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November 2018

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New Voices from Portugal: Fado with Marco Oliveira and Tânia Oleiro
Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 8pmWiggin Auditorium/Peabody City Hall24 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960    Tickets: $35, open seatingBuy: http://tinyURL.com/Fado2018Reserve: Maria Silva 978-835-3156 Award-winning Portuguese fado singers Marco Oliveira and Tânia Oleiro make their Boston-area debuts on Saturday, November 3 at 8pm at Wiggin Auditorium, Peabody City Hall, in Peabody, MA. Both singers are touring the U.S. in support of their latest CD releases. Fado, Portugal's best-known but ever-mysterious music, explores love and loss, belonging and isolation, joy and pain through a music designated as world cultural patrimony by UNESCO. Marco Oliveira's two critically acclaimed records, "Retrato" and "Amor é Água que Corre", chart fado's topography in the modern world, with tales of longing (Portuguese "saudade") that unwind through the labyrinth of Lisbon's darkened streets. Tânia Oleiro's debut record, "Terços do Fado", reaches into fado's past by drawing on some of its most traditional musical compositions, while looking into the future via lyrics by some of fado's best contemporary writers. The singers will be joined by Sandro Costa on the Portuguese guitar (with accompaniment by Oliveira on the classical guitar). Costa is known as a master improviser and provocateur who has honed his craft through countless performances in Lisbon's most traditional taverns, as well as on national and international stages. The venue for the concert is Peabody City Hall's Wiggin Auditorium. A recent historically-sensitive restoration has returned the hall to its former glory, with beautifully appointed architectural touches (and a modern audio-visual system) that complement the hall's already excellent acoustics. The venue is conveniently located with ample free parking. Marco Oliveira: http://marcooliveira.pt/Tânia Oleiro: http://www.taniaoleiro.com 

 

 

November 2017

Noite de Fado - Fado Night

 

 Sounds of PortugalA Concert byJoana Amendoeira and Duarte Durgin Concert Hall35 Wilder St, Lowell, MA 01854Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM    Joana is one of the best-known fadistas today, with nine highly acclaimed CDs and critical recognition from the Amália Foundation, among others. This will be her first official US visit. Duarte is a singer, musician and lyricist, who was recently featured on Public Radio International. He returns to UMass Lowell after a great performance in 2014. Joana and Duarte will be accompanied by two top-flight musicians:Pedro Amendoeira on the Portuguese guitar and Tiago Silva on the viola.Both are veterans of the fado, having played extensively within Portugal and internationally with artists such as Mariza, Maria da Fé and Camané. You may purchase tickets at www.alumni.uml.edu/fadoFor questions, contact the Saab Center at 978-934-5199 

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  Portuguese Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streetsand  back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early  1800's. Today, fado has gained itsposition in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugalbut also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night eventstake place. Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony" The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment. Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.  Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night). Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara. Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar) 

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