Ramana Vieira of Vacaville, a compelling practitioner of fado, a type of melancholy Portuguese folk music, releases her fifth album Tudo de Mim (All of Me) on Saturday. will be playing at Journey Downtown tonight. (Document photo/Ramana Vieira)
The winter and spring of Autumn and New Year 2022 were spent in the studio shooting and recording Ramana Vieira’s new 5th fado album “Tudo De Mim” (All of Me). That time and creative process she likened to her ‘birth’. “Children” and “Pregnancy” – The exact due date cannot be predicted.
A convincing practitioner of fado, a form of melancholy Portuguese folk music, Vieira has made a name for himself on this ten-track record (the first track was recorded last fall and finally released on May 1st). ) says the theme is the memories of a recent trip to the island of Madeira in Portugal. Eastern Atlantic Ocean, off Morocco, Hawaii.
In an hour-long interview from her home in Vacaville on Tuesday, she said the new music also relates to the beauty of the jacaranda, a Brazilian native tree with clusters of fragrant purple flowers she’s seen on the Pacific islands. admitted that there is
Vieira, who has booked a CD release show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville on Saturday, said in a previous interview with The Reporter that the beauty of the wood “haunted her.”
In the new recording, she explores the forms of her memory and songs that reflect more current events in her life, both in Portuguese and English. Many of them are original songs, but they also include a few covers, possibly including at least one song by Amalia Rodriguez. The most famous fado artist in the world.
She went on to say that the album “represents my love of fado music and pop music in the same way that two other Fado artists from Portugal, Ana Moura and Mariza, have transformed into their respective works and identities.” It represents my global approach to music,” he added. ’ She has met both.
“We have progressed from the basics of Fado and have moved on,” said Vieira. Vieira is a mezzo-soprano singer with a heavy and powerful voice. “I’m not the only one. We modeled the form and made it reflect.”
Vieira, who has performed in Macau, New York City and Hawaii in recent years, has “immersed herself in” her Catholic upbringing with “Mother Mary,” a song she previously said looked to “the holy woman.” .
“This is just a tribute to all the mothers in the world,” she said of the song, adding, “We need to honor all the mothers in the world.” mentioned that it is
Other songs include “Fado La La La”, “Jacaranda”, “Please Love Me Forever”, “Verdes Anos” (Green Years) and Rodriguez’s “Trago Fado nos Sentidos” (I Bring Fado into the Senses). there is.
Last year, during a trip to Portugal, Vieira visited the Fado icon’s home, where her wardrobe, awards, living room, collection of Japanese antiques, and her still-living cage in the kitchen. saw a parrot. She also looked at Rodriguez’s memoirs, her books, and her performance costumes.
She sang Rodriguez’s songs last year, including at the Sebastopol Arts Center in Sebastopol, so the visit to Idol’s home was part of a personal journey and a tribute to the famous singer. .
“I felt like I was going to Elvis’ Graceland,” she said in a previous interview. “It was such a profound experience to be home,” she said, comparing it to “a three-story Victorian house in San Francisco.”
Vieira returns to Madeira for the Fado Festival in August, performing with a traditional fado trio and singing Rodriguez tunes.
The name fado loosely means fate or destiny, but it offers a glimpse into the musical roots of the Portuguese. It can be compared to American blues, Argentinean tango, and Spanish flamenco.
For all intents and purposes, the fado fascination, pronounced “fado,” has mysterious origins dating back to early 19th-century Portugal and has a growing fan base in the U.S. “I sang fado while on tour) ago) is in the melody, the humming part of each song.
The music is captivating, passionate and pathetic, but also poetic and dramatic. Above all, there is the love song of tragedy and longing, or “saudade” in Portuguese, Vieira, a San Leandro native and alumnus of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater Program, previously said.
References to Portuguese fado surfaced as early as the 1820s, the music sung by women lamenting men lost at sea, or singing of harsh rural and urban life, but its roots lie in the Moors. may also have an impact on
The genre has traditions, but Vieira said in a previous interview that he considers his style of fado to be “modern fado.” It’s where the old world meets the new, much like the approach of Moura and Mariza, who are indebted to Rodriguez. Fado died in Lisbon in 1999 at the age of 79. Some men sing fado, but today it is best known by female artists.
Vieira, who also plays piano in live performances, has performed “Sem Ti” (Without You), “Despi A Alma” (roughly translated as Naked Soul), “Lagrimas De Rainha” (Lagrimas De Rainha), and She has released 4 albums of “Lagrimas De Rainha” (Queen’s Tears). “Fado da Vida” (Destiny of Life). These are proof that Vieira not only pays homage to Rodríguez, but also that he can compose original fado music. Of note, her original song “Unido Para Amar” was performed at her 2006 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
You can hear pop, rock and jazz permeate her sound, some of which you can watch on YouTube. Also among her influences are Irish rock superstar her U2 and British singer her songwriter Kate her Bush. After all, Vieira’s sound clearly she’s like a blend of U2, Bush and Rodriguez.
Vieira has performed in musicals at California State University-Hayward and Orlon Community College in Fremont. She is also a trained dancer.
After performing in the Bay Area a few years ago, she was approached by a record producer who had worked with reggae star Bob Marley. Eventually she got an offer from a San Francisco record label.
Like blues, fado is a feeling, an emotion, not just a collection of notes. Its power comes from a human spirit, Vieira, who recently performed Christian music at San Quentin Prison as part of her prison service.
For Saturday’s show, her backing band will be mandolinist Patrick Fahey. David Parker, bass. And Joe Sam on drums.
“The band has been refurbished,” said Vieira.
if you go
what: Ramana Vieira and Ensemble
State of the CD release party
when: Saturday 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
where: Journey Downtown, 308 Main St., Vacaville
tickets: $25 to $45