With Love From Portugal: Helder Moutinho & Maria Emilia

June 3, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
684 Purchase Street New Bedford
MA 02740
Zeiterion PAC
With Love From Portugal: Helder Moutinho & Maria Emilia @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Hélder Moutinho is first and foremost a fadista of startling depth and invention with a long family lineage devoted to fado (brothers Camané and Pedro Moutinho are remarkable in their own right ). Hélder is a poet whose albums are multi-faceted creations, each built around a unifying concept: they evoke contemporary experiences of love and loss, framed by the ancient alleyways and shadows of Old Lisbon.
Joining Hélder on stage in a duel of fado and its poetry is Maria Emília, a beautiful, burning light of contemporary fado. She moved from Brazil to Portugal at a young age and began singing fado early; she has been performing for 18 years. Throughout this time, she has demonstrated a steadfast devotion not only to the music’s deepest traditions but also to its expressive possibilities. Perhaps no other singer of her generation combines raw magnetism, complete freedom, and total commitment to traditional fado to such devastating effect.
A remarkable performance that enthralled a fado festival in Sevilla has led to this U.S. debut of two stunning fadistas reuniting on stage at The Z.

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