Portuguese fado singer comes to Istanbul
ISTANBULThe world’s most renowned Portuguese fado singer Misia will perform at Istanbul’s Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on March 25.
Misia’s first album, “Mísia,” was released in 1990. The album was very well received by both audience and critics outside Portugal, especially in France. The album was followed by “Fado” in 1993, in which she maintained her decision to use lyrics by popular writers and poets.
In 1995, she recorded “Tanto Menos Tanto Mais,” which combines the texture of classical fado instruments, the Portuguese guitar, the acoustic guitar and the bass, with that of the violin, the accordion, the piano and even the harp.
The first album to be released in the U.S. was “Garras dos Sentidos” in 1998. The concept of this album was to use lyrics by famous Portuguese poets with melodies belonging to traditional music.
Her 2003 album, “Canto,” may be considered as her masterpiece. Mixing pieces of the best works of the Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes with poems by Vasco Graça Moura, Mísia created a musical work she would describe as belonging to her “gallery of impossible things.”
In “Drama Box,” her 2005 album, Mísia depicts herself as a cabaret dancer living in the “Drama Box Hotel” with her musicians. In “Ruas,” which was released in 2009, Mísia goes beyond the boundaries of the fado.
The singer will perform in Istanbul as part of the world tour of her recent album, “Para Amalia.”