Three time nominated artist with IPMA- (International Portuguese Music Awards), Ramana Vieira will perform traditional, ballad-style fados that pay homage to the “Queen of Fado,” Amália Rodrigues, along with up-tempo compositions from her Internationally acclaimed 2015 album, Fado Da Vida. Her new work, sung in both English and Portuguese, captures influences from all the countries of Portuguese language and cultural heritage.
Ramana will be joined by three talented Oregonian Musicians: The versatile violinist Rory Holbrook, Portland Native Classically trained Bernardo Gomez on bass and the Latin American Guitar Virtuoso Ricardo Cardenas residing in Eugene, Oregon.
“Fado” literally means “fate” or “destiny” and is the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dating back to the early 19th century. Vieira infuses her performance with innovative instrumentation, creative layers and soaring vocals.
The New York Times has recognized Ramana Vieira as an American at the forefront of the “Fado” resurgence. Born of Portuguese immigrants, Vieira grew up in the Bay Area listening to American pop, alongside traditional Portuguese music. She studied music at the The American Conservatory Theatre and it was during a trip to Portugal that she shifted
her professional vision and began a deep exploration of “Fado.” She found that the native music ignited her spirit and provided her with an authentic professional path. She has since become recognized as one of the new voices of Portuguese World Music. Vieira’s brilliant musicality and colorful heritage offers her audience a rare opportunity to enjoy the traditional ”Fado” as well as her multifaceted fusion of what is essential to Portuguese and American classics.
Ramana Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the, “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.” She has headlined the world's largest Portuguese festival, the New Bedford Portuguese Feast in Massachusetts, and has performed at the 2010 Encontro Festival in Macau. One of her original songs, “Unido Para Amar,” was played for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, and she was chosen to sing for the 50th Grammy Awards special MusiCares benefit honoring Aretha Franklin. Fado, the most widely recognized music of Portugal, is a passionate, soul-stirring music with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption. Legendary fadista Amália Rodriguez popularized fado in the 20 th century, and today, platinum-selling Portuguese singers Ana Moura and Mariza are selling out concert halls in the U.S. The New York Times has recognized Ramana Vieira as an American at the forefront of the fado resurgence. According to Ramana, “nobody else is doing what we are doing with fado.” Part of her innovative approach to the music is in the instrumentation. Traditionally, fado was music for voice and the guitarra Portuguesa, a 12-string guitar. But as Larry Rohter of The New York Times has noted, "Conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music with cello and drums."
Ramana’s personal relationship to fado music lies deep in her family history, as her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Ramana was born in San Leandro, California, to Portuguese immigrants, and was exposed to the voices of Portugal’s past at a young age. “During my childhood, I sang with my mother to Amália Rodrigues and other fabulous fadistas that were part of her special record collection,” said Ramana. Her passion for music continued as she matured and eventually she attended the American Conservatory Theatre where she did her vocal training with Faith Winthrop, San Francisco's grande dame of song and one of the most respected singers and vocal coaches on the scene today. Although she had dreams of a Broadway career, her direction shifted abruptly when a famous music producer inspired her to embrace her Portuguese roots. Shortly after that she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with the local fado singers and musicians, bringing the house to its feet with her authentic, yet individual style.
Friday’s performance at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove are $10 in advance, $15 available at the door