António Zambujo arrives in Los Angeles this month to kick off his North American tour, which includes shows in Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Francisco and a finale at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Zambujo is quite a singular artist in Lisbon’s fado environment. Besides his musical education – he studied clarinet from the age of 8 and classic guitar later on – he was deeply influenced by the music of his homeland region, cante alentejano, a male choir chant from the south of Portugal.
He first became known in Portugal in 1999 for playing fado legend Amália Rodrigues’s husband in the popular musical Amália. In 2001, he started to work with Ricardo Cruz, bass player and musical producer of all his albums. O Mesmo Fado (2002) allowed for the recognition of his peers, and earned him the prestigious ‘Radio Nova FM’ award for the Best New Fado voice.
For 2004’s Por meu cante he won the ‘Amália Rodrigues Foundation’ award for the Best Fado Male Singer.
Both Outro Sentido (2007) and Guia (2010) on World Village were Top of The World albums in Songlines Magazine, and the latter was a World Music Charts Europe topper. Zambujo’s 2009 Rio de Janeiro concert was rated among Youssou N’Dour, Elton John and Radiohead as one of the year’s 10 best foreign concerts in the main Brazilian Newspaper, Globo.
With a rustling clarinet and cavaquinho here and there, Zambujo’s velvety voice sparkles across the sensual music on Quinto dominated by the guitar and led by the contrabass of Ricardo Cruz. The album reflects cozy light and cool jazz mixed with soft Bossa. More than ever considered the guarantor of a tradition and an innovative pioneer, Zambujo is as much an heir to Amália Rodrigues as he is to Chet Baker and João Gilberto.
For more information or to acquire tickets, contact Simone Snaith tel. (818) 333-1500 ext. 201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.