St Christopher

The soul of Portuguese Fado - Claudia Aurora
Event 7
Wednesday October 8th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Music of the urban soul

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

Claudia Aurora voice  Javier Moreno acoustic guitar Pavlos Carvalho bouzouki  Jon Short double-bass  Kate Shortt cello

Join us for an evening of soulful Fado music from one of its most exciting young singers – over a drink at café tables in a relaxed cabaret atmosphere.

Fado lies at the heart of the Portuguese soul, deeply expressive yet highly lyrical. It could be the world’s oldest urban folk music, arriving perhaps as a dance from Africa; or maybe from the sad songs of homesick sailors.

Whatever its origins, its themes are constant – destiny (‘fado’ means ‘fate’), betrayal in love, loss, longing for unrealized dreams, or an undefined yearning that can’t be satisfied.

Fado can never be explained. As with flamenco or blues you must experience it direct – from a singer with the soul to project its feeling.

“Claudia Aurora enraptures with the spine-tingling emotion of her powerful, mournful Fado torch songs. Her extraordinary voice, drenched with a sadness that courses through the audience, gives the soaring sound of Portugal dramatic expression” (St George’s, Bristol)

"Drenched in emotion and drama" (Lucy Duran, BBC Radio 3)

Claudia Aurora, fadista and songwriter, was born near Oporto. Music is in her blood, she felt destined to sing. Her grandmother used to sing Fado when the sun went down, songs Claudia found herself singing too.

Her debut album Silencio appeared in 2011 and in 2012 she appeared at the WOMAD festival. Recently she spent a week performing in BBC3’s “Live at the South Bank Centre” events.

Here's a YouTube video of her singing Cigana (Gypsy).