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Artist Profiles: Marta Pereira da Costa

Marta Pereira da Costa

Marta Pereira da Costa started playing the piano at the age of 4, later at 8 learned the classical guitar and at 18 began to study the Portuguese Guitar under the tutelage of Carlos Gonçalves, one of Amália Rodrigues’ most important guitar players.

Marta has performed with some of the true giants of Portuguese music, including Camané, Mário Pacheco, Dulce Pontes, and Mariza, as well as Afro-Atlantic legends such as Cameroon’s Richard Bona and Cape Verde’s Tito Paris.

Marta’s self-titled debut album was released by Warner Music in 2016, containing 13 tracks that mixed original compositions with interpretations showcasing contemporary Portuguese composers; instrumental tracks with guest vocalists such as Dulce Pontes, and Rui Veloso, and fado tradition with jazz improvisation and instruments and influences from around the world. One of Marta’s key collaborators on this album was GRAMMY Award-winning Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona, who helped bring Lisbon’s simmering Afro-Atlantic vibes to the fore on “Encontro”.

Discography:

Marta Pereira da Costa (Warner Brothers, 2016)

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Portuguese Guitarist Marta Pereira da Costa Announces March 2019 U.S. Tour

Boundary-breaking Portuguese guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa will be touring North America in March 2019, with a monthlong, five city tour, that includes stops at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. This tour is a rare opportunity to catch the world’s first and, so far, only woman to play the Portuguese guitar professionally.

Marta is bringing her unique take on contemporary Portuguese sounds to North America, along with her band: António Pinto on classical guitar, Miguel Amado on contrabass, Alexandre Diniz on piano, and André Sousa Machado on percussion. Together they’ll perform both Marta’s original repertoire from her self-titled album, Marta Pereira da Costa, as well as their own takes on Portuguese classics from the artists that have influenced her, including Variações Carlos Paredes and Mário Pacheco.

“Last year we played more than 30 concerts, so I’m very happy with this opportunity to take my voice, which is my Portuguese guitar, and my project and band to perform in the US”, says Marta.

Marta Pereira da Costa 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:

March 7th – Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, San Jose, California

March 8th – Portuguese Embassy, Washington DC

March 9th – Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, Washington DC

March 13th – Victorian Room, Driskill Hotel SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas

March 14th – Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, New York

March 15th – DROM, New York

March 16th – Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

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