Ana Laíns with Pedro Galveias: Traditional Portuguese Fado Music

World Music Series

October 16, 2015 | 8:00 PM Kilbourn Hall
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This October, Portuguese fado singer Ana Laíns will be leading her first US tour, joined by special guest Pedro Galveias, with concert dates, workshops and other appearances scheduled in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The tour follows closely on Ana’s one-year tenure as the international ambassador of the Portuguese language. Ana Laíns’ music spans the full depth and breadth of Portuguese fado music, an art form recently recognized by UNESCO for its profound importance to world culture. Ana’s music has achieved wide critical and artistic acclaim, as well as various prizes (including best young female singer in Lisbon’s Grande Noite de Fado (Grand Night of the Fado), the country’s top fado competition). She has released two CDs (Sentidos and Quatro Caminhos) and performed extensively both within and outside Portugal.

Ana is joined on this tour by the singer Pedro Galveias, one of the most established and storied voices of Lisbon’s underground fado scene. Pedro has released two CDs and was twice a winner in the category of best male singer in Lisbon’s Grande Noite de Fado. Accompanying the singer are two master musicians, Sandro Costa (on the Portuguese guitar) and Tô Neto (on the classical guitar), both of whom have performed widely at all levels of the fado, from Lisbon’s hidden taverns to the worldwide stage.

Together, the music of this group spans traditional and contemporary expressions of Portuguese fado, with stories of heartache, joy and longing conjuring images of Portugal’s centuries-old history and of our shared human condition.

As part of the tour, the group will be holding university workshops, school visits, and other activities to introduce a wide range of people to fado music in particular and to Portuguese culture in general. The tour is organized by Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange, Inc. (PACE) a Massachusetts not-for-profit whose mission is to bridge US and Portuguese cultures through the fado. The tour follows previous highly successful PACE programs, including tours by Ricardo Ribeiro, Rodrigo Costa Félix and Duarte Coxo, with extensive participation from US-based fado performers.

The World Music Series is sponsored by a generous gift from Barbara B. Smith.

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