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Fado Festival NY&NJ 2019 to Feature Portuguese Stars in Downtown Manhattan and Newark

Fado Festival NY & NJ 2019 will offer an exciting representation of fado’s past, present and future. The festival will present four of fado’s biggest names: Camané, Hélder Moutinho, Ana Sofia Varela, and Maria Emília, as well as the fado-inspired Unites States- based Portuguese jazz singer Sofia Ribeiro.

Sofia Ribeiro

This year’s festival will take place May 1 – 11. It includes daytime and evening shows, all free and open to the public, from May 1 to 4 at Brookfield Place, a state-of-the-art venue for cultural programming in New York City. The following weekend, Fado Festival NY&NJ travels to the historical center of fado in the United States, Newark, New Jersey,  on May 11 for a walking tour of the Ironbound district.

The festival opens with two free lunchtime concerts at Brookfield Place by Portuguese singer Sofia Ribeiro on May 1 and 2, both at 12:00pm. An award-winning performer, Ribeiro’s latest recording, Mar Sonoro, embraces fado, jazz and contemporary Brazilian music. Ribeiro has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has released a total of eight studio albums.

The festival’s free evening concerts begin at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with a double bill featuring Camané and Ana Sofia Varela on May 3 at 7:30pm

Hélder Moutinho

The second evening double bill at Brookfield Place features Hélder Moutinho and Maria Emília on May 4 at 7:30pm, as well as a pre-concert talk at 6:00pm with fado historian and scholar Dr. Lila Ellen Gray.

All singers on both nights will be backed up by a trio of dynamic musicians: André Dias (Portuguese guitar), André Ramos (classical guitar) and Rodrigo Serrão (acoustic bass guitar).

The festival concludes on May 11 with a walking tour and live fado performance in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, home to a thriving fado community of its own. The Ironbound—so named for the bustling railroad system that encircles it—is an iconic Portuguese neighborhood known for its European feel and for the hundreds of restaurants, cafes, bars and stores within it.

The tour will visit local establishments furnishing Portuguese wine, food and pastries, as well as important cultural attractions. The tour’s final stop will be the Sport Club Português, a leading cultural institution located in the heart of the Ironbound, for refreshments at 6:00pm and an intimate fado concert at 7:00 pm. The tour departs Sport Club Português (55 Prospect Street, a 5-minute walk from Penn Station Newark) at 4:30 pm.

Fado Festival NY&NJ Event Schedule:

Fado Concerts at Brookfield Place – Free!
Brookfield Place, New York
I230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281

Wednesday, May 1, 12:00pm – Sofia Ribeiro
Thursday, May 2, 12:00pm – Sofia Ribeiro
Friday, May 3, 7:30pm – Camané / Ana Sofia Varela
Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm* – Hélder Moutinho / Maria Emília

  • 6:00pm pre-concert talk with fado scholar Lila Ellen Gray

Saturday, May 11, 4:30pm – Walking Tour of Ironbound Section of Newark + Fado Concert

Tickets $30 in advance, $40 day of (space permitting)
https://fadofestival.brownpapertickets.com/

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Artist Profiles: Helder Moutinho

Helder Moutinho

A rising star in the new fado generation, Moutinho became popular in the 1990s after releasing his first album called Sete Fados e Alguns Cantos.

Helder Moutinho was born in 1969, in Oeiras, where the Tagus River meets the Ocean, and maybe it was from this daily intimacy with the sea that came the major characteristic of his career: a multiple capacity of understanding and living his music, by singing, composing, producing, managing, constantly probing wider horizons, of solid and neat banks and rich, steady stream. From his family of old fado lovers, and from accompanying them to the traditional fado circles, he got not only his taste for this kind of song, but above all his determination to sing it, and so entering in fado’s unique universe.

It was in Moutinho’s late teens that, after getting familiar to other musical styles, fado began to take an increasing importance in his life. This is perhaps the reason to explain his enduring, inevitable relation with Lisbon. After the lifelong calling of the sea, now is Tagus River that requests him, revealing him Lisbon, the city of passions, of poetic and nostalgic nights, of high flying gulls that he will forever on sing and write about. He initially sang only to friends, but his gift could not remain hidden, and he soon got his first invitation to sing in one of Bairro Alto’s fado bars.

By this time, Moutinho’s all latent talents began to show themselves. In reunions of fado singers, all night long, among other fado lovers, he began to sing his own lyrics that he would later include in his first album, Sete Fados e Alguns Cantos (Seven Fados and Some Songs).

Concurrently, Helder Moutinho began revealing himself in other and important activities: those of a manager, agent and music editor. The transition from singing in fado bars and in concerts – one must mention his participation in projects organized by Lisbon City Hall and included in “Lisbon 94 – European Capital of Culture”, the Festima Festival at “Expo’ 98”, along with performances throughout Portugal and abroad – is a process that Moutinho himself can’t explain – but soon the stress-free approach of his beginnings turned to become a deeper, compromised one.

His first record, released by Ocarina in 1999, got flattering notice from magazine “Strictly Mundial” (of the “World Music International Exhibition”), and very good reviews from Portuguese and international press.

Moutinho is one of a very select group of singers who manage their own fado venue, or “Casa de Fados” (fado house). In this case, the “casa” is “Maria da Mouraria,” where fado’s first great singer, Maria Severa, lived in more than 150 years ago. It’s a mythical place at the center of a bustling community of fado singers, musicians, lyricists and composers.

Discography:

Sete Fados e Alguns Cantos (Ocarina, 1999)
Luz de Lisboa (Ocarina, 2004)
Que Fado É Este Que Trago (Farol Música, 2008)
1987 (Valentim de Carvalho, 2013)
O Manual Do Coracao (HMMusica, 2016)

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