GISELA JOÃO vocal
RICARDO PARREIRA guitar
NELSON ALEIXO guitar
FRANCISCO GASPAR bass guitar
Fado, Portuguese for “destiny” or “fate,” is a musical tradition that was recognized by Unesco as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” Fado emerged from the taverns of Lisbon, mingling the many influences of a port city, to become a matter of national pride. Gisela João’s passionate voice is infused with the deepest essence of fado, the universally adored Portuguese blues, traditionally associated with Lisbon’s pubs and cafés, and renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character. Considered one of today’s most important interpreters of fado, Gisela exploded on the scene in 2013 with the release of her first album, which universally and instantly reached the number one spot on the Portuguese charts. Her last album, “Nua”, was released in November 2016. “Nua” is her second album on which she summoned the whole spectrum of fate's stormy passions. From silent melancholy to eruptive, rough and exciting peaks, and painful resignation, creating her own drama, an exciting and frightening journey through seismic emotions. The critic recalled a phrase from Gisela Joao - "Many people think that fado is sad. Fado is not sad, it is intense, it is like life ".
26 May • Macedonian National Theatre, 22:00