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Fado of Portugal: Ana Moura
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.




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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 03/28/2008 at Symphony Space.

PROGRAM

 

1. Introduction

2. Guitarra

3. Fado Menor

4. Ó Meu Amigo João

5. O Fado da Procura

6. Primeira Vez

7. Bailinho À Portuguesa

8. Sou do Fado, Sou Fadista

9. Porque Teimas Nesta Dor

10. Instrumental

+ About the Artists

Ana Moura is an outstanding voice in the new generation of fado singers. She was born in Santarem, the bustling capital of the Ribatejo province in the center of Portugal's heartland on the Tejo River northeast of Lisbon. The city of half a million souls is also one of Portugal's most historic cities -- an ideal place to develop an appreciation for fado. Ana began singing fado when she was a child. "My life changed when I began going to the fado houses," Ana states today. "There's no microphone -- it's very intimate. New singers learn through a kind of apprenticeship, learning the intricacies of the style from the older, more established singers."

Ana has emerged as a leading exponent of traditional fado just as the venerable idiom is enjoying a renaissance of popularity. Like virtually every aspiring fadista, she drew early inspiration from the example of Amalia Rodrigues, the revered singer who most personified the style. Ana was the highlight of the Tribute to Amalia Rodrigues concert at Town Hall in October 2003, and returned to New York in 2005 to perform at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. In 2007, she sang with Mick Jagger at a Rolling Stones concert in Portugal. She has toured Europe and the US to critical acclaim and recorded three CDs, including Aconteceu, which was nominated for an Edison Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy), and the recent Para Além da Saudade (World Village/Harmonia Mundi USA).

 

Ana Moura, vocal

Angelo Freire, Portuguese guitar

Jorge Fernando, acoustic guitar

Jose Elmiro Nunes, bass guitar

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