Fado is, without a doubt, the most internationally recognizable Portuguese musical style. Added recently to UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, it reached international recognition through the vast works of Amália Rodrigues, considered one of the great voices of the 20th century, and whose 100th year we celebrate in 2020.
Our Conference is an opportunity to share with the ESTA participants a little bit about the musical culture most intrinsic to the Portuguese people and experience both the solo and orchestral practices of said musical genre.
Artur Caldeira is a very experienced guitarist and professor at ESMAE, the Superior School of Music in Porto. As well as being a classical guitarist Artur is also a virtuoso on the Portuguese guitar and he has decades of experience playing with renowned fado singers. He has agreed to join us at Porto 2020 to share his enormous experience and knowledge about Fado, our cultural heritage.
In these strange times, when we were confined to our homes, we challenged you all to listen and play together “Fado da Madragoa”, one of the most traditional songs of our musical style recently classified as a UNESCO musical heritage.
Artur Caldeira on the viola and Marina Pacheco, working remotely, had already prepared the base for us so that we could add our own voice by recording one of the lines available and create a great project during the pre-conference Porto 2020 season.
Do not expect to hear Artur in the recording playing a viola from the bowed strings family that we so well know. In Fado the classical guitar is called a viola, and it is responsible for the whole rhythmic and harmonic base. We reserve the term guitar for the famous Fado instrument “Guitarra Portuguesa” which is in charge of embellishing, in an extremely virtuosic and emotional way, the dramatic texts that characterize Fado. Later, in the editing stage, when we joined all of our voices together, Artur with his Portuguese Guitar added the final layer to our project.
The magician in this project was Steve Bingham who brought all of us together and created the best possible sound and image for Fado4strings. Our infinite thanks to Steve for his artistry.
Lyrics – João Bastos
Music – Frederico Valério
Arrangement – Artur Caldeira
Voice – Marina Pacheco
Guitars – Artur Caldeira
Violin – Alison Major, Ana Catarina Pinto, Anastasia Soshnevskaya, Anthea Foong, Audrei Foong, Camille Foletto, Heng-Ching Fang, Kristian Kolman, Maurici Dalmau, Milena Babich
Viola – Emília Alves, Hazel Veitch, Jorge Alves, Kristian Kolman, Shoko Middleton
Cello – Attila Pasztor,Elizabeth Juett, Hendrik Fuß, Laura Folch, Sharon Kinder
Double Bass – Hendrik Fuß
Audio & Video editing – Steve Bingham