arrangments (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11)

* All tracks are original compositions except tracks 3, 9 and 11.

All original music by Irene and the band is one-stop, pre-cleared and all in. 

© (P) 2023 Irene Torres under exclusive license to Vesuvius Music Inc. / Distributed by IDLA

Recorded and mixed by Guillermo Subauste and Jono Grant and mastered by Jono Grant Toronto, 2023

Produced by: JJ Acuña and Eric St-Laurent

Cover photography by Robert McGee

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"Travesía [voyage]," the inaugural solo album by Irene Torres, signifies a journey back to her Peruvian roots. Sung in Spanish, the album consists of five original tracks, three cover songs, and three instrumental interludes, blending a unique array of musical styles, including Afro-Peruvian rhythms, bolero, lando, marinera, tondero, valsé, and festejo.


The album features an ensemble of prominent Latin musicians from Canada alongside traditional Peruvian instruments and percussion, culminating in a sound that is both authentic and innovative.

Photo by Robert McGee

Recorded at Pacha Sound under the expert guidance of Lima-born Guillermo Subauste, the album reflects Irene's dual heritage as a Peruvian immigrant and Canadian citizen. The collaborative effort includes writing contributions from JJ Jerónimo Acuña and Guillermo Subauste, alongside talented musicians Matias Recharte, Dhany Mario Rivas Rosas, Luisito Orbegoso, Eric St-Laurent and Alexander Brown, and vocal arrangements by Jono Grant.

"Travesía'' is a narrative of the sometimes difficult journey to home, identity, and belonging. Traversing the emotional landscape of an immigrant, exploring themes of adaptation, nostalgia, and enduring connections to one's roots, it encapsulates Irene's personal journey from Peru to Canada, evolving from the physicality of spaces to the intangible essence of moments and memories.

From the reminiscences of her mother's strong presence to the chaos of her father's paint brushes and canvas, to the bond with her brother, "Travesía" is a testament to the notion that home is not just a place but a tapestry of the growth from her experiences and relationships. It invites listeners to reflect on their own definitions of home, encouraging a deeper understanding of the universal experiences of displacement and the search for belonging.

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1. A Él Que No Adivina [intro] (0:46)

Eng. “To The One Who Does Not Guess”  Afro-Peruvian percussion, cajón interlude 

Welcome to Peru. Strolling through Lima's streets, the entrancing beat of the cajón guides your way. Two players extend a universal invitation, and as if summoned by the rhythm, a woman emerges from a nearby house, her brother in tow with a guitar. In the blink of an eye, the peña unfolds—a spontaneous gathering sparked by the captivating sound of the cajón, and the party begins. 


2. Mirada (3:24)

Eng. “Gaze” Latin pop, Afro- Peruvian, Timba & Bolero, A minor, 112 bpm

"Mirada" is a bittersweet melody reminiscent of the classic bolero, exploring the complex emotions of love. It captures the unspoken heaviness and the yearning to bridge the gap with someone just out of reach—a delicate dance between heated words and rebuilding. Commencing with a lovers' quarrel, the song gracefully transitions from a slow, moody simmer into a triumphant Peruvian Festejo, marking the joyous reunification of these estranged hearts.


3. Me He de Guardar (2:56)

Eng. “I Have To Save Myself” Latin, traditional folk, tondero, D minor, 139 bpm

In this rendition of “Me He de Guardar,” Irene Torres pays homage to the legendary Peruvian artist Chabuca Granda. The Tondero groove, enriched by the dynamic drums of Matias Recharte, breathes new life into the timeless classic. Arranged by writer and composer JJ Acuña, this version accentuates the peaks and valleys of the song, adding a fresh perspective to a composition cherished in Peruvian culture over the years.


4. Fuego (3:30)

Eng. “Fire” Vals criollo (Peruvian Waltz), D minor, 147 bpm 

In the captivating sway of this Peruvian Creole Waltz, a tale of eternal love unfolds, carried by unmistakable Peruvian rhythms on the cajón and enhanced by Jono Grant's stunning vocal arrangement, with an adornment of horns featuring Alexander Brown on trumpet and Luis Orbegoso on trombone. Irene Torres lays bare her soul and serves as a poignant reminder that the spark of love can light even the darkest moments.


