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Fado Festival 2019 will take place May 4-11.
Artists and events announced soon.
The Fado Festival NY is a celebration of the iconic Portuguese musical tradition that has ancient roots, but is ever moving forward. The festival delights from the traditional to contemporary, always in surprising ways.
Fri March 15th – Drom
Marta Pereira da Costa
Marta Pereira da Costa, perhaps the world’s only professional female Portuguese Fado guitar player, is quickly becoming an ambassador of Portugal’s most iconic musical tradition. She is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Instrumentalist Award from the Amália Rodrigues Foundation, named after the world-renowned “Queen of Fado.” Joined by a viola, contrabass, piano, and percussion, da Costa will showcase her soulful playing and stunning virtuosity in a dynamic and intense instrumental show.Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
85 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
The resonant voice of the extraordinary fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro is as traditional as it comes: no pop sweetening, exotic embellishments or rock and roll influences. Considered one of today’s top male fado singers, his powerful, masterful voice is filled with emotion, and has earned him awards and international accolades. He will be joined by his ensemble Luis Guerreiro on Portuguese guitar; Carlos Manuel Proença on fado guitar and Daniel Pinto on bass guitar.
One of the most distinctive artists in the new wave of fadistas
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
António Zambujo is a singer of brilliant subtlety and elegance. Considered an innovative pioneer as well as an heir to traditional fado, his popularity as a singer and guitarist in Portugal and abroad comes from a restless curiosity of musical influences from fado to bossa nova and jazz to French chanson. Born in the Alentejo region of Portugal, he grew up listening to the cante alentejano—choirs of men and women who sing of the land on which they work, local saints, and lost love. In 2002, he was deemed the "Best New Fado Voice" by Radio Nova FM and the "Best Male Fado Singer" by the Amália Rodrigues Foundation in 2006. His eighth CD, Até Pensei que Fosse Minha (Until I Thought It Was Mine) is a tribute to the songs of Brazil's Chico Buarque, one of the great singer-songwriters in the Portuguese language.
Atrium at Lincoln Center
Zambujo’s velvety voice sparkles across his sensual music with incomparable charm and elegance.
61 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Lula Pena is a unique singer, songwriter and guitarist with a highly individual take on fado. Her deeply emotional songs cross borders from Andalucia to Greece and Sardinia to America. Her deep and commanding yet sensitive voice blends fado roots with colors of Portuguese folk music, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova. Her inventive style has created a devoted following for her worldwide, a kind of international secret society whose ranks grow with each of her too rare appearances. Pena's highly acclaimed latest album Archivo Pittoresco (she only has released three over 20 years) on the Crammed label was released in 2017.
A fluid, multilingual trance that is truly singular.
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
Fado House/Casa de Fado
Experience an authentic recreation of Lisbon's popular neighborhood taverns where fado was born and where, to this day, fadistas are made and recognized by their peers. In the heart of the Ironbound section of Newark known as "little Portugal" we will create a traditional Fado House experience in an intimate setting with live music direct from Portugal and with Portuguese food and wine, under the direction of Lisbon's famed Fado House "Maria da Mouraria". Each of the four nights will highlight different repertoires and will feature Helder Moutinho, a leading male fadista who is an acclaimed interpreter with deep roots in the fado house milieu and a successful onstage career in Portugal and abroad. Teresinha Landeiro a rising female voice and a fado house performer will join him.SCP (Sport Club Portugues)
55 Prospect St
Ironbound, Newark, NJ
(6 min. walk from Newark Penn Station, via Path Train or NJ Transit)
Legends of Fado: Carlos do Carmo with special guest Celeste Rodrigues (NY Debuts)
It is a historic night for fado music when Portugal's most famed artists, Carlos do Carmo and Celeste Rodrigues, perform together for the first time in New York City. Carlos do Carmo, a living legend for this iconic Portuguese tradition, celebrates more than fifty years as the leading male voice of fado. An incomparable master of song, do Carmo's vocal mastery exemplifies the longing, unrequited love, solitude, and optimistic hope for the future that defines fado. Fado's other living treasure, Celeste Rodrigues - younger sister of Amalia – at the beautiful age of 95, is the doyenne of fado singers and with a 73-year singing career she truly embodies fado's saudade. She joins do Carmo for an unforgettable and historic evening.
The Town Hall
Elegant fado that never strains for effect.
123 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Marco Oliveira, Tania Oleiro, Sandro Costa - (NY Debuts)
Fado, Portugal’s best known but ever-mysterious music, explores how the dualities of human existence – love and loss, belonging and isolation, joy and pain – often filter through a single experience. Making his NY debut, Marco Oliveira is a singer, musician, composer and lyricist who charts fado’s topography in the modern world with tales of longing or saudade. Tania Oleiro, also making her NY debut, is an exceptional singer who reaches into fado’s past by drawing on its most traditional musical compositions, and into its future via lyrics by some of fado’s best contemporary writers. These singers will be joined by Sandro Costa on the Portuguese guitar. Costa is known as a master improviser and provocateur who has honed his craft through countless performances in Lisbon’s traditional taverns, as well as on national and international stages. This concert is in partnership with the New York Fado Festival.Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
About the Festival
The NY Fado Festival is a celebration of the iconic Portuguese musical tradition that has ancient roots, but is ever moving forward.
Known for its mournful and soulful songs loosely captured by the Portuguese word saudade, or "longing" that evoke a bygone era, Fado is a thriving symbol of Portugal and reminds us of its past and present.
In 2011, fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List whose aim is to ensure the protection of important cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance.
The festival will delight from the traditional to contemporary, always in surprising ways.
The NY Fado Festival is produced by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds and is supported in part by the Consulates General of Portugal in New York and Newark, TAP Air Portugal, Museum of Fado and Camões Institute.
For press info contact:
March 24 (Ricardo Ribeiro) and March 31 (Lula Pena) at Schimmel Center
Contact: Katlyn Morahan
April 7 Carlos do Carmo and Celeste Rodrigues at The Town Hall
Contact: Cindy Byram
For general press requests contact: Isabel Soffer email@example.com
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