vocals – Ricardo Ribeiro, Portuguese guitar – José Manuel Neto
fado guitar – Carlos Manuel Proença, bass guitar – Daniel Pinto
The resonant voice of the extraordinary fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro is as traditional as it comes: no pop sweetening, exotic embellishments or rock and roll influences. Considered one of today’s top male fado singers, his powerful, masterful voice is filled with emotion, and has earned him awards and international accolades.
Ricardo Ribeiro was born in Lisbon on August 19, 1981. His primary education was held in different schools in Lisbon and Torres Novas. He attended classical guitar and music lessons with José Carvalhinho, Manuel Soutulho and Lisete Teixeira. Ricardo found fado at an early age, listening to the big names of that time, they would later became his references: Fernando Mauricio, Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Manuel Fernandes, Adelino dos Santos (guitar) e José Inácio (Spanish guitar). Ricardo took part in several fado meetings held by different venues such as: Académica da Ajuda, Vendedores de Jornais FC, Os Ferreiras, Marquês da Sé, Nónó and Faia.
In 2001, he was invited to take part in several worldwide music festivals, such as: Alu – Casa da Atriz María Casares, Badasom, Vocal Jazz Festival Crest, Cordoba’s Guitar Festival, Santo Tirso Guitar Festival. In 2004, his first record Ricardo Ribeiro was released by the CNM – Coleção Antologia label, which brought together guitar players José Manuel Neto, Jorge Fernando and Marino de Freitas. Ricardo also took part in the Tribute to Amália Rodrigues record (2004) held by World Connection label, singing the song “Quando se gosta de Alguém.”
Ricardo Ribeiro was awarded with the Male Revelation Prize by Amália Rodrigues Foundation and Revelation Award by Casa da Imprensa in 2005. He was cast in the movie Fados by Carlos Saura and talso took a role in the feature Rio Turvo by Edgar Pêra.
In 2011, Ricardo Ribeiro was once again awarded with Best Male singer by the Amália Rodrigues Foundation and performed two sold-out shows at São Luiz Teatro Municipal in Lisbon, dedicated to Lisbon and fado. He was invited by the Macau’s Chinese Orchestra to perform at the Luso-Chinese music cycle at the Macau Cultural Center, directed by Maestro Pang Ka Pang.
He received the Henry the Navigator award from Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva alongside Ana Moura, Carminho and Kátia Guerreiro and the guitar player Mário Pacheco in 2015 and was nominated for Best Artist of the Songlines Music Awards in the same year. His latest album, “Hoje é assim, amanhã não sei” (Today is like this, tomorrow I don’t know), was released in April of 2016. He has taken his music to national and international venues, such as France, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco and Germany.
Curated by Isabel Soffer / Live Sounds
Part of the NY Fado Festival
Photo: Adriano Fagundes
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