5. Voz y Voto (instrumental interlude) (3:48)

Eng. “Voice and Vote” Festejo, D major, 169 bpm

Produced and composed by JJ Acuña during a pivotal moment in Peruvian political history, "Voz y Voto" represents the resilience within artistic expression and the subtle forms of resistance inherent in simply existing. Embracing the essence of Peruvian Festejo, this composition seamlessly blends diverse elements, highlighting Matias Recharte's soulful steps in Zapateo and the classic sound of the Quijada, complemented by the rhythmic brilliance of Luis Obregoso on Cajón and Bata. Irene contributes a poem that portrays a familiar scene where neighbours come together in collective celebration.


6. Madreselva (3:53)

Eng. “Honeysuckle” Afro-Peruvian / Fusion, F# minor,  118 bpm 

"Madreselva," named after the Peruvian honeysuckle flower, is a song that resonates with a profound connection to both Peru and Canada. As a newcomer to Canada, Irene Torres was residing in Toronto's west end and was captivated by the fragrance of this flower, reminiscent of her homeland. A lyrical embodiment of the journey to find a home in a new land, symbolizing the resilience required to flourish through any means necessary. As the honeysuckle weaves its tendrils, so does the melody of "Madreselva," capturing the essence of adaptation and the indomitable spirit of thriving in unfamiliar terrain.


7. Sigue Amaneciendo (3:03)

Eng. “The Dawn Keeps Rising”, Latin Pop, A minor,  147 bpm

No matter our trials, we know the sun will keep rising, and we have another day to begin anew. "The Dawn Keeps rising" Irene's most Pop oriented track on the album. With a chorus that rings reminiscent of Latin Rock band  "Los Fabulosos Cadillacs" and trombone by Luis Orbegoso, the song delivers joy in abundance. Irene's most genuine lyrical delivery is a blend of all her influences: from Natalia Lafourcade, to Ile, to Bebe to Ojos de Brujo.  Telling a story of gratitude for the generations of women in Irene’s family who taught her strength through their inextinguishable desire to do more than just survive and find her stride in life.


8. Una Conversación [cajón interlude] (0:13)

Eng. “A Conversation”, Afro-Peruvian Percussion Instrumental, 117 bpm

At this point in the party, Torres disappears to return in a new costume. Cajoneros Luis Orbegoso and Mario Rivas Rosas play rhythms of Afro Peruvian culture.


9. Desdén (4:01)

Eng. “Disdain”, Landó, Eb major,  124 bpm

Irene Torres channels raw passion into her rendition of 'Desdén,' originally composed as a waltz by Peruvian Miguel Paz with accompanying lyrics by Bolivian poet Walter Fernandez Calvimontes. It was recreated as a slower and moodier Lando and previously sung by Giomar Antonio in 1981. This classic finds renewed vigor through Irene's heartfelt interpretation.


10. Soledad (4:03)

Eng. “Solitude”, Marinera, Key C minor, 124 bpm

"I dream of your voice and the light from your window.""Solitude" Inspired by Irene's love of the Peruvian poets in the Kloaka movement of the 80’s including Mariela Dreyfus, Roger Santiváñez, and Domingo de Ramos.This song is composed and arranged by Jeronimo Acuña featuring Eric St-Laurent on guitar. Jeronimo sets the perfect landscape for this journey through the evening streets of Lima. The lyric speaks on retracing long lost moments through old neighborhoods and visiting the memory of people long gone. 


11. Tumba y Cajón (3:51)

Eng. “Tomb and Cajón”, Afro-Peruvian / Latin Fusion, G major, 109 bpm 

"Tumba y Cajón," penned by the esteemed Peruvian percussionist and composer Cotito Medrano, is a tribute to the rhythms of black Peru. Cotito Medrano, a celebrated Cajón player, not only garnered acclaim for his talent but was also appointed as the Cajón ambassador by the Peruvian government. Irene Torres expresses her admiration, recalling, "I remember hearing him on Susana Baca's album and falling in love with his sound. Later, discovering his collaborations with NOVALIMA and his solo albums, I was hooked."


12. Está de Fiesta Este Cajón [outro] (2:12) 

Eng. “This Cajón is for Celebrating”, Afro-Peruvian percussion interlude, 133 bpm 

Our story ends as it began, with the heartbeat of Peru: the Cajón. Luisito sings a song about the power of the Cajón to bring us together to celebrate and dance our way into the night. 

