Ana Moura: Sold out!
Sparked by a remarkable generation of young singers, fado has emerged over the past decade or so as a force on the world music scene, and the brightest light bringing the soul-baring music to new audiences is Ana Moura. Draped in a lacy black gown, her raven tresses cascading down her bare shoulders, she captures the spirit of the iconic fadista, a singer devoted to the tradition-bound Portuguese musical style that marries poetry about love, loss and the vicissitudes of fate to sumptuously plaintive melodies. While she hews to many of the genres conventions, performing accompanied by 12-string Portuguese guitars, Moura embodies fado’s contemporary spirit. With her gorgeous voice and riveting stage presence she’s captured fans like Caetano Veloso, the Rolling Stones and Prince, who made a surprise backstage visit during her first SFJAZZ performance. In an inspired pairing, four-time Grammy Award winner Larry Klein produced her new album, his latest collaboration with a supremely gifted female artist (his credits include Joni Mitchell, Luciana Souza, Melody Gardot, and Madeleine Peyroux). Much like the blues, fado is defined by its unabashed emotional intensity and preoccupation with heartbreak, betrayal and separation. In Moura’s hands, this ritualized form of emotional release takes flight, soaring to new emotional heights.