An Evening with Ana Moura and Special Guests
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm
Ana Moura, whose soulful and riveting interpretation of Portugal’s captivating fado style has won her an international following, brings her luxuriant voice and intense stage presence to Victoria’s wonderful Alix Goolden Hall, on March 5, 2013, at 7:30 pm, as part of her North American tour.
Akin to the blues in its heroically stoic response to suffering, loss, longing and the vicissitudes of fate, the Portuguese fado is in the midst of a glorious renaissance, and the music’s brightest young star is Ana Moura. Her fourth album, Leva-me aos Fados, was a world music sensation — a delectably sensual journey featuring traditional fado instrumentation that went triple-platinum in Portugal and reached 7th on Billboard’s Top World Albums chart. She was also nominated in the Best Artist category in the 2011 Songlines Music Awards (formerly known as BBC Music Awards); the first time a Portuguese artist was nominated in this category.
Moura's rapid ascent to global stardom has seen her perform in major concert halls and festivals all over the world (WOMAD, Montreal and San Francisco Jazz festivals, Carnegie Hall, etc.) and made fans and collaborators of The Rolling Stones and Prince, who traveled to Lisbon to work with her. Moura, who claims influences as varied as Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye, has emerged as a leading voice of traditional fado just as the venerable idiom is enjoying a renaissance of popularity. Her most recent accolade was representing Portugal, at the invitation of Caetano Veloso, to participate on his 70th birthday tribute record, “Um Tributo a Caetano Veloso”, joining the likes of Chrissie Hynde, Beck, Os Mutantes, Seu Jorge and others.
On her new album titled Desfado (produced by the multi-Grammy producer Larry Klein - Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman), Moura stretches her extraordinary talent beyond the limitations of traditional fado in every area. For the first time she sings in English as well as her native Portuguese, performing songs written in traditional fado form, as well as songs (Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You") which embody the spirit of fado, while not being fado in the traditional sense of the genre.
“Every song on this album is gorgeous and richly emotional without being bombastically emotive, and the rhythmic and thematic experiments only serve to deepen and enrich the tradition to which Ana Moura is clearly devoted.” – Rick Anderson
“Her lush alto voice can be smoky and hesitant or clear and pointed…she [makes] each song a series of small dramatic surges: glimmers of hope, hints of sensuality, passages of melancholy, glints of determination." — Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"Moura honors the tradition of fado even as she peers into its future." — Global Rhythm
“The sweet sound of sadness…” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Her mesmeric appeal radiates from within, even if you don’t know a syllable of Portuguese. Her ability to alternately whisper, growl and ring like a silver bell are the hallmarks of a fine singer,” —NPR Music
An Evening with Ana Moura is a presentation of ThreeSixty Entertainment, a Victoria company devoted to presenting world and roots music to local audiences.
For more information visit www.anamoura.com.pt or www.threesixtyentertainment.ca
TICKETS: Tickets are $36.00 (or $40 at the door) and available now on-line at www.brownpapertickets.com and Ditch Records & CDs (784 Fort Street) and Lyle’s Place (770 Yates St).