Monday, April 16, 2012

Fado + Ramana Vieira

First if all-what is Fado? A quick overview follows with help from Fado expert and singer Ramana Vieira and Wiki.

Fado (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfaðu], "destiny, fate") is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably has much earlier origins.

In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia (loosely captured by the word "saudade", or longing). However, although the origins are difficult to trace, today fado is by many regarded as a simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss).

Several singers of the traditional Portuguese fado have appeared in Canada and the United States.One of these, Ramana Vieira, regularly performs in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally. Ramana received her formal voice training at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and has been called  "The New Voice of Portuguese World Music."

Ramana will be appearing in San Luis Obispo this April!

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble
8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Price: $15.00 -- Door $18.00

Steynberg Gallery
1531 Monterey
San Luis Obispo
California 93401
USA 805-547-0278

Ramana Vieira sings with such a wide range of emotions one cannot help but be mesmerized by images of “old world” Portugal that emerge from the depths of her soul. Her extraordinary gift of bringing this 15th century style into modern times is her unique trademark.

Often referred to as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music,” this powerful vocalist is making her mark as one of the premier contemporary Fado artists. Just back from a week-long jaunt to Honolulu and Maui, Ramana will be joined by Michael Mc Morrow -- acoustic guitar and portuguese guitarra, Laura Boytz -- cello, Alberto Ramirez -- electric bass, and Steve La Porta -- drums and percussives.

Get your tickets early. Last year's show was sold out.

The band is exclusively represented by Kurt Huget at Second Octave Talent Agency and are recording their next album, tentatively titled, "Luso Sol."

"A World music treat!--Centuries of traditional Portuguese folk music get a 21st century upgrade when East Bay native, Ramana Vieira, the top Fado singer in the United States, performs. " -Pete Crooks, Diablo Valley Magazine.
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