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Fado Singer Gisela João
Part of the NY Fado Festival

Gisela will be joined by her ensemble Ricardo Parreira, 12-string Portuguese guitar; Nelson Aleixo, classical guitar, and Francisco Gaspar, acoustic bass.

“Since Amalia Rodrigues – and I am weighing my words carefully – no fado singer has had the emotional range displayed by Gisela João on her impressive debut album.” João Miguel Tavares in Time Out

“Amália Rodrigues was the great fadista of the 20th century… I know and I feel, with equal force, that Gisela João is the great fadista of the 21st century.” – Miguel Esteves Cardoso, Público

Gisela João’s passionate voice is infused with the deepest essence of fado, the universally adored Portuguese blues, traditionally associated with Lisbon’s pubs and cafés, and renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character. Considered one of today’s most important interpreters of fado, Gisela exploded on the scene in 2013 with the release of her first CD, which was universally and instantly reached the number one spot on the Portuguese charts. Soon after she was awarded the nation’s highest musical honor, the “Prémio Amália” awards, for Best New Artist. Her second album, “Nua (Nude), was released in November 2016.

Events Included With Ticket:

6PM: Pre-show discussion with cultural anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and fado scholar, Lila Ellen Gray PhD.

6:30PM: Please join us in the Schimmel Center lobby for the fado exhibition courtesy of Museu do Fado in Lisbon.  

Portuguese wine will be available for purchase at our House Left Bar. 

Concert begins at 7:30PM



Um Fado pra esta Noite



Curated by Live Sounds 

Part of the NY Fado Festival  

The first annual NY Fado Festival is a celebration of the iconic Portuguese musical tradition that has ancient roots, but is ever moving forward. 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. In 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List whose aim is to ensure the protection of important cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance. The festival will delight from the traditional to contemporary, always in surprising ways. 

The NY Fado Festival is produced by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds and is supported in part by the Consulate Generals of Portugal in New York and Newark, EDP Renewables North America, Fado Museum and TAP Portugal.

The Schimmel Center for the Arts is a founding partner.

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Box Office Information

Address: 3 Spruce Street, New York


Closed except for day of performance. For tickets via phone, call Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111

Schimmel Center Seating ChartClick here