June 6 - Ona Kirei Quintet at Firehouse. Cultural Center. Ruskin, Florida.
August 16 - Iberia at Timicua Arts Foundation. Orlando, Florida.
Ona Kirei is a vocalist, composer, and arranger from Barcelona, and is currently living and working in the Tampa Bay Area.
Ona has been the recipient of several awards such as the first place in the International Talavera Jazz Contest, and first place in ‘Actúa!’, a music competition as part of the Spanish national radio station ‘Cadena Ser’.
She has performed across Europe in countries such as Spain, France, and the UK, as well as important European festivals including the Getxo Jazz Festival (Getxo, Spain) and the Jazz Ladies Festival (Bourdeaux, France). Ona can also be heard in the Tampa Bay Area and Orlando in venues like Pilars Martini (Winter Garden) and the Palladium (St. Petersburg) singing with some of the most notable musicians on the scene.
Ona has also been known as a bandleader since 2012, with two albums released under her name. Her album ‘Un Hogar’ was sold out in the 2016 ‘Heineken Jazzaldia’ Jazz Festival in Donostia - San Sebastian,.
‘Iberia’ is one of the project from Ona Kirei, which is a fusion of jazz with music from the Iberian Peninsula. She sings her arrangements of traditional and popular tunes in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Portuguese, as well as some compositions of her own, influenced by jazz and neo-soul. This is her tribute to the wonderful music from her native land. With her other projects such as her duo “Just the Two of Us” with pianist Pablo Arancibia, as well as duet performances with guitarist Dominic Walker, you can find Ona Kirei involved in several collaborations with the best musicians in the Tampa Bay Area
She is currently working on releasing her personal project, entirely made by her original compositions.