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Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
1375 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California 95116
For the first time performing in California, MARTA PEREIRA DA COSTA is the first and currently only professional Fado guitarist in the world. The Portuguese guitar is very closely associated with Fado, and Marta, not forgetting the roots and tradition, risked new sounds and sought to give voice to her instrument through the world of Jazz, World Music, and Portuguese Music. Marta was honored in 2014 by the Amália Rodrigues Foundation with the «Musician of the Year Award».
She started playing the piano at the age of 4, later at 8 learned the classical guitar and at 18 began to study the Portuguese Guitar through the hand of Carlos Gonçalves, one of the most important Amália Rodrigues guitar players. While studying to become a civil engineer, she continued to play the Portuguese guitar learning from master guitarist Mário Pacheco and Fontes Rocha. In 2012, she gave up her civil engineer career to fully dedicate herself to the Portuguese guitar. Her debut solo album «Marta Pereira da Costa» was released by Warner Music in 2016.
Marta Pereira da Costa will be accompanied by António Pinto on classical guitar, Miguel Amado on contrabass, Alexandre Diniz on piano, and André Sousa Machado on percussion.
In her concert, Marta Pereira da Costa brings to the stage secrets never unraveled that become ours when presented live. On stage Marta delivers what cannot be recorded: the heart of the woman who made the guitar an extension of her feminine soul. We witness a dynamic and intense show, where beauty, daintiness, surrender and expressiveness take place in a very special way in each song. Here, the guitar and the woman are one and the same. Marta Pereira da Costa is from the nation of those who don't settle for less and for those who applaud her, the guarantee is that she will always remain focused on the Infinite. She has been praised all over the Fado universe, but also outside it, by those who recognize her tremendous value, endeavor and courage to devote herself to such a demanding instrument, difficult and hard, and to an art that fascinates her.
After perfoming in San Jose, the quintet will also perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX.
This concert is part of the centennial celebration of Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San Jose.