February 24-26, 2017

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FRIDAY FEB 24, 6:15pm

Film: Fado, Story of a Singer (História d'uma Cantadeira)

Fado, Story of a Singer, starring Amália Rodrigues, is a unique journey through 1940s Lisbon, in which Amália Rodrigues, the supreme diva of Fado, plays Ana Maria, a fadista falling for a humble guitar player. Portugal 1947 Dir. Perdigão Queiroga 110 min. With English subtitles.

Sport Club Portugues
55 Prospect Street
Newark, NJ 07003

For info and to rsvp: info@scpnewark.com

Sport Club Português is a cultural organization founded in 1921 and located in the heart of the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. SCP is a symbol of Portuguese tradition and culture, combining past and present traditions. It is one of the strongest and oldest ethnic organizations on the East Coast.
Gisela João

Gisela João
(NY Debut)

6:00pm Pre-Show conversation on the history of fado with scholar Lila Ellen Gray
7:30pm Fado Trio (Portuguese guitar, classical guitar,
acoustic bass)
8:00pm Gisela João – NY Debut
A fado exhibit from Museu do Fado in Lisbon will be on display in the Schimmel Center lobby
Portuguese wine and cheese will be available for purchase

Gisela João's passionate voice is infused with the deepest essence of fado, the universally adored Portuguese blues, traditionally associated with Lisbon's pubs and cafés, and renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character.

Considered one of today's most important interpreters of fado, Gisela's first album was universally praised and instantly reached the number one spot on the Portuguese charts. Soon after she was awarded the nation's highest musical honor, the "Prémio Amália" awards, for Best New Artist. Her second album Nua (Nude) was just released.

Gisela will be joined by her ensemble Ricardo Parreira on the 12-string Portuguese guitar, Nelson Aleixo on the classical guitar, and Francisco Gaspar on the acoustic bass guitar.

The Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street, Manhattan
Dj Ride and Fado Express
SUNDAY, FEB 26, 9:30pm

DJ Ride & Stereossauro: Scratching Portuguese Roots (NY Debut)

DJ Ride, who along with Stereossauro comprises the duo Beatbombers, are the reigning world champions of scratch/turntablism (IDA, Poland, December 2016). For their NY debut, DJ Ride and Stereossauro brings a brand new program, where the contemporary clashes with the classic, urban and traditional fuse together, and electronic and Hip Hop beats merge with the distinct, soulful sounds of Fado.

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street, NYC

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 Gisela Joao press requests contact: Cindy Byram cindybyrampr@aol.com

For DJ Ride press requests contact: Yuri Kwon ykwon@publictheater.org

Logo design by Diogo Montes

For all other inquiries contact: Isabel Soffer isoffer@gmail.com

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