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Ana Moura

Die aussergewöhnliche Sängerin ist Portugals führende Fadista und zählt u.a. den seligen Prince und die Rolling Stones zu ihren Verehrern.

Die aussergewöhnliche Sängerin ist Portugals führende Fadista. Sie hat den Fado entstaubt und bei einem jungen Publikum zu neuer Blüte geführt. Mit ihren Alben «Desfado» und «Moura», produziert von Grammy Gewinner Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), hat sie das Spektrum des Fado in Richtung Jazz und Pop erweitert.
Dennoch erinnert sie mit ihrer vollen, sinnlichen Altstimme und in ihrer Aura an die alten Legenden des Fado. Mühelos wechselt sie zwischen zarter Zerbrechlichkeit und kraftvoller Intensität.

Ihre Lieder zeugen von aus Schmerz geborener Weisheit und Anmut, von Leidenschaft und bitterem Verrat. Es geht um Liebe, Sehnsucht und patriotischen Stolz - wohl kaum eine Musik wird so eng mit der Psyche eines Volkes verbunden wie der portugiesische Fado. Ana Moura steht für diese Form des Weltschmerzes.

Die im portugiesischen Santarém geborene Sängerin ist als Teenager zunächst mit einer Rockband aufgetreten. Später interessierte sie sich mehr und mehr für den portugiesischen Fado, suchte sich ein passendes Ensemble und fügte dem klassischen Gitarrentrio noch Keyboards und Schlagzeug hinzu. Sie entstaubte den traditionellen Fado, in dem sie Einflüsse aus Jazz und Pop einführte. So machte sie die Musik auch einem jüngeren Publikum zugänglich.

Ana Moura
Gesang

Ângelo Freire
portugiesische Gitarre

Pedro Soares 
Gitarre

André Moreira
Bass

João Gomes
Keyboards

Mário Costa
Schlagzeug

«Fado ist Portugals Antwort auf den Blues.»
The Guardian

Addendum

  • There is no other fado voice quite like Ana Moura’s. A voice that traipses freely through tradition but also takes time to flirt with pop music, to broaden the scope of this Lisbon song form in a highly personal way. But what really sets her apart is not just the deep and sensual timbre that few others can produce. Ana Moura is adroit at instantly transforming any melody she sings into fado, like a fuse that sizzles and explodes in the hearts of those who are listening.

    In full-on adolescent mode of discoveries and rebellions, at the age of 14 Ana Moura moves from Coruche to Carcavelos to go to secondary school. She comes not just to sing but to also study song, enrolling in the Amateur Music Academy. She forms her first band with friends from school. Although she sings other genres, her voice, left to its own devices, rapidly gravitates towards the register required for fado. Even when singing with rock groups, she still manages to squeeze one or two fados onto the playlist - usually Amália’s «Povo que Lavas no Rio» (People Who Wash Clothes in the River). Amália is something of an idol to Ana at this stage in her career.

    Her experience with this cover band, Sexto Sentido (Sixth Sense), eventually leads her to record a pop/rock album with the musician Luís Oliveira, for release on the multinational Universal label. However, the record is never finished. Destiny intervenes and leads Ana Moura to a bar in Carcavelos, where she gives in to the temptation to sing fado. The guitarist António Parreira, who is there that night, is so impressed that he takes her by the hand and leads her on a tour of fado houses. At a Christmas party for musicians and fado singers, Ana Moura is merrymaking with those who are to inhabit her nights from then on, when she is invited to sing a song.

    The invitation comes from Maria da Fé, co-owner of the prestigious Senhor Vinho fado house, who is unable to resist such raw talent. The applause is accompanied by the offer of a resident spot from Maria da Fé. It was the beginning of Ana Moura the professional fado singer.

    In 2012, and on the back of 4 successful albums that have affirmed her status as one of fado’s greatest voices, Ana Moura contributes to the Caetano Veloso tribute album, with a version of «Janelas Abertas n.º 2» (Open Windows no. 2) produced by José Mário Branco. In November, Portugal sees the launch of «Desfado», her 5th album of original tracks. This proves to be something of a turning point in her career and culminates in a 3-year long tour. In between numerous international concerts, she returns to Portugal for a series of sold-out shows. Ana Moura no longer belongs just to Portugal - she is now of the World. «Desfado» is already being called a classic and an icon of contemporary Portuguese music. It has remained firmly at the top of the charts ever since it was first released. When it hit platinum for the 6th time, it also became the best-selling Portuguese album of the decade.

