Ramana Vieira Fado Ensemble, Sunday September 10th at 2 pm
Ramana Vieira Ensemble
Ramana Vieira on Vocals, Brad Bivens on Guitar, Ela Polak on Violin, and Steve Fowler on Bass.
Ramana Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the New Voice of Portuguese World Music. She has headlined the worlds largest Portuguese festival, the New Bedford Portuguese Feast in Massachusetts, and has performed at the 2010 Encontro Festival in Macau. One of her original songs, Unido Para Amar, was played for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, and she was chosen to submit to sing for the 50th Grammy Awards special MusiCares benefit honoring Aretha Franklin. She also is a prolific songwriter having penned her own original Fado inspired tunes, teaming up with some of the most award winning luso-Poets.
Fado, the most widely recognized music of Portugal, is a passionate, soul-stirring music with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption. Legendary fadista Amália Rodriguez popularized fado in the 20th century, and today, platinum-selling Portuguese singers Ana Moura and Mariza are selling out concert halls in the US. The New York Times has recognized Ramana Vieira as an American at the forefront of the fado resurgence.
According to Ramana, nobody else is doing what we are doing with fado. Part of her innovative approach to the music is in the instrumentation. Traditionally, fado was music for voice and the guitarra Portuguesa, a 12-string guitar derived from a type of African lute. But as Larry Rohter of The New York Times has noted, Conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music with cello and drums.
Ramanas personal relationship to fado music lies deep in her family history, as her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Ramana was born in San Leandro, California, to Portuguese immigrants, and was exposed to the voices of Portugals past at a young age. During my childhood, I sang with my mother to Amália Rodgrigues and other fabulous fadistas that were part of her special record collection, said Ramana.
Her passion for music continued as she matured and eventually she attended the American Conservatory Theatre where she did her vocal training with Faith Winthrop, San Franciscos grande dame of song and one of the most respected singers and vocal coaches on the scene today. Along with singing, Ramana studied drama and dance as well as performing in theatrical productions.
Although she had dreams of a Broadway career, her direction shifted abruptly when a famous music producer inspired her to embrace her Portuguese roots. Shortly after that she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with the local fado singers and musicians, bringing the house to its feet with her authentic, yet individual style. It was there I discovered that there was nothing in the world more gratifying to me than singing fado.
RAMANA VIEIRA CONTINUES TO DELIVER THE ESSENCE OF FADO!
Ramana Vieira recently completed a successful series of shows in California at the world acclaimed Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, the Fenix in Marin and SFLive Arts in San Francisco, as well as just taught at the prestigious JazzCampWest in La Honda, Ca.
She also performed for the Bernie Saunders Presidential Campaign in Berkeley, Ca. in May 2016.
Vieira, who recently released a new album, Fado da Vida, has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the New Voice of Portuguese World Music. She has headlined the world's largest Portuguese festival, the New Bedford Portuguese Feast in Massachusetts, and performed at the 2010 Encontro Festival in Macau. One of her original songs, Unido Para Amar, was played during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Vieira was also chosen to sing for the 50th Grammy Awards special MusiCares benefit honoring Aretha Franklin, and was invited by United States Congressman Jim Costa to perform for the president of the Azores, alongside the internationally acclaimed guitarrista and artist Chico Avila. The opening track of her new album, Cabo Verde, was nominated as Best World Music Song at the 2015 International Portuguese Music Awards. She was also recently nominated for best fado with Ai Mouraria with the International Portuguese Music Awards in 2016. She has been written up in the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and a variety of newspapers, magazines, blogs and media across the Globe.
The new voice of Portuguese World music Antonio Olilveira, Mundo Portuguese, NYC
2015 International Portuguese Music Awards Nominee
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