"Fado Queen" Mariza with Special Guest Bebel Gilberto
Mariza ("Meu Fado Meu"), the new face of Portuguese fado, has risen from a local phenomenon to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the world music circuit; she returns to North America for a 12-date fall tour and makes her only New Jersey appearance on October 16 at NJPAC.
Mariza (top left) first captured international attention with the release of her 2001 debut album, Fado em Mim. Since then she has sold more than a million copies of her recordings and earned more than 30 international Platinum awards; toured extensively and performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals; won countless awards including three BBC Radio Best European World Music Artist gongs; and, collaborated with luminaries from world, pop, contemporary and classical music including Sting, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, Madredeus keyboardist Carlos Maria Trindade, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Miguel Poveda. "Mariza is one of the wonders of the world: the epitome of grace and elegance; her magnificent voice spears hearts and quickens central nervous systems," says Sydney Morning Herald.
Bebel Gilberto (top, right) is a multi-Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer, the daughter of Brazilian music icons João Gilberto, considered to be the father of bossa nova, and singer Miúcha. Gilberto has been performing since her youth in Rio de Janeiro; several years after moving to New York City in 1991, her present sound of electronica-meets-Brazilian began to crystallize. "Gilberto's sound advances the bossa nova style of her parents' generation into a contemporary milieu," writes The Boston Globe.