Originating in the bars and cafes of Lisbon, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.
The evening will consist of solo guitar (Sasha) and the duo of Mariana and Carmen playing Fado, with perhaps a little Venezuelan music.
Mariana Moreira is rapidly gaining respect for her soulful singing of traditional Fado; Cape Verdean "Morna" and Brazilian "canções brasileiras". Drawing on the tradition of the great "fadistas": the late Amália Rodrigues (the 'Rainha do Fado' -"Queen of Fado") and modern fado star, Mariza, her singing strikes directly to your heart and evokes the clubs and kitchens of downtown Lisbon.
Carmen Farfan began her Classical Guitar studies at the age of six. A prize winner of many national competitions, Carmen has performed in concerts throughout her native country of Venezuela. In 2011 she won first prize in the National Guitar Competition 'Alírio Díaz' and in 2014 won the National Guitar Competition of Angostura. In 2015 Carmen graduated as an Art Middle Technician (Guitar Performance) from the “Voces de Carayaca” Arts School in Carayaca Venezuela. Her regular participation in master classes with visiting international guitarists such as Matthew McAllister, José Antonio Escobar, Otto Tolonen, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Luis Zea and Pavel Steidl, has helped enhance Carmen's learning and encouraged her to look outside of Venezuela to facilitate the next step in her education. She is currently enrolled in the second year of a Bachelor of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, thanks to the generous support of ABRSM. Carmen is the first Venezuelan guitarist who has been given a full scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and this gives her the opportunity to represent her country as a Venezuelan musician.
Classical guitarist Sasha Savaloni is the 1st prize winner of the prestigious Sevilla International Guitar Competition in 2018.
As a soloist he has given concerts in Iran, Italy, Spain and throughout the UK, performing recitals in venues such as the Kings Place (London), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle), City Halls (Glasgow), Stevenson Hall (Glasgow) and the Leeds College of Music as well as performances in festivals such as the London Guitar Festival, St Magnus International Festival, Big Guitar Weekend, Festival Corde d’Autunno, Les Garrigues Memorial Emili Pujol, Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival, Plug New Music Festival and the Ullapool Guitar Festival.
He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has also performed and given interviews for BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme.
Sasha has won numerous awards and prizes; including 1st Prize at the Sevilla International Guitar Competition (2018). In 2015 Sasha was also awarded the Second Prize, the Audience Award and Prize for the Best Performance of the Contemporary Work at the Miguel Llobet International Competition in Barcelona. Sasha is a Live Music Now Scotland Artist.
Sasha is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also pursuing a Doctoral degree at the RCS focusing on performance of Schubert’s music on guitar.
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