Performance Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 8 PM

Ana Moura

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Portuguese fado, Spanish flamenco, and other Latin song traditions are showcased by vocalists Ana Moura and Buika. Moura’s dark tone and sultry vocalism express the sensuality and gentle melancholy of fado, while Buika’s powerful vocals capture the passion of flamenco and more.


  • Ana Moura, Vocalist
  • Buika, Vocalist

Event Duration

The concert will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Ana Moura

    There is no other voice quite like Ana Moura's in the fado world--a voice that strolls coolly over tradition, while flirting in pop music with astounding grace. This combination has broadened fado's range in a very distinct way. But what clearly distinguishes Moura from every other singer is not only her low and sensuous tone, but also her ability to turn any melody she chooses into fado. It's an instant spark--an emotional explosion firmly triggered in the direction of any listener's heart.

    Fausto, José Afonso, Ruy Mingas, Angolan music, and fado: All these musicians and genres were part of Moura's childhood in Coruche, Portugal. Her family sang, ending every gathering with a musical feast. While Moura lent her voice to multiple musical genres, she especially nurtured a love for fado. At age 14, she enrolled in the Academia dos Amadores de Música and soon embarked on her first public performances. While she took pleasure singing any style of music, she fit fado into her repertoire whenever possible.

    While singing fado in Lisbon bars, Maria da Fé, proprietor of the prestigious Senhor Vinho, spotted Moura's raw talent. It was there in the fado houses--where there's a familiar sharing of knowledge and of the history that preserves fado's original spirit--that Moura's fiery passion for fado helped to launch her career.

    Moura's debut album, Guarda-me a vida na mão (2003), showcased her rare expansive notion of fado, featuring instruments like the cajon and flamenco guitar. Over the next several years, critical interest led Moura to become a regular on Portuguese and international stages, including a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall in February 2005 and historic collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil.

    In 2012, Moura recorded Desfado in Los Angeles with renowned producer Larry Klein, a project that infused fado with a global perspective and featured Herbie Hancock on the track "Dream of Fire." Desfado spent 145 weeks on the charts, selling the most copies of any Portuguese record of the last decade, and topped world music charts in the United Kingdom, United States, and Spain.

    Moura's fado is contemporary and global, in sync with both Portuguese tradition and the world in which we live. With her sixth album, produced once again by Larry Klein and simply titled Moura, the fadista sings a stunning duet with Cuban singer Omara Portuondo from the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, showing that her fado is not about to stop growing. 

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  • Buika

    Born María Concepción Balboa Buika, the Spanish-born singer of African descent best known simply as Buika has been blessed with a vibrantly rich voice. Raw and smoky, with a tenderness that hits right at the heart, her sensual and husky instrument has garnered comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesária Évora.

    Buika makes music without limitations, a fact reflected in the variety of her collaborators who include Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea, Niño Josele, Mariza, Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Javier Limón, Charles Aznavour, Luz Casal, Seal, Armando Manzanero, and Nelly Furtado.

    Over the course of her 15-year recording career, Buika has continued to confound expectations. Listening to her discography, a pattern emerges of growing confidence and boldness. She experienced a meteoric rise after her introduction to the American marketplace in 2007 with the album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl Lola), winning awards as well as lavish praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Miami Herald, and NPR.

    Her latest album, Vivir Sin Miedo (To Live Without Fear), follows her acclaimed 2013 release La Noche Más Larga (The Longest Night), which won a Latin Grammy and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. On Vivir Sin Miedo, she makes a striking departure from the Spanish flamenco, Latin jazz, and world music for which she is known, into something best described as global pop. And for the first time, she sings more in English than in Spanish (and often mixes the two).

    In her work to date, Buika has already fulfilled the prediction that filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar--one of her many admirers--made a few years ago when he said, "Seeing her draw from such different genres as coplas, tango, bulerias, bolero, Cuban music, and jazz, mix them all together with such grace and spontaneity, one cannot help but think that there is a brighter future as long as one can witness the boundless evolution of this infinite performer." Almodóvar helped introduce Buika to a wider audience when he cast her in his 2011 psychological thriller The Skin I Live In. Upon the film's release, Warner Music issued the double-LP of her recordings En Mi Piel (In My Skin) to meet a growing demand for Buika's music in the US.

    Like a true artist, Buika makes each song her own. "I just do what my heart is demanding. Sometimes in the music business people do what they think other people will like, but that's a limitation. I just want to be true. I want what Charlie Parker's got--I want eternity."

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Fernando González on Ana Moura and Buika

Fado is music of hard-earned wisdom and longing. It's a grown person's art. And yet, after the passing in 1999 of Amália Rodrigues-the most important singer in fado's history-a generation of young fadistas came into view, re-energizing the genre. Ana Moura once told an interviewer that by age seven, she knew she would be a fadista. She is now one of fado's leading figures. Her debut came in 2003 with the release of Guarda-me a vida na mão (Keep My Life in Your Hand). On the centerpiece of the album, "Sou do Fado, Sou Fadista," she declared: "I belong to fado, I am a fadista." 
Program Notes
This performance is part of Around the Globe.