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IRENE TORRES

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Mah - dreh - sehl - vah

eng. Honeysuckle /ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkl/ NOUN. A climbing plant with sweet-smelling yellow, pink, or white flowers. 

On the summer solstice!

The release of "Madreselva", the first single from Irene Torres' debut solo album!

"Madreselva" is a story of the immigrant experience and the journey to ‘home’ in a new land.

 

"One day, when I was a young Peruvian immigrant to Toronto, I was walking down Brock St., and my nose caught the familiar scent of the beautiful Madreselva (Honeysuckle) blooms.

 

I closed my eyes and it took me right back to my abuela and my neighbourhood in Lima. And I was home.

 

Fragrantly strong, sweet and resilient, the Madreselva quickly climbs and covers anything it wants, sprawling over the city's concrete murals and metal fences.

 

Madreselva's message: if I can thrive here, then so can you.

LETRA

GUÍAME GUÍAME GUÍAME MÁS 

ENSÉÑAME

QUE FALTA

SOY UNA ESTRELLA QUE DISPARA

CARGO UNA LUNA AFILADA

CAMINANDO DONDE QUIERA 

HAGO LO QUE ME DA LA GANA

     

COMO UNA HIJA DE LA DIOSA DEL MAR  

UNA EXTRANJERA CAMINANDO LA CIUDAD

ARRANCADA DE MI TIERRA

MADRESELVA ME RECUERDA

 

YA NO SOY DE AQUÍ YA NO SOY DE ALLÁ 

NO CARGO MUCHO PA QUE NO ME PESE MÁS

ESCONDIDA/S SON MIS HERIDAS

CUANDO DUELEN MUCHO

SACO MÁSCARA DE OLVIDA

 

PERTENEZCO AL VIENTO EN MIS ESPALDAS 

QUE ME EMPUJA COMO SI TUVIERA ALAS

CUANDO NECESITO, ME BAÑO EN EL RÍO

A MIS ANCESTROS  LES CANTO, Y LES PIDO

 

GUÍAME GUÍAME GUÍAME MÁS 

ENSÉÑAME

QUE FALTA

 

ESCUCHANDO TU VOZ VOY ABRIENDO EL CORAZÓN

 

SOY UNA ESTRELLA QUE DISPARA

CARGO UNA LUNA AFILADA

CAMINANDO POR ESTA ENCRUCIJADA 

RECORDANDO TUS PALABRAS 


 

GUÍAME GUÍAME GUÍAME MÁS 

ENSÉÑAME

QUE FALTA


 

EL PERFUME DE TU FLOR,  MADRESELVA QUE ME CURO

 

SUEÑO PARA MIS OJOS

CURA PARA MI MAL

DURA ES LA DISTANCIA

CON EL RITMO DE TU CANCIÓN

MI GUITARRA YA NO LLORA 

PERO AHORA SÍ CANTA

 

GUÍAME GUÍAME GUÍAME MÁS 

ENSÉÑAME

QUE FALTA

 

EL PERFUME DE TU FLOR,  MADRESELVA QUE ME CURO

TRANSLATION

GUIDE ME GUIDE ME SHOW ME THE WAY

TELL ME WHAT’S MISSING, MISSING TODAY

 

I AM A SHOOTING STAR

CARRY A SHARPENED MOON

WALK WHERE I WANT TO WALK

DO WHAT I WANT TO DO

 

LIKE A DAUGHTER OF THE GODDESS OF THE SEA

LIKE A STRANGER WALKING THE CITY STREETS

I’VE BEEN UP-ROOTED

BUT THE FLOWER SHE REMEMBERS ME

 

NO LONGER FROM HERE AND NO LONGER FROM THERE

DON’T CARRY MUCH SO IT DOESN’T WEIGH ME DOWN

SOMETIMES I HIDE BECAUSE I AM WOUNDED

WHEN IT HURTS TOO MUCH

I WEAR A MASK ON MY FACE

I BELONG TO THE WIND AT MY BACK

THAT PUSHES ME  AS IF I HAD WINGS

WHEN I NEED TO HEAL, I BATHE IN THE RIVER

TO MY ANCESTORS, I SING AND I PRAY:

GUIDE ME GUIDE ME SHOW ME THE WAY

TELL ME WHAT’S MISSING, MISSING TODAY

 

WHEN I ‘M HEARING YOUR VOICE, I CAN FEEL MY HEART REJOICE

 

I AM A SHOOTING STAR

CARRY A SHARPENED MOON

WALKING THESE SIDEWALKS

GUIDE ME GUIDE ME, SHOW ME THE WAY

TELL ME WHAT’S MISSING, MISSING TODAY

THE PERFUME OF YOUR FLOWER, THAT HAS HEALED ME WITH ITS POWER

DREAMS VISIT MY EYES

CURES FOR ALL MY AILS 

DIFFICULT IS OUR DISTANCE

BUT WITH THE RHYTHM OF YOUR SONG

MY GUITAR NO LONGER WEEPS

BECAUSE NOW IT KNOWS HOW TO SING

 

GUIDE ME GUIDE ME SHOW ME THE WAY

TELL ME WHAT’S MISSING, MISSING TODAY

 

THE PERFUME OF YOUR FLOWER, THAT HAS HEALED ME WITH ITS POWER

CREDITS/CREDITOS:

Composition/composición: Irene Torres & Guillermo Subauste 

Vocals/voz: Irene Torres

Backing Vocals/ voces de fondo: JJ Acuña, Luis Orbegoso

Guitars/guitarras: JJ Acuña & Eric St-Laurent

Percussion/percusión & Cajón : Luis Orbegoso & Mario Rivas Rosas

Quijada & bass/bajo: Matías Recharte

Engineer/ingeniero: Guillermo Subauste @ Pacha Sound

Mixed & Mastered/mezcla y masterización: Jono Grant

Producer/productor: Eric St-Laurent & JJ Acuña 

© 2022 Irene Torres under exclusive license to Vesuvius Music Inc. / IDLA

Special thanks/ muchas gracias a Fidelia Torres,  Oscar Butteler, Vesuvius Music Inc. (Lorenzo Digianfelice, Jaymz Bee, Gigi Marentette), Chris Churchill, nuestro equipo y mi familia.

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If you are from Toronto, you may have witnessed one of Irene's many enchanting and exciting performances on stages in various music communities.
 

Peruvian-born singer and visual artist Irene Torres has been active in Toronto's music scene for about a decade. As a front-woman for many groups, she has appeared with the Flamenco fusion ensemble, Santerias, the Afro Cuban band Battle of Santiago, the Tiki Collective, her original blues and soul music supergroup Irene Torres & The SugarDevils, and the Latin house project Sol Azul

Irene is a small package, with huge, huge pipes. Her singing is soulful, passionate and precise. She is elegant, yet punchy, innocent yet wise, genuine, present and caring.

Greatly influenced by her culture, heritage and unique life's journey - this debut will feature a fusion of the folkloric instrumentation of Peru and the raw storytelling of her original lyrics.

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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)
"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. Then...at 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 that she HAD to record in Spanish. I still feel the goosebumps."
- Lou Pomanti (producer)
"Irene is a pleasure to work with in the studio. She's bright and full of joy when she sings, bringing a ton of personality and texture to anything she's involved with. A big voice on this girl! I can't wait to hear and mix the album she's currently got cookin'!"
- Jono Grant (producer)
"Irene is not only a great vocalist hitting all ranges and styles but her live, onstage performance is out of this world."
- Lorenzo Digianfelice (VMI)
"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)

"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)