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A night of Portuguese fado benefits New Hope for Women

Posted Jan. 15, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Hope for Women will present a night of Portuguese fado singing and dining, featuring Maine’s own Tremolino and dancer Shana Bloomstein. The evening will begin with tapas, drinks, and a silent auction beginning at 7:00. The concert follows, with desserts served during intermission.

Fado is Portugal’s blues or flamenco, its urban roots music. The word fado means fate in Portuguese, its poetic mystery and its ability to fuse dichotomous traits: impossible pain and fervent joy, life’s cruelty with love’s intensity, destiny, betrayal in love, death and despair. The essential element of fado music is “saudade”– longing, yearning or nostalgia for unrealized dreams. Fado is the heart of the Portuguese soul.

Tremolino is four central Maine musicians. Leslie Stein is an accomplished actor who has sung various kinds of music over the years, from folk to rock to musicals and jazz. Jim Macdonald has explored many kinds of music and now plays “viola de fado”, which is what Portuguese call the guitar. Doug Ronco has played sinuous and accomplished bass in many forms and lends his ear for world music. Chris Marshall has been in a Russian balalaika group, a Javanese gamelan and a Bulgarian dance band, and plays Portuguese “guitarra”. Tremolino’s repertoire also includes songs from Spain, Greenwich Village and other exotic locales. Dancer Shana Bloomstein is well known in Maine, enchanting audiences with her improvisations for years.

The concert benefits New Hope for Women, which offers support to people affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and provides educational resources in creating a safer and healthier future. The venue is the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts at 42 Depot Street in Unity. Tickets are $15.00 online at http://newhopeforwomen.org/events/tremolino-in-concert-122. For more information or for tickets, contact UCCPA at 948-7469, New Hope For Women at 596-7147, or get them at the Belfast Co-op.

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