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ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mariza at Sava Centar in Belgrade

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Mariza
Sava Centar
Belgrade
December 7, 2017

Making a dramatic entrance on the stage comes naturally to Portuguese fado diva Mariza. In the completely darkened hall of Sava Centar, she quietly stepped onto the stage to the sounds of the guitar and wowed the audience with the power ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016

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There is a poem by a Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov titled “When Horses Die" that I came across to by accident. It goes like “When horses die they breathe when grasses die, they wither, when suns die they go out, and when people die they sing songs." For many musicians, the year 2016 was final and ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Mariza at Town Hall

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Mariza
Town Halk
New York, NY
October 15, 2016

As part of her first major U.S. tour in nearly five years (she took a break to start a family), Mariza kicked off her set at Town Hall in a more traditional manner, backed by Portuguese and Spanish guitars and acoustic bass, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mariza: Music is My Fado

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Listening to Portuguese fado singer Mariza, it's really hard not to be taken away by her passionate singing, charismatic stage presence, and sly sass. Yet, beneath her almost fragile and gentle appearance is a tiger waiting to spring. Ever since she burst onto the world stage 15 years ago, she swept the world with a fiery ...

Mariza: Mundo

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Even if you don't understand a word of Portuguese, the enormity of Mariza's gift is immediately and intoxicatingly evident upon first hearing. Armed with an alluring voice and arresting charismatic presence, Mariza is one of the great exponents of the Portuguese fado music and much more than that. Arriving several years after her strictly traditional take ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Javier Limón, 'Mujeres de agua'

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Javier Limón, Mujeres de agua
Sala de Cámara, Auditorio Nacional. Madrid
12 de marzo, 2011
Quiso la Providencia que el 13 de diciembre de 2010, día inicialmente elegido para la presentación del disco de Javier Limón Mujeres de agua (Universal, 2010), fuera el último de la vida del maestro Enrique Morente. El concierto se suspendió ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mariza & Friends at Carnegie Hall

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Mariza & Friends
November 21, 2009
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

It was a special night for Portuguese singer Mariza when she took the stage at Carnegie Hall backed by her group (Angelo Freire, Portuguese guitarra; Diogo Clemente, acoustic guitar; Marino de Freitas, acoustic bass; Simon James, piano ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mariza: Voice of Portugal Has New CD, Tour

Mariza: Voice of Portugal Has New CD, Tour

A Genre Reborn and a Singer Transformed: A New Mariza Brings a Smile to the World

Charlie Chaplin's “Smile" was never supposed to end up on the latest album by Portugal's musical grande dame. Mariza, a fado powerhouse, and Brazilian pianist Ivan Lins were just clowning around, having some fun with the sweet song that's been ...

Mariza: Fado Curvo

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A friend of mine insists that you have to be Portuguese to understand fado. In one sense she's right--fado is intimately associated with poetry, and you pretty much have to be a native speaker to grasp that part. And the feeling of the music is also intimately associated with saudade. The fact that saudade has no ...