Fado is Portuguese folk music about “saudade,” the deep longing you feel in your soul when far from home and your loved ones. It’s the music of Portuguese sailors who explored the world, and the loves they left behind.
The Fado Festival is New York City’s big celebration, but you may hear this soulful music wherever Portuguese families gather.
MIDTOWN, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Thu, Apr 5, 2018, Portuguese fado live music ~ One of the great contemporary fado singers who blends pop into fado traditions
Explore the world with this musical wanderer. NY Fado Festival Schimmel Center Financial District, Manhattan Saturday, March 31, 2018
One of today’s top male Fado voices. NY Fado Festival Schimmel Center Financial District, Manhattan Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturday, February 25, 2017 SCHIMMEL CENTER Financial District, NYC The young Fado sensation makes her NYC debut at the NY Fado Festival
Two-time world champions make their NY debut at Joe’s Pub in the East Village for the NY Fado Festival Sun, Feb 26, 2017
At Sport Club Portugues in Newark, NJ, Schimmel Center in the Financial District, and Joe’s Pub in the East Village, Feb 24-26, 2017
INTERVIEW ~ The living legend debuts “4 x Bibi” with the best of Piaf, Rodrigues, Gardel, and Sinatra at Symphony Space September 20 & 23, 2016
Two strong female vocalists sing Portuguese Fado, Spanish Flamenco, and Pop standards Carnegie Hall Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8pm
The Fado Renaissance
Fado was a folk music that almost died. It was once considered the old-fashioned music of your grandparents. Some of the instruments on which it is played are almost medieval.
Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) was the the “Rainha do Fado” (The Queen of Fado). She is the one artist who is most responsible for popularizing the music around the world.
Mariza (1973), who is Portuguese Mozambican, sang a televised tribute to the Queen after the death of Rodrigues. After that her friends urged her to record an album. She did and a new queen was crowned. It is wonderfully ironic that Mariza is originally from a former Portuguese colony.
Since then a new generation continues to explore and expand the form with all sorts of modern fusions. But no matter how you play it, it is always the haunting music of saudade.