March 23 - April 7 2018


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.

Ricardo Ribeiro
SATURDAY MAR 24, 7:30pm

Ricardo Ribeiro (História d'uma Cantadeira)

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 José Manuel Neto 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

Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
Antonio Zambujo

António Zambujo

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.

Zambujo’s velvety voice sparkles across his sensual music with incomparable charm and elegance.

Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Lulu Pena
SATURDAY MAR 31, 7:30pm

Lula Pena

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.

The Guardian, UK
Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
Carlos do Carmo Celesta Rodrigues

Legends of Fado: Carlos do Carmo with special guest Celesta Rodrigues (NY Debuts)

This concerts marks a historic night for fado music with Portugal’s most famed artists performing in New York for the first time.

Carlos do Carmo, celebrating more than fifty years as the leading male voice of fado, is a living legend for this most iconic Portuguese tradition. A hugely beloved and cherished figure, do Carmo has been involved with virtually every connection and reference to fado including its inclusion into the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. An incomparable master of song, his voice goes hand in hand with longing, unrequited love, solitude, and optimistic hope for the future.

Fado's other living treasure, Celesta Rodrigues, the 93 year old younger sister of Amalia, embodies fado’s saudade in all its facets and will join Mr do Carmo making for an unforgettable and historic evening.

Elegant fado that never strains for effect.

The Telegraph
The Town Hall
123 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

About the Festival

The First 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, Fado Museum, TAP Portugal and EDP Renewables North America.

The Schimmel Center is a founding partner of the NY Fado Festival.

For press requests contact: Cindy Byram

Logo design by Diogo Montes

For all other inquiries contact: Isabel Soffer

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