Only a few short years ago, MARIZA played her début London concert in the 300-seater Purcell Room on the South Bank. In a break between rehearsals, her UK PR John Crosby took her across the South Bank complex to check out the stage in the 2900-seater Royal Festival Hall. “One day I hope to play here” she said with quiet optimism, adding “but you know, I’ve always had a dream to play the Royal Albert Hall”. Since that day, Mariza has repeatedly filled the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican and done the same for large concert halls around the UK.
Her meteoric rise in popularity has been due partly to a trio of wonderful studio albums — ‘Fado Em Mim’ (World Connection), ‘Fado Curvo’ (EMI Virgin) and ‘Transparente’ (EMI) – but partly to the powerful, charismatic performances that mark out the “live” Mariza experience (and this side has also been seen on TV, particularly in the two ‘Later…With Jools’ shows she recorded and in the BBC 4 TV ‘Sessions’ concert from the Union Chapel).
Now she will finally fulfil that cherished ambition, headlining this year’s Atlantic Waves Festival by playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 7.30pm on 22 November she headlines at the hallowed London venue with a dazzling supporting cast of musicians that includes special guests Carlos do Carmo, Jaques Morelenbaum and Tito Paris†. ***Please note: THIS WILL BE MARIZA’S ONLY BRITISH CONCERT IN 2006. Tickets are selling briskly so please book early to avoid disappointment*** Box Office: 020 7589 8212/ www.royalalberthall.com
Two weeks prior to this concert (on Monday 6 November), Mariza releases ‘Concerto em Lisboa’ (EMI) on both DVD and CD. This brand new album is her first “live” concert recording on CD but her third DVD (previously she appeared on the DVDs ‘Ten Years Of
Later …With Jools’ and solo on ‘Live In London’, a film of her acclaimed Union Chapel concert).
Recorded in 2005, ‘Concerto em Lisboa’ took place in a setting as different, but no less magical, as the Royal Albert Hall. In the gardens in front of Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), a famous and beautiful neighborhood of Lisbon, with a magnificent view of the city and in the borders of Tejo River, Mariza’s voice soared out over the orchestra conducted by Jaques Morelenbaum enrapturing the assembled audience. The set was perfect for an evening that everyone who witnessed it will remember.
The orchestra — Sinfonietta de Lisboa — was conducted by Jaques Morelenbaum, the producer and arranger of Mariza’s most recent album, ‘Transparente’ and also famous for being the “man behind the work” of Caetano Veloso during the past 15 years.
‘Concerto em Lisboa’ contains not only stunning “live” interpretations of the songs from ‘Transparente’ but also most of Mariza’s well known songs from her first and second albums, re-arranged for orchestra. With this release, one is able to listen to such individual songs as: ‘Medo’; ‘Há uma música do Povo’; ‘Meu Fado Meu’; ‘Cavaleiro Monge’; ‘Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam’ and ‘Ó Gente Da Minha Terra’; performances that will transport the listener to a timeless evening in Lisbon.
† The Royal Albert Hall concert is made possible through a collaboration between Serious, Atlantic Waves Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and the Arts Council England.
“Mariza has it all – charisma, a voice to die for and stunning looks…destined to become one of the world’s great divas” THE TIMES
“Moves the soul with haunting melodies…her
voice was breathtaking” SUNDAY TIMES
“Having breathed new life into fado, the traditional Portuguese ‘blues’, singer Mariza is poised to go global” THE TELEGRAPH
“Mariza had the audience spellbound… her almost impossibly full, golden voice seemed capable of conveying a multitude of emotions within a range that any self-respecting diva or torch singer would kill for” THE GUARDIAN
“Last night’s (Queen Elizabeth Hall) show was a
sell-out, as is the extra show arranged for Friday and most of her (début) UK tour. One thing is certain, as Mariza’s name spreads, everyone is going to cherish the fact that they were there last night” LONDON EVENING STANDARD