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Paulo Filipe: A Night Of Fado Soul, March 19, 2009, Dundas Street West

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Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
Tickets: $15 advance @ www.smallworldmusic.com / $20 door.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating, call 416 588 0307 or visit http://www.lulalounge.ca 
Websites: http://www.myspace.com/paulofilipe 

Small World Music presents Toronto’s own superb Fado performer, PAULO FILIPE. The rising Fado star delves into the very heart of the traditional Portugese art form known for its soul and melancholic beauty. For more information, please visit www.smallworldmusic.com.

With his rich voice and nuanced, soulful delivery, Paulo Filipe is one of Canada’s up-and-coming young Fado stars. Though born in Toronto, he immersed himself into the Portuguese culture and traditions and discovered more about the melancholic tunes of Fado and Folklore when he relocated to Portugal with his parents at the tender age of eight. Though his passion for Fado began at an early age, he would later discover that he could only understand himself and live a fulfilled life as an artist through the very art of Fado.

Filipe returned to Toronto at the age of 12 and came to understand that his heart and life belonged there. Living with his paternal grandparents, he spent much time listening to old Fado records by Carlos Ramos, Amália Rodrigues, Fernando Farinha, and Maria Teresa de Noronha.  Even more powerful for Paulo was listening to his very own grandfather Alfredo sing and interpret the beauty of Fado.

In 2008 Paulo released his first CD, entitled Lençóis de Fado. The album consists of eight traditional fados and two original compositions. Represented, are some of the greatest Portuguese poets and musicians such as: António Aleixo, Augusto Gil, Manuela de Freitas, Alberto Janes and Fontes Rocha. In addition, there are some unreleased poems by José Quaresma, Alfredo Gago da Câmara and Euclides Cavaco. The album also contains a special Spanish version of “Lençóis de Fado” translated by António Arribas.

Fado is the urban song of Lisbon and truly is the “soul” of Portugal. It comes from the Latin word “fatum”, which means “fate” or “destiny.” Though a difficult art to define, Paulo himself states that “Fado is the expression of the Portuguese people and is a feeling that resides in the darkest part of our souls and only reveals itself through song. It is a bridge that connects our souls with no language barrier.”

Paulo’s first national exposure in 2007 was on the Portuguese program Atlântida. This is a program on RTP which broadcasts live from Portas da Cidade in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel. Immediately, his performance, romantic tone of voice and attractive profile sparked media attention and interest in the communities of the diaspora. He was invited to perform with major recording Fado artists such as Ana Moura, Jorge Fernando, Marco Rodrigues, Isabel Noronha and Eliana Castro. Later that year, he recorded his first music video to further help broaden his horizons and promote his love and passion for Fado.

In a short time, Paulo has performed in various venues, television programs and radio stations across Canada and Portugal. His growing success and continued dedication to achieve even more proves for Paulo that it is only through Fado that he breathes and lives.


WHAT: A Small World Music Presentation

WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 pm

TICKETS: $15 advance @ www.smallworldmusic.com / $20 door.

Dinner reservations guarantee seating, call 416 588 0307 or visit http://www.lulalounge.ca 

WEBSITES: http://www.myspace.com/paulofilipe 

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