For Para Além da Saudade (Beyond Sadness), her third album, Ana Moura has deepened her ongoing creative partnership with Jorge Fernando, who contributes music and lyrics, plus sensitive yet gloriously intricate accompaniment. She also interprets works by Custódio Castelo, another noted guitar virtuoso and arranger, and a host of other revered songwriters. GRAMMY® Award-winning sax man Tim Ries, who has played with The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Joe Henderson, Sheryl Crow and innumerable other top recording artists, co-composed Velho Anjo and sits in on “A Sós com a Noite,” while Spanish singer/actor Patxi Andión appears on “Vaga, no Azul Amplo Solta.” Whether starkly declaiming or swirling into filigreed crescendos of emotion, Ana Moura’s burnished alto personifies fado’s darkly sensual credo of wisdom born of pain, grace amid futility, and sexual passion perpetually on simmer, despite repeated and increasingly bitter betrayals.
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“António Zambujo briefly joined her for a gorgeously understated duet towards the end of the evening. It was a shame that he didn’t stay longer. Gentle and unassuming, he could almost be Portugal’s version of the great Chico Buarque.” - The London Times’s review of Ana Moura at The Barbican.
"…This is a voice that could make men do anything – and regret it.
And Moura knows how to deliver. She does a sexy sashay across the stage while singing in the voice of a wounded innocent, an irresistible combination. Even in upbeat songs she seems to bare her heart and soul, establishing an immediate and visceral connection to her audience, then drawing them deeper into the music by inviting them to clap along. In its purest form, fado is a participatory experience, with listeners expected to react noisily. Moura takes that to a whole new level, captivating a large audience with open arms and a beguiling combination of sophistication and vulnerability…
The audience was on its feet by the time Moura waltzed off the stage, blowing kisses and waving goodbye like everyone in the audience was her personal friend. If there were any hearts still not won over, she captured them by coming back for an encore that opened with an incredibly soulful “Good night, Cleveland…thank you, Cleveland.” Even in a town where a million singers have closed shows with those lines, it was a stirring, heartfelt moment.”
“Why is it that Fado, the traditional soulful music of Portugal, has been embraced by audiences around the world? “I think more people are trying to discover new musical sounds that can make them feel different things and Fado has [a way of doing that],” says Fado superstar Ana Moura. On Friday, March 22nd beginning at 7:30 pm in Gartner Auditorium, Ana Moura will share the music from her latest album Desfado and other traditional Fado songs as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s VIVA! & Gala series.
We spoke to Ana Moura by telephone in California, and talked about her new album, growing up in a musical family, and her past musical projects with the Rolling Stones and Prince…
Mike Telin: Did you grow up in a musical family?
AM: Yes, my family sang Fado and other styles of traditional music. My father plays guitar and sings and my mother also sings. All of my mother’s family, her sisters and my grandmother all sing quite well, but they never did it professionally. When I was very little, my weekends were spent with my parents and their friends jamming, my father playing guitar and everyone singing together. My first contact with Fado came from there…”
“Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re sad. For them, there’s only one kind of music: fado.
"It’s a way to express your feelings, your soul," said Portuguese native Ana Moura, who plays Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “It’s kind of Portuguese soul music. It’s usually related to sad feelings.”
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