Fado is certainly the only Portuguese song internationally recognized as such. Of popular origin and developed in urban environments, exchanged influences with genres like Morna, the Chôro, Bolero … If consensus is difficult while determinating its origin, it will be easier to appreciate the emotion it conveys, sometimes with texts ranging from popular poetry to Camões, sometimes with the groans of the Portuguese guitar or other instruments that through Fado are venturing into instrumentals of rare beauty.
Recently considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Fado is gaining more space within the world-music, being, in fact, a music of the World. This project will present Fado in various aspects, from the more traditional to fusions more or less unusual, where the surprise and improvisation will play an important role.
Artur Caldeira, classic and portuguese guitar, teacher
He was born in Braga, Portugal.
Degree and Master in Classical Guitar at ESMAE Porto, in the class of Professor José Pina he began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music Calouste Gulbenkian in Braga, under the guidance of the same teacher. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the “University of Extremadura” in Spain. Won the 1st prize in the national contest “Parnassus 93” and 1st place ex-aequo the Prize Helena Sá e Costa in 1995. Played with the Orquestra Clássica under the direction of conductors such as Meir Minsky, João Paulo Santos, Marc Tardue and Niel Thompson, with the Orquestra do Norte under the direction of Ferreira Lobo and recorded for RDP.
Performed several chamber music concerts, including the duet with guitarist José Pina, with whom performed the premiere of Fernando Lapa’s “Itineraries”. With the cellist Jed Barahal he premiered “Plural VIII” and “Laments ” also composed by Fernando Lapa. He also premiered Marina Pikoul’s “In Memory of Dawn” for Portuguese Guitar and Orchestra under David Lloyd’s direction.
He founded the ensemble “Som Ibérico”, for which he writes various arrangements of portuguese pop songs. With this group he participated in important festivals of World Music in the Iberian Peninsula and recorded a CD signing its production and musical direction. He participated, as guest musician, in the film “Fados”, from the Spanish director Carlos Saura, alongside with Mariza, Miguel Poveda, Paulo Soares, Juan Carlos Romero and Carlos do Carmo. Within the field of Fado he also worked with João Braga, Ana Maria Bobone, Ricardo Ribeiro, Ana Sofia Varela, Cláudia Madur, Diamantina, Carlos do Carmo, Ricardo Rocha, José Luís Nobre Costa, Joel Pina, among others.
This versatility allows him to approach a repertoire that spans many musical genres, including jazz, having been performing in Portugal (including Madeira and Azores) and Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Morocco, Mozambique and South Africa. Professor at Porto’s Music Conservatory since 1992, currently teaches in ESMAE – IPP.
Ana Barros, singer, alumni
Ana Barros has graduated in ESMAE, where she attended classes with Rui Taveira and Fernanda Correia. Between 2003 and 2006, she worked with Peter Harrison, Lorna Marshall and Jeff Cohen at the Opera Studio at Casa da Música. As a student she worked with names like Jill Feldman, Philip Langridge, Gundula Janovic, Laura Sarti, Hilde Zadek, Patricia McMahon and Elisabete Matos.
During his career she has worked under the direction of several conductors: J. L. Borges Coelho, R. Massena, A. Kilt, M. Ivo Cruz, Eugenio Amorim, Osvaldo Ferreira, R. Gwilt, M. Andre, W. Lacey, F. LaVeccia, R. Manfredini, C. König, J. Lombana, G. And M. Andreoli Tardue. She performs regularly in the most prestigious halls in Portugal, with the portuguese orchestras Sinfonica do Porto – Casa da Música, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the North, and also with internacional orchestras, such as Galicia Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music. She has participated in several opera productions: L’Elisir d’amore (Donizetti); Madame Butterfly (Puccini); Cunning Little Vixen (Janácek); Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Bastien und Bastienne e Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart); Il Trovatore (Verdi); Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdink); Un mari à la porte (Offenbach); L’Ivrogne corrigé (Gluck); Joaz (B. Marcello); Die Lustige Witwe (Lehár); Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni); Amor de perdição (J. Arroyo); Carmen (Bizet); O Rapaz de Bronze (Nuno Corte-Real); Serrana (A. Keil) – arrangement by Victor de Faria for the Quarteto Vintage. She is also working on interpretation of contemporary Portuguese music, with recordings for radio (Antena2), TV (RTP1 and RTP2) and CD. Recently, made a tour on California and Oregon, with pianist C. Margotto and cellist J. Barahal. Ana Barros has premiered works by Vasques Dias, Corte-Real, J. F. Lézé, E. Amorim, F. Lapa, Fernando Valente, Carlos Azevedo, P. Faria Gomes and Chagas Rosa. Performes in duo with pianist Isabel Sá, Christina Margotto and António Oliveira, guitarist Augusto Pacheco with which she recorded chamber music for guitar and voice by F. Lopes Graça Ana Barros has devoted special attention to Fado, having recorded with the group Som Ibérico, directed by Artur Caldeira. With Fatum Ensemble, made a tour through Mexico in 2013.
With the project “Momentum” will perform in Dublin, York and Vigo, as well as several theaters and auditoriums in Portugal, and record an album with music based on the tradition of Fado. Works with pianist Bruno Belthoise in the presentation of the show Severa – O fado de um fado, staged by Peter Brook, in 2014. Also with Bruno Belthoise, she works on the presentation of the BWK project, with the French woodwind quintet Concert Impromptu, with future performances in the acclaimed festivals of Normandy (France) and Brecht Festival (Germany).