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"Irene is a singer from the heart. I catch myself not concentrating on playing my percussion because she gets me involved in the lyric.  She is capable of transmitting emotion to audiences that don’t necessarily understand the Spanish language. - Luis Orbegoso (percussionist)

Irene Torres, born in Lima, Peru, moved to Canada with her family as refugees when she was six years old. Now a proud Canadian citizen, she is an established member of Toronto's diverse music scene. Her career is distinguished by a blend of musical experiences, drawing a wide array of global influences.

Photo by Robert McGee

Irene's early life introduced her to a variety of musical styles. Influenced by artists like Arturo Zambo Cavero, Sharon Jones and Susana Baca, she developed an appreciation for eclectic genres, shaping her diverse future musical pursuits. It was during her twenties in Toronto that she discovered her true passion for music, a journey that began with an encounter with jazz vocalist Ben D’Cunha. This experience led to her deep understanding and skill in music and singing, leading to studio work and fronting many bands. 

Her entrance into the professional music scene was marked by a performance at an Errol Fisher concert, opening doors to new opportunities and collaborations. Working with musician David McMorrow, Irene furthered her knowledge and appreciation of jazz.

"I had been aware of Irene Torres from being on the scene in Toronto over the last few years with her RnB band and always thought she was great. a private house concert one night I heard her sing in Spanish. It was as though she was transformed by singing in her native language. She had me hanging on every word, every note. I rushed up to her afterwards and told her that she HAD to record in Spanish. I still feel the goosebumps." - Lou Pomanti (producer)

In 2009, Irene co-founded "Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils," exploring blues and soul music. The band's tours across North America and the release of two albums helped establish her presence in these musical genres.

Irene's versatility as a musician is evident in her collaborations with various groups, including "Santerias" and "Battle of Santiago." These collaborations showcase her ability to adapt and excel in different musical styles. Her creative path took a significant turn in 2012 after meeting Jaymz Bee, leading to further creative projects and connections in Toronto's music scene.

"Irene Torres has a comfort level as a performer that makes her a star. Not only does she have a fantastic voice and talent, but also her music has something very special and unique to say. Everyone who meets her feels immediately at home."  - Jaymz Bee (Radio host, producer)

Her latest project, "Travesía," translating to voyage, represents a significant new phase in her career. The album, featuring traditional Peruvian instrumentation and personal storytelling, showcases her growth as an artist and dedication to her cultural roots.

Download Irene's Bio 



Jerónimo Acuña – Guitarist and Composer


JJ Acuña, a prodigy of the eclectic Afro-Caribbean group Dub Solution, has refined his craft with a Bachelor of Jazz and Commercial Music from Humber College. As a vibrant member of the jazz ensemble "Tropical Punch," his collaborations span continents, showcasing his versatile guitar prowess and compositional skills.

Guillermo Subauste – Engineer and Mixing

With roots in Lima, Guillermo Subauste is the visionary behind Pacha Sound Studios. A seasoned musician, songwriter, engineer, and producer with over two decades of experience, Guillermo brings unparalleled authenticity to the project's Peruvian sound, contributing his expertise and two co-writes.

Matias Recharte – Bass/Percussion


Hailing from Lima, Peru, Matias Recharte's musical journey began at the tender age of six. An educator and fervent performer in both Toronto and Peru, Matias’s rhythm section skills, notably with Jesse Cook and Kuné, underscore his profound connection to Afro-Peruvian traditions and global music landscapes

Luis Orbegoso – Percussion


A linchpin in Toronto's Latin recording scene since his migration from Lima in 1972, boasts an illustrious career that began at Humber College and soared with performances alongside legends like Stevie Wonder and Oscar de León. Luisito's percussive genius is sought after for its fiery energy and impeccable technique.

Dhany Mario Rivas RosasPercussion


A native of La Victoria, Peru, embodies the spirit of Peruvian music lineage. As a master of the cajón and a dynamic DJ (Dj Yana Runa), Mario's collaborative spirit shines through his work, bridging hip-hop and traditional Peruvian sounds and nurturing the next generation of musicians in La Victoria.

Eric St-Laurent – Guitar

Montreal-born Eric St-Laurent stands out as the ensemble's global jazz ambassador and the only non-Peruvian member, bringing a fresh perspective to the project. With a hand in over 100 recordings, Eric's innovative guitar work and deep involvement in album production and coordination highlight his commitment to elevating independent music on the world stage.


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