Ramana Vieira, Redwood Tango Duo

Open dance floor!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

evening of Fado and energetic tango

$20 advance / $22 door

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October 29 8:00 pm

Ramana VieiraRamana Vieira sings Fado like it’s never been sung before. Mundo Portuguese Magazine has called her “the new voice of Portuguese world music.” The San Francisco Chronicle says that “no one in the United States is doing more to breathe new life into Fado.” According to the New York Times, “the conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music with cello and drums.” Fado means fate, and you can think of Fado as the Portuguese version of the blues, a heartfelt, haunting music full of despair and lost love. Ramana plays classics and originals, digging deep into traditional Fado and transforming it into something utterly current. She grew up in San Leandro in a family of Portuguese immigrants, singing along with her mother to the records of Amália Rodrigues, the Queen of Fado. Ramana studied piano and wanted to sing like Tori Amos. “Amália Rodrigues is in my DNA,” she said in a recent interview, “but so is Kate Bush, and I started out in a new-wave band.” She studied voice and acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and had Broadway aspirations – until a record producer recommended that she explore her Portuguese roots. Since then, she’s released three albums, including her latest, Lágrimas de Rainha (Tears of a Queen), which Billboard Magazine praised for its “willingness to take chances” and “soulful, torchy performances.” Her band features Alberto Rameriz on bass, Tomas Salcedo on guitar, and George Reis on guitarra. If you like beautiful melodies, exotic rhythms, and passionate playing, don’t miss this inspiring evening with Ramana and her band.

Redwood Tango DuoSan Francisco’s Redwood Tango Duo is an energetic pair specializing in traditional and modern tango music, as well as a growing repertoire of original compositions written in the style of classic orchestras. With Charles Gorczynski on bandoneón and Daniel Fabricant on double bass, the ensemble makes music you can savor as a listener or enjoy as a dancer, including transcriptions and arrangements of the classic "golden era" orchestras of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, primarily working in the styles of Troilo, Di Sarli, D'Arienzo, and Pugliese, the Nuevo Tango of such artists as Astor Piazzolla and Sexteto Mayor, and their lively and stylish originals. They released Joaquin in 2012, Cayetano in 2013, and have a new album due soon. The San Francisco Bay Guardian calls them “passionate and talented musicians,” and they’re sure to make the Freight dance floor a great place to be!

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