António Augusto Aguiar, double bass, teacher
After his education at the Escola Superior de Música do Porto with Florian Pertzborn, he compltd a Masters in Performance MMus from the Royal Academy of Music in London with Duncan McTier. He received the Major Prize “Special Foundation Award” in addition to the diploma “Licenciate – Double Bass teacher. I
n 1999 he was the winner of “Manlio & Selma Di Veroli Double Bass Prize”. Principal Double-Bassist of the Remix Ensemble since its foundation in 2000, António recorded about ten CD’s dedicated to contemporary music. He is also a member of the chamber music group “Camerata Senza Misura”, with which he has recorded the CD “Miguel Torga – retratos e paisagens” (Numérica label). Since 1992 António Aguiar has developed a strong interest in Jazz, playing in the “Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos” for 5 years.
He has participated in CD recordings of ” A Lenda” by Carlos Azevedo, “Encomenda” of the Quinteto de Mário Santos, “Narsad Suite” by Luís Lapa, “Ad Libitum” for Solo Double Bass, “Raku” by Hugo Danin Trio and “Nuvem” by Mário Santos Quartet. His composition “Pandora” (Improvisation) was performed by Remix Ensemble at Casa da Musica (Porto), Azores, Clairemont Ferrain (France) and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK).
António is a Professor at the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo in Porto. He concluded in 2012 a Ph.D in Music at the Universidade de Aveiro on the subject “Form and memory in Improvisation”.
António Saiote, clarinet, teacher
Daniel Paredes, classic guitar
Daniel Paredes was born in Wil, Switzerland, in 1991.
He began studying classical guitar at the age of eight, influenced by Artur Caldeira. Already living in Portugal, he attended the Music Conservatory Calouste Gulbenkian in Braga in the class of the guitar player Rui Gama.
Participated in masterclasses with Ricardo Moyano, Celso Machado, Carlinhos Machado, José Pina, Artur Caldeira, Margarita Escarpa and Carlos Bonnel. He won the second prize in the First Guitar Competition in Fundão, the second prize in the Luso-Spanish competition in Fafe and two first prizes at the Conservatory Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga.
Dedicated to an eclectic repertoire enriched by languages such as Jazz and Fado, he has performed in Portugal, Spain, Romania, Lithuania and Cyprus. His versatility has influenced many young guitarists in the study of the instrument.
Daniel is currently in his final year to complete the degree in Guitar at ESMAE, Porto, in the class of Professor Artur Caldeira.
Márcio Pinto, percussion
Márcio Pinto began his musical studies in 1999 beginning with the classical guitar two years later began studying drums. In 2003 he entered the professional school of music in Espinho percussion course under the guidance of teachers Joaquim Alves, Nuno Aroso, Pedro Oliveira and Rui Gomes. During this period he attends the professional course of study also makes percussions World Tarabia with Pancho and Nicolas Arnicho.
It also participates in three years in several masterclasses with the following teachers: Jean Francois Leze, Michael Weilacher, Dalga Larrondo, Speak percussion duo, Joel Grare, Arnicho Nicolas, Nicolas and Emmanuel Séjournée Martynciow. Makes Several classical concerts with the Orchestre de Espinho of which highlight concerts with soloists Maria João and Mário Laginha Festival international de Vigo, Burrow also with the Orchestra participates in the North where cd recording.
In 2006 enters the School of Music and Performing Arts in percussion course with Professors Miguel Bernat, Manuel Campos, Nuno Aroso, Jean Francois Leze and Michael Loren, attended the same school intensive course timbilas Mozambican Matchume with Zango. Plays in the year 2006/2007 with the National Orchestra of Porto, is a musician of assistant dance classes of monitors Eva Ballet in Azevedo theater, Ginasiano, Contagiarte and joins the group dance and percussion Seed develops where part of traditional African percussion, acted in several festivals in Portugal and Spain, dvd record in 2007. Participated in workshop Professional Level with Billy Konate and Keita Namory.
In 2008 a traveling tour of 17 concerts in South America with the group Olivetreedance He studied traditional Brazilian rhythms of Salvador da Bahia.
In 2009 travels on tour to India three concerts with the Group Olivetreedance, travels to Burkina Faso where he Balafon intensive course with Master Issiaka Dembele. Attended the course in musical entertainer with House of Music Tim Steiner. Played with as a guest musician Sérgio Godinho, in presenting “final draft” concert presented at the Music House.
Working with Grupo Casa da Música Retimbrar where supervisor, worked in 2010/2011 with the Men Fight. In February 2011 we toured with Olivetreedance USA which highlights South By Southwest in Austin Texas, where they made the recording studios Fire Station, University of Texas. In June makes Olivetreedance tour with Italy and Ireland, Sonopolis concert at the Music House. teaches percussion classes at the Academy of Music and Academy Perosinho Artâmega. Recorded a solo work dedicated to Africa Festival drums and percussion of plowing. Currently plays with Olivetreedance, Bate & Bala, Drumming Percussion Group, FreeLancer.
Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Portugal
Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), belonging to the Porto’s Polytechnic Institute (IPP) emerged (1994), after the extinction of the Superior School of Music, with intention to widen its offer of graduation courses to other artistic areas beyond music. Nowadays, ESMAE encloses three departments: Music (instrument, singing, composition, early music, jazz, production and music technologies); Theatre and Visual Arts.ESMAE has developed varied partnerships in order to give a chance to its students to show their work, off campus through concerts and festivals.
ESMAE has nearly 830 students and 140 teachers. ESMAE has got more than 90 cooperation agreements with international institutions and has been taking part in European projects since 2003;active partner in AEC and ELIA (performing arts european associations), in several ERASMUS IPs such as Operamedia, IICS, SACS, La Follia, Phoenix and promoter of several national and international festivals like HARMOS festival, IRI and SET.