The Graduate Center Elebash Hall
A US Debut! The past few years have been very productive for Antonio Zambujo, an exceptional Portuguese artist who created a quiet revolution in the fado world when he won the coveted Amália Rodrigues Foundation's prize for the Best Male Fado Singer. Portuguese fado is likened to American blues and Greek rembetika for its ability to capture life's hardships with songs of bittersweet nostalgia and longing or saudade.
Over the past two centuries, fado has evolved from a folk tradition into an internationally recognized art form, undergoing several changes along the way. Zambujo's style, characterized by a sense of tradition and a keen desire for rejuvenation, brilliantly demonstrates how it can be both faithful to the past and eminently contemporary, and has greatly contributed to the growth of male voices in fado today. Deeply rooted in the luscious chants of Cante Alentejano – the region from which he hails - Zambujo sings with great soul.
He will be accompanied by will be accompanied by musical director Ricardo Cruz on double bass, Luis Guerreiro on Portuguese guitar and Jon Luz on cavaquinho, a small guitar-like instrument mostly used in Brazilian music.