Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés and restaurants. This music genre has much earlier origins but is generally placed as being originated in the 1820’s in Portugal. Fado is known for how expressive in nature it is, as well as being profoundly melancholic.
Generally in fado music, the singer will sing about the hard realities of the daily life, balancing both resignation and hopefulness that a resolution to its torments can still occur. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade”, which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss. This loss is generally a permanent loss and of long-term consequences.
This evening, as part of Medici's "Salon" series of concerts, we bring you an extraordinary Fado singer, Ramana Vieira. Ramana has a deep, personal relationship to Fado music. Born in San Leandro, CA to Portuguese immigrants, she was raised on a diet of traditional Fado music that has made its way into the very core of her being. Classically trained at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre with Faith Winthrop, she rediscovered her passion for Fado on a trip to Portugal and immersed herself in studying this art form. With inspiration from Amália Rodrigues to Shakira and Dulce Pontes, Vieira and her ensemble play both classics and their own original music.
Please listen to her sing "Ai Mouraria" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=TYJxx_aFjdk
Here is just one review of many from the Boston Globe:
Andrew Gilbert, Boston Globe
“Ramana Vieira deserves a prominent place in the front rank of today’s Fado singers, you will feel transported to another place....maybe Bairro Alto, Lisbon... Ramana Vieira is a force in spreading awareness of Fado, having developed her style in California, abroad in Portugal, and listening to its many modes."
"Known as the Portuguese incarnation of the blues, Fado is characterized by mournful, haunting music full of longing and despair. Ramana Vieira of San Leandro, CA has been hailed as “the rising star in world music” by the San Francisco Examiner and noted for having “developed her style in California [and] abroad in Portugal” (Boston Globe). With prominent appearances on the world stage, Vieira has performed across the United States, Portugal and China."
She will be accompanied by excellent local musicians Duane Padilla on violin, Sonny Silva on guitar, and Dean Taba on bass.
This will be your only chance to hear this wonderful and haunting music in Hawaii, as Ramana will be in Hawaii for just a few days.