This spring, Arts Brookfield is excited to host part of the Fado Festival NY & NJ. Fado is an iconic Portuguese musical tradition, and the Festival combines its ancient roots with contemporary interpretations. Known for its mournful and soulful songs loosely captured by the Portuguese word saudade, or “longing” that evoke a bygone era, Fado is a thriving symbol of Portugal and reminds us of its past and present.
Nighttime performances will feature artists direct from Portugal, including today’s leading fado interpreter Camané and newcomer Maria Emília on Friday, May 3, and the highly praised Helder Moutinho and Ana Sofía Varela on Saturday, May 4. Scholar Lila Ellen Gray will present a talk on Fado Past, Present, and Future before Saturday night’s performance. New York’s own Sofia Ribeiro will perform the weekday lunchtime performances (May 1 & 2).
The Fado Festival NY & NJ will take place May 1 – 11 in various locations across the city. For a complete schedule, visit www.fadofestival.net.