    Ana Moura’s 6th album «Moura», comprising all original tracks, came out in Portugal on 27 November 2015 and has already gone triple platinum. The album tour took in three continents and involved more than 150 performances in some of the world’s premier venues, including the Olympia, in Paris, Carnegie Hall, in New York, the Barbican Centre, in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

    In November 2017, with 15 years of career behind her, Ana Moura brings out her first ‘Best of’ album, with all her major hits. Of her singing, we can only say that it was born in fado. We have no idea where it will take us or what 2019 has in store.

    Ana Moura has morphed from a purely Portuguese fado singer into a world-class performer, as evidenced by the near half million records she has sold, over a dozen awards, including 2 Golden Globes, 2 Amália awards and 1 Best Artist nomination for the Songlines Music Awards, and joint performances with such musical icons as Prince, The Rolling Stones, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Herbie Hancock, Benjamin Clementine and U2.

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    «Fado ist Portugals Antwort auf den Blues.»
    The Guardian

    Addendum

    • There is no other fado voice quite like Ana Moura’s. A voice that traipses freely through tradition but also takes time to flirt with pop music, to broaden the scope of this Lisbon song form in a highly personal way. But what really sets her apart is not just the deep and sensual timbre that few others can produce. Ana Moura is adroit at instantly transforming any melody she sings into fado, like a fuse that sizzles and explodes in the hearts of those who are listening.

      In full-on adolescent mode of discoveries and rebellions, at the age of 14 Ana Moura moves from Coruche to Carcavelos to go to secondary school. She comes not just to sing but to also study song, enrolling in the Amateur Music Academy. She forms her first band with friends from school. Although she sings other genres, her voice, left to its own devices, rapidly gravitates towards the register required for fado. Even when singing with rock groups, she still manages to squeeze one or two fados onto the playlist - usually Amália’s «Povo que Lavas no Rio» (People Who Wash Clothes in the River). Amália is something of an idol to Ana at this stage in her career.

      Her experience with this cover band, Sexto Sentido (Sixth Sense), eventually leads her to record a pop/rock album with the musician Luís Oliveira, for release on the multinational Universal label. However, the record is never finished. Destiny intervenes and leads Ana Moura to a bar in Carcavelos, where she gives in to the temptation to sing fado. The guitarist António Parreira, who is there that night, is so impressed that he takes her by the hand and leads her on a tour of fado houses. At a Christmas party for musicians and fado singers, Ana Moura is merrymaking with those who are to inhabit her nights from then on, when she is invited to sing a song.

      The invitation comes from Maria da Fé, co-owner of the prestigious Senhor Vinho fado house, who is unable to resist such raw talent. The applause is accompanied by the offer of a resident spot from Maria da Fé. It was the beginning of Ana Moura the professional fado singer.

      In 2012, and on the back of 4 successful albums that have affirmed her status as one of fado’s greatest voices, Ana Moura contributes to the Caetano Veloso tribute album, with a version of «Janelas Abertas n.º 2» (Open Windows no. 2) produced by José Mário Branco. In November, Portugal sees the launch of «Desfado», her 5th album of original tracks. This proves to be something of a turning point in her career and culminates in a 3-year long tour. In between numerous international concerts, she returns to Portugal for a series of sold-out shows. Ana Moura no longer belongs just to Portugal - she is now of the World. «Desfado» is already being called a classic and an icon of contemporary Portuguese music. It has remained firmly at the top of the charts ever since it was first released. When it hit platinum for the 6th time, it also became the best-selling Portuguese album of the decade.

      Ana Moura’s 6th album «Moura», comprising all original tracks, came out in Portugal on 27 November 2015 and has already gone triple platinum. The album tour took in three continents and involved more than 150 performances in some of the world’s premier venues, including the Olympia, in Paris, Carnegie Hall, in New York, the Barbican Centre, in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

      In November 2017, with 15 years of career behind her, Ana Moura brings out her first ‘Best of’ album, with all her major hits. Of her singing, we can only say that it was born in fado. We have no idea where it will take us or what 2019 has in store.

      Ana Moura has morphed from a purely Portuguese fado singer into a world-class performer, as evidenced by the near half million records she has sold, over a dozen awards, including 2 Golden Globes, 2 Amália awards and 1 Best Artist nomination for the Songlines Music Awards, and joint performances with such musical icons as Prince, The Rolling Stones, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Herbie Hancock, Benjamin Clementine and U2.

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