Carminho’s “Portuguesa” arrives in the USA

Fado singer Carminho’s latest album, “Portuguesa”, will be released in the United States in August, and the singer will begin a tour of North America in October, his promoter announced on Monday.

The album “Portuguesa”, which includes among other songs “O Quarto” (Carminho/Fado Pagem, by Alfredo Marceneiro), will be released on August 18 in the United States on the Nonesuch label, and the fado singer debuts on August 6 October, in Boston, United States, tour of nine North American and Canadian stages.

The album was released in Portugal last March, after being recorded over the last two years, but especially in spring 2022, and features several guest authors, such as Rita Vian, who composed “Simplesmente ser”, Luísa Sobral, in “You sit next to me”, Joana Espadinha, in “Ficar”, and the Brazilian musician Marcelo Camelo, who wrote “I take my boat to the sea”.

The line-up of this sixth Carminho album also includes “Meu amor mariner”, by António Campos and Joaquim Pimentel, a creation by the fado singer Saudade dos Santos (1938-2015), and “Alcântara Vem Cantar” (José da Silva Nunes and Jorge d’Ávila), walking from Alcântara, in 1969, recorded by Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999).

After Boston, where Carminho performed at the Berklee Performance Center, the artist performed on October 8 at the South Orange Performing Arts in New Jersey and, the next day, took the stage at the City Winery in Chicago.

On the 12th, the interpreter of “Saia Rodada” (Diogo Clemente/Valter Rolo) sang at the Bing Concert Hall, in Stanford, and, the next day, at the San Francisco Jazz Center, in San Francisco, and closed the performances on the stages of United States in Los Angeles, with a show at Luckman Fine Arts on the 14th.

Carminho crosses the border and performs on the 15th at the Centennial Theater, in Vancouver, Canada, where he also has shows scheduled at the Outrmont Theater, in Montreal, on October 18, and at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts, in Toronto, on 21.

During this tour, Carminho is accompanied by musicians André Dias, on Portuguese guitar, Flávio César Cardoso, on viola, Pedro Geraldes, on guitar, Tiago Maia, on bass, and João Pimenta Gomes, on mellotrón (keyboard). electromechanical, which uses pre-recorded recordings). sounds on magnetic tapes adjusted to each note).

The CD “Portuguesa” was released five years after “Maria”, on which the fado singer also wrote some songs. Carminho was born among the guitars and voices of fado.

Daughter of the fado singer Teresa Siqueira, she made her public singing debut at the age of twelve, at the Coliseu dos Recreios, in Lisbon, after singing at the fado house run by her parents, “O Embuçado”. , in Lisbon.

He released his first album in 2009, “Fado”, followed by “Alma” (2012), “Canto” (2014), “Carminho canta Tom Jobim” (2016) and “Maria” (2018).

Throughout her career, the fado singer has recorded and sung with artists from other musical fields, including the Brazilians Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento and Marisa Monte, the Spanish Pablo Alborán and the Portuguese HMB and Bárbara Bandeira.

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