"I have known Valeria Matzner for a while on Toronto’s Latin and World Music scene and have seen her develop as an artist with confidence and grace. Her Cd Anima is a lush, contemporary sounding collection of Jazz compositions featuring Latin, Brazilian and English lyrics. Elegant arrangements, subtle vocals and interesting play with rhythm courtesy of Max Senitt provide a nice variety to the collection. The album features some of Canada’s finest including Scott Metcalfe on piano, Scott Kemp on bass and Max Senitt on drums. Alexander Brown, Luis Denis and Alex Gajic also make guest appearances and add nice depth to the arrangements. I enjoyed the listen, my fave tracks so far Lua Cheia and Contemporaneo. Will definitely listen again!"
Producer and Host Cafe Latino
"Modern multilingual music by Valeria Matzner comes from the heart....and makes one want to move to the groove...beautifully arranged and produced by a fabulous team of players ...lotus blossom and De Amor y Soledad are my first 2 favourites....yet I love all the tracks...you will too!!"
Winner of the HMV Fresh Blood Grand Prize for his solo CD. Music for Plants. Animals. and Humans
2007 – National Jazz Awards – Bassist of the Year
2008 – National Jazz Awards – Nominee – Bassist of the Year
2009 – National Jazz Awards – Nominee – Instrumentalist of the Year
"Valeria Matzner puts out a world-class album of sophisticated silky Brazilian-influenced latin-jazz. Fantastic musicians, arranging and production. Valeria provides the beautiful songs and the silky smooth voice. Gorgeous album. Scott Metcalfe gets top marks here. Congrats!!"
Composer, trumpeter and band leader
Winner of the Leo and Golden Sheaf Awards
Juno Nominee for Best Jazz Album of the Year