- April 22, 2016
- 8:00 pm
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Orchestra $35 - $100
Loge $50 - $75
"Her lush alto voice can be smoky and hesitant or clear and pointed, working up to a tremulous insistence that hints at Fado's Arabic connections... Ms. Moura's Fado never forgets about the music's past, but it lives in the moment." -The New York Times
There is no other voice in Fado quite like that of Ana Moura. She strolls freely through tradition but flirts elegantly with pop music, broadening the spectrum of Fado, so typical of Lisbon, in a very personal way. But what sets her apart is not only her low-pitched and sensual tone—Ana Moura instantaneously transforms any melody to which she lends her voice, into Fado. It's an immediate spark, an emotional explosion aimed ruthlessly at the listener's heart.
Moura was invited to record her first album in 2003 by Tozé Brito, General Manager of Universal, after he traveled to Senhor Vinho to witness the voice he knew only from Sexto Sentido. She Introduced her fifth album Desfado in 2012, when she invited legendary jazzman Herbie Hancock to join her. Hancock lent the sound of his Fender Rhodes to Dream of Fire, one of the English songs included in Desfado. Moura also covers the Joni Mitchell track A Case of You.
Desfado features songs composed especially for Moura by people of her own generation but outsiders to Fado: Virgem Suta, Miguel Araújo, Luísa Sobral, Pedro Abrunhosa, and Manuel Cruz are some of the participants. It's no surprise that the album was presented as a turning point in the singer's career, highlighting her pop influence.
In addition to appealing to a new Portuguese audience, Desfado was well-received by the international market. Alongside the Fado regulars, Moura included a song by António Zambujo, lyrics by Aldina Duarte, Manuela de Freitas, and Mário Rainho. As for the musicians, Moura kept the Fado reference with Portuguese guitar by ngelo Freire and Fado viola by Pedro Soare. She also included the collaboration of double bass David Piltch (Bob Dylan, k.d.lang), guitar player Dean Parks (Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder), percussionist Jay Bellerose (Aimee Man, Ani DiFranco), keyboarder Patrick Warren (Fiona Apple, Bruce Springsteen), violinist Freddy Koella (Lhasa, Carla Bruni) and the quintessential saxophonist Tim Ries, the man who introduced her to The Rolling Stones, leading her to sing No Expectations and Brown Sugar.
Moura began 2014 with performances in Portugal and throughout Europe, including a special appearance with Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club in its Adios Tour. Moura has continued touring the U.S. and Canada since November 2014.
Photo By Isabel Pinto
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts