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Fado singer, amid a brand new album, books one other downtown Vaca present – Instances-Herald

For her still-in-the-works album, Ramana Vieira, a Vacaville resident and a convincing practitioner of fado, a sort of melancholy Portuguese folks music, stated the theme of the recording facilities on her latest travels to Hawaii, Portugal and Madeira.

Extra particularly, she added throughout a phone interview, the 12-tune album — to be launched in early 2023 — considerations the great thing about the jacaranda, a tree native to Brazil that produces clusters of aromatic purple blooms that she noticed on the Pacific Ocean chain of islands.

“The great thing about it has simply haunted me,” stated Vieira, who additionally has booked a present, dubbed “A Journey to the World of Portuguese Fado and Past,” at 7 pm Nov. 5 at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. His backing ensemble is Jeff Furtado, guitar; David Parker, bass; and Earl Jackson, drums.

However like all musical artist working in any style, Vieira explores the contours, previous and current, recollections and extra up to date issues, of her life within the new recording, with songs in each Portuguese and English, covers of fado classics and unique compositions.

She “dipped into my Catholic upbringing on “Mom Mary,” and track, stated Vieira, that casts an eye fixed on “the divine feminine.”

“It is only a tribute to all of the moms of the world,” she stated of the track, including, “We have to salute the moms of the world” and noting her mom is known as Mary.

Noting of the album’s songs can be carried out through the Nov. 5 present, Vieira stated the brand new recording additionally will characteristic a tribute to a up to date fado artist, Misia, masking “Paixones Diagonais” (Diagonal Passions and pronounced “Pie-shones Deog- go-night-ish”).

On a latest journey to Portugal, Vieira visited the house — become a museum — that when belonged to Amalia Rodrigues, maybe probably the most well-known fado artist on this planet.

“I acquired to see her wardrobe, her awards, her lounge — she clearly entertained folks — a wonderful guitar (guitar),” she recalled. “She collected Japanese antiques. And her parrot continues to be alive. It is within the kitchen, in a cage within the kitchen.”

She additionally noticed Rodrigues’ memoirs, her books, her efficiency costumes.

“Every part was so extravagant,” stated Vieira, including, “She was not very tall.”

Fado singer Ramana Vieira of Vacaville says her pending fifth album is impressed by her latest travels to Hawaii and Madeira, a Portuguese island within the jap Atlantic and off the coast of Morocco. (Contributed photograph — Ramana Vieira)

In her dwell exhibits, akin to one earlier this yr within the Sebastopol Heart for the Arts in Sebastopol, she sang a Rodrigues tune, so the go to to her idol’s house was a part of a private journey and tribute to an idol.

“It was like going to Elvis’ Graceland,” she stated. “It was such a profound expertise being within the house,” describing it as “a three-story San Francisco Victorian.”

Throughout the latest journey to Portugal, Vieira escorted her 87-year-old father, Abel, to his native Madeira, and Portuguese island within the jap Atlantic and off the coast of Morocco.

“It was a wonderful assembly,” she stated. “We had been capable of go to the village he was born in (Boa Ventura) and the home he was raised in.”

One evening on the island, she ate dinner at a restaurant the place, apart from meals, fado is on the menu.”

“The cook dinner would come out and sing,” stated Vieira, who, lately, has carried out in Macau, New York Metropolis, and Hawaii. “The wait employees, a server, would escape in track. I used to be invited as much as sing,” and she or he sang a track by Rodrigues.

“I used to be terrified,” she recalled. “I used to be exhilarated, with a touch of ‘Oh, crap!’ I acquired a praise from the restaurant proprietor. I used to be requested to play with the genuine folks. You hope you authentically match the depth and caliber of the musicians they’ve been born into.”

Vieira, whose voice is freighted with heft and energy, believed that she “pulled it off. I keep in mind feeling relieved after I used to be finished. It was my imaginative and prescient of fado. There was huge, roaring applause.”

Throughout a earlier interview with The Reporter, Vieira referred to as fado, its identify roughly translating as destiny or future, “a window into the soul” of Portuguese folks, their roots music, likening it to American blues, or what tango is to Argentina, flamenco to Spain.

The enchantment of fado — pronounced “FAH-doh” — with mysterious origins traced to early Nineteenth-century Portugal and having fun with a rising fan base in america (even Madonna sang fado throughout her “Madame X” tour greater than two years in the past) , is in its melodies, the common-or-garden a part of every track, she stated.

The music is alluring, passionate, and plaintive, but in addition poetic and dramatic. They’re, greater than anything, love songs of tragedy and longing, or “saudade” in Portuguese, stated Vieira, a local of San Leandro and an alumnus of the American Conservatory Theater program in San Francisco.

References to fado in Portugal surfaced as early because the 1820s, the music sung by girls lamenting their misplaced males at sea, or of a hardscrabble rural or metropolis life, however its roots could have Moorish influences, too.

Whereas the style has its traditions, Vieira, within the earlier interview, stated she thought-about her fado stylings “up to date fado,” the place the previous world meets the brand new, very very similar to the strategy taken by different well-known lively fado vocalists. They embrace Ana Moura and Mariza, all of them indebted to Rodrigues, typically referred to as “The Queen of Fado,” who died in Lisbon in 1999 at age 79. Whereas some males additionally sing fado, it’s best identified right this moment due to its feminine artists .

Vieira, who additionally performs piano throughout her dwell performances, has launched 4 albums: “Sem Ti” (With out You), “Despi A Alma” (roughly translated as Naked Soul), “Lagrimas De Rainha (Tears of the Queen), and “Fado Da Vida” (Future of Life). They’re proof that Vieira not solely pays homage to Rodrigues but in addition indicators that she will compose unique fado music. Notably, her unique composition, “Unido Para Amar,” was performed on the 2006 Olympics opening ceremony.

Pop, rock and jazz will be heard searching for into her sound, a few of it accessible on YouTube, and she or he counts amongst her influences U2, the Irish rock superstars, and Kate Bush, an English singer-songwriter. In the end, Vieira’s sound from her admittedly is one thing of a mix of U2, Bush and Rodrigues.

That fado is “theatrical and extremely expressive” was an emotional and technical hyperlink to her early days “as a theatrical individual,” she stated within the earlier interview.

Vieira has carried out in musicals at California State College Hayward and at Ohlone Neighborhood School in Fremont. She can be a educated dancer.

Following a Bay Space efficiency some years in the past, she was approached by a document producer who labored with reggae star Bob Marley. She ultimately obtained a suggestion from a San Francisco document label.

Like blues, fado is a sense, a sentiment, and greater than a set of notes. Its energy stems from the human spirit, stated Vieira.

IF YOU GORamana Vieira and EnsembleA Journey to the World of Portuguese Fado and BeyondWhen: 7 pm Nov. 5 (doorways open at 6)The place: Journey Downtown, 308 Fundamental St., VacavilleTickets: $23 seniors, army, college students; $28

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