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  • Portuguese Fado Singer Mariza Makes Triumphant Return to Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Mar. 18, 2009
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009 AT 8 PM

    Mariza, recognized the world over as the queen of the Portuguese musical style known as fado, returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. for a special one-night-only appearance.

    Fado, Portugal’s most famous music, tells emotional tales of longing and loss. The mournful music of fado began in the taverns and on the street corners of the poor sections of Lisbon. Mariza, who spent her childhood singing in her father’s Lisbon fado taverna, became an international sensation after the release of her 2001 debut album Fado em Mim. Now Portugal’s reigning ambassador of fado, she shares the country’s musical gift with the world, respecting traditions of the past while enlightening audiences of the future.

    Mariza sums up her latest album, Terra, in one word: “truth.” She adds: “During seven years of international tours, I had the chance of discovering other peoples and cultures. I watched and I listened. I learned. This is my moment. This is my truth. I’ve always been true to myself, and I’ve always been true to my fans. And I wanted this album to show them my progress as a singer and a human being.”

    Mariza is a fado singer, but keeps experimenting with new ways of singing it, and her fans can’t get enough. All of her previous albums – Fado em Mim (2001), Fado Curvo (2003), Transparente (2005) and Concerto Em Lisboa (2006), plus the DVD Live In London (2004) – went Platinum.

    Mariza’s bio is available at or



    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    World Music Series


    Mariza, vocals

    Angelo Freire, Portuguese guitar

    Diogo Clemente, Classical guitar

    Marino de Freitas, Bass

    Vicky Marques, drums & percussion

    Simon James, piano & trumpet

    Tickets ($36 - $99) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422,; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689,; Photos: 213.972.3034