New album and show “PURA VIDA (soundtrack)” 2019:
Mísia knows well, that pure life occurs, when life is contaminated by emotions, and by ideas, and by experiences. Pure life carries with it the traces -visible and invisible ones- of those who pass through it. That is what Mísia sings about, with the soul of someone who knows well, how much bitterness a black shawl is woven from. This Fado singer understands, how to love Amália and many other voices, of poets and sailors, of composers and musicians, who have created a unique journey and repertoire of more than 25 years with her on stages and in studios, addressing paths and spaces unknown to Fado, but which she was not afraid to explore, because she felt, that it had to be done.
Because she felt it.
In Pura Vida, Mísia returns to singing Fado, which is neither sad nor happy, as she likes to say. It is Destiny. She sings once more about feelings and emotions, equally filled with greatness and misery. With the Fados chosen for Pura Vida, it is Mísia’s intention to sing using the vocabulary and the grammar of emotions: la Ausencia (Absence), el Cuerpo (the Body), el Destino (Destiny), os Homens (Men) and las Ruas (the Streets), el Tiempo (Time) and la Saudade (Portuguese melancholy and longing), everything or almost nothing at all. Life at it’s purest. “And other letters of the alphabet” she says. All this is done by falling back on classical Fado music, with contemporary arrangements and unpublished poems, most of them written for her voice.
Because pure life, a Pura Vida, is made of certainties, obviously, but also of surprises.
More about Mísia
Mísia is a pioneer, a free spirit, that had to build her own path in the genre, and that’s probably why she is called by some the anarchist of Fado. Nobel Prize winner José Saramago wrote for her voice, the French film director Patrice Leconte directed the video (Duas Luas 2001), John Turturro chose Mísia for his film “Passione” (2010). William Christie programmed her at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (2004). For many years she has built an international career on the most prestigious stages, such as Berlin Philharmonic, Festival d’Avignon, Ópera National Theatre of São Carlos in Lisbon, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Town Hall in New York, Festival d’Avignon, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Cocoon Theater in Tokyo, amongst others. Her work has been mentioned in the press worldwide: Billboard, New York Times, Libération, Die Zeit… Mísia is a contemporary Portuguese singer, who is widely celebrated for the timeless and universal sentiments, which are part of her songs sung not only in her native language but also in many other languages. Countless awards and distinctions, hundreds of thousand records sold all over the world, illustrate well the importance of this artist into the history of Fado, in the Portuguese music in general, past and future.
New video – “Ausência”
directed by Diogo Varela Silva
“(…) her voice can be like smoke, velvet or acid. It sobs, whispers and seduces with the raw emotional daring of Edith Piaf’s. By turns tender and defiant, her singing is so expressive that you don’t need to understand the Portuguese words to comprehend the bitter experience and pain.” – The New York Times
“(…) one of the most remarkable singers in Europe today” – Chicago Tribune
“Queen of fado” – The Washington Post
“A true-blue fadista (despite being half-Portuguese, half-Catalan), Mísia delivers the style with desperate passion cloaked in theatrical sophistication.” – Billboard
“Fado needed a modern voice […] and all signs say that Mísia is it. Her voice is as big as those of the legends who influence her, and she’s not afraid to spice up the old style with contemporary pop moves.” – Time Out
“Tracing time is always difficult. But if we have to set a date for the start of the new Fado, it would be in March 1991, when Mísia released her first album. Whatever exists before, is a kind of prehistory.” Manuel Halperne in: “O Futuro da Saudade’ (D. Quixote, 2004)
Awards and Key dates relating to the career of Mísia
– Amália Award, Portugal (2012)
– Gilda Award, Italy (2011
– Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France (2011)
– Medal of the Order of Merit, Portugal (2005)
– Great Red Medal of the City of Paris, France (2004)
– Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, France (2004)
– Award of the German Record Critics, Germany (2004)
– Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, France (1996)