Program: Carminho

Friday, October 6, 2023
Berklee Performance Center 

Carminho: Lead Vocals
Andre Dias: Portuguese Guitar
Flavo Cardoso: Classical Guitar
Tiago Maia: Acoustic Bass Guitar
Pedro Geraldes: Lap Steel Guitar

Carminho’s new album is entitled Portuguesa. The great voice of fado and one of the Portuguese artists with the greatest international projection is taking the new album on a world tour. 

Daughter of the renowned fado singer Teresa Siqueira, Carminho was born among guitars and fado voices, having marked her debut singing in public at the age of 12, at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon. Early on she was tempted to record albums but decided to wait. 

She graduated in marketing and advertising but knew her destiny involved music. She realized that singing required more maturity and experience than she possessed. For a year she traveled the world, participating in humanitarian missions. Her experience included working for two months at Mother Teresa’s ashram in Calcutta, India, where Carminho helped in the care of lepers and other patients. She returned to Lisbon determined to give herself entirely to an artistic career.  

Fado, her first album, released in 2009, reached platinum status (an enviable achievement for a debut), was named Best Album of 2011 by the British magazine Songlines, and was performed at WOMEX 2011 in Copenhagen and at UNESCO's Paris headquarters as part of the application process to grant world heritage status to fado. In the same year, besides touring, she collaborated with Pablo Alborán on the album Perdóname and became the first Portuguese artist whose work reached number one in the Spanish charts. 

In 2012, she released her second album, Alma. After touring the main venues in Europe and around the world, she fulfilled her dream of recording with Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, and Nana Caymmi, and then reissued Alma with three new songs. Carminho then began to conquer Brazil with sold-out concerts. Canto was released in late 2014, and her relationship with Brazil took even deeper root, with the first partnership of Caetano Veloso and his youngest son, Tom, who offered her the unreleased "O Sol, Eu e Tu." Canto also includes the single "Chuva no Mar", which features Marisa Monte and is cowritten with Arnaldo Antunes. 

This very strong relationship with Brazil reached new heights in 2016, following an invitation from the family of António Carlos Jobim to record Carminho Canta Tom Jobim, with the band that accompanied him live in his last ten years, sharing themes with Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, and Marisa Monte. Awards and platinum success follow the release of the album. 

Maria is the title of Carminho’s fifth album, which includes several songs of her own. This exciting album assimilates everything that Carminho learned directly from her fado roots, respecting the truth of the words and the traditional language, but at the same time taking a free and contemporary look at the world that inspires her.  

Marcos Esteves: Sound Engineer
Hugo Coelho: Lighting Engineer 


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