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Ramana Vieira – A Journey to the World of Portuguese Fado with guest artist, Carlos Reyes

Due to unforeseen circumstances this concert has been canceled. We are working to reschedule this concert to a future date.

Date & Time: Postponed to a future date
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Program: Contemporary Portuguese Fado

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Ramana Vieira is one of the leading singers of contemporary Fado music.This music is sometimes called “Portuguese Blues”. Ramana’s work captures the essence of Fado and well beyond. She performs and records music that ranges from the soulful haunting ballads and catchy playful songs of Fado, to American classics and beyond. Ramana is an internationally acclaimed recording artist and a northern California native of Portuguese descent. She also is a stunning vocalist, a proficient pianist and gifted songwriter who has composed, performed and recorded many of her own original Fados. Several of these have been nominated at the International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA).

Carlos Reyes recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist– has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five. Born in Paraguay South America, he began his musical education at the age of three and a half on the violin. He made his debut on the Paraguayan harp with the Oakland Symphony and his debut on the violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at just fourteen years of age. He has worked in the professional recording industry for commercials, solo artist and instrumental background music for the acclaimed children’s shows “Sesame Street” and “Villa Alegre” when he was still in his teens.

Carlos thrilled thousands of loyal followers with the Jazz-Rock group Merlin as they played all over the SF bay area. Touring in Europe and representing Paraguay at the worlds fair in Hanover Germany he was received with standing ovations and given a medal from the Vatican for his musical contributions.

Joining her, is David Parker on Bass and Jeff Furtado on Guitar.

About the Artist

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Ramana Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.” Described by the San Francisco Examiner as a “rising star in world music” and by the Boston Globe as deserving “a prominent place in the front rank of today’s Fado singers,” Ms. Vieria has currently been nominated in the 2016 Fado Performance Artist category for the International Portuguese Music Awards, IPMA held in New Bedford, Mass. Vieira was the first inaugural Fado Educator at several Musical educational type settings, including most recently JAzzCampWest in La Honda, Ca.

She is a gifted songwriter/composer and has created a Fado Fusion sound that is a blend of the classic Fado with a more contemporary sound to expose and broaden new audiences in her quest to introduce Fado to today’s music listeners.

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. She has toured thru the Hawaiian Islands, Asia, Europe and East Coast.

The most widely recognized music of Portugal; Fado is a passionate, soul-stirring music with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption. Legendary fadista, Amália Rodrigues popularized Fado in the 20th century, and it is once again enjoying considerable popularity today, thanks to platinum-selling Portuguese singers such as Ana Moura and Mariza. The New York Times has recognized Vieira as an American artist at the forefront of the Fado resurgence. 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.”

Vieira’s personal relationship to Fado music lies deep in her family history. Her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. She was born in San Leandro, California, to Portuguese immigrant parents, and was exposed to the voices of Portugal’s 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,” she remembers.

Although Vieira had dreams of a Broadway career, her direction shifted abruptly when a famous music producer inspired her to embrace her Portuguese roots. Shortly thereafter, she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with local Fado singers and musicians, bringing audiences to their 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.”Her first recording was an EP, Sem Ti (Without You), released in 2000. In 2004 she released Despi A Alma (Stripping the Soul), followed in 2009 by Lagrimas De Rainha (Tears of a Queen.) In its review of that album, Blogcritics.org stated, “…Vieira never neglects the genre’s origins. To visit Portugal without leaving home, pick up Vieira’s new album and be transported.” Allmusic.com noted that “she is well aware of Fado’s rich history, although the expressive singer obviously isn’t afraid to carve out an appealing identity of her own. And that willingness to take chances serves Vieira well.” Her release “Fado Da Vida” gained three international nominations with the International Portuguese Music awards and rave reviews.

On stage from the age of five, Carlos Reyes never ceases to amaze.  World renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin, Carlos’ musical talents have touched the hearts and spirits of people around the world.  From performances on the stages in Havana Cuba to the Vatican, his music transcends all boundaries. Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin and Classical styles.

Born in Paraguay to a world-famous musician and national hero, Carlos began to play the violin at age three and a half under his father’s strict tutelage.  He moved with his family to the United States as a child and continued to develop his already extraordinary musical talent.  At age ten, he debuted on harp with the Oakland Symphony and made his debut on violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at age fourteen.

He continued to develop his talent on both harp and violin, establishing himself as a successful solo artist, touring the world and also sharing the stage with a long list of musical superstars such as Steve Miller, Zac Brown, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson and many others.  Bay Area audiences have been fortunate to see Carlos in concert with legendary slide guitarist Roy Rogers. Carlos has performed for 6 presidents and recently invited to perform at The White House along side Gloria Estefan, trumpet master Arturo Sandoval, Mexican artists -Lila Downs and Marco Antonio Solis.

 In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards; and is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer and has been at the forefront of introducing the Electric Harp to the world.  He has consistently broken technical and musical boundaries and pioneered techniques that have expanded musical possibilities for musicians and audiences alike.  Standing ovations are the norm, not the exception — when Carlos and his aptly named band “The Electrick Symphony” performs. 

The magnitude of Carlos’ musical talent is matched only by his spirit and generosity.  His passion for helping others is evident through his frequent appearances at benefits such as Hope for Haiti, the Voices of Latin Rock, the Animal Rescue Foundation, work with local school systems and numerous community events.

Carlos is also a known speaker and lecturer giving talks, workshops and master classes in the field of music, Harp, violin and stage performance, and the psychology of the artist’s performance on stage. …This at a college level. His vast experience and training has given him so much knowledge to share to his academic audience from a learned and real world personal experience, He has recently shared the stage and lectured with renowned author and speaker Dr. Daniel Levitin. Some of his classroom stages have been Miami University, Diablo Valley Collage, Special invitation to Cuba to speak, teach and record with the world famous La Camerata Romeu producing a CD of Latin American/Jazz music for The Camerata and Carlos on Harp and Violin.

What is Fado?

Fado is the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dating back to 19th century.  The word Fado literally means destiny or fate.  Musically, Fado is characterized by poetic lyrics related to the darker elements of love, loss, redemption, and occasionally humor–as heard on her original composition “A Fadista” from her Fado da Vida album. Fado contains Moorish musical roots and must follow a specific musical structure.  Its eruptive ballads evoke the emotion of saudade–a yearning for something lost. During a grievous time and turbulent era in Portuguese history, Fado was popularized as it served as a means of cathartic lamentation for the mourning and sorrowful.

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