Fado Museum presents Portuguese Guitar at UNESCO Conference

Musicians Pedro de Castro, Luís Guerreiro and Gaspar Varela close the European Humanities and Beyond Conference, on May 7, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The concert will be streamed to thousands of participants worldwide.

As part of the program of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union and co-organized by UNESCO, CIPSH – Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines and FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, the First European Conference of the Humanities takes place in 5-7 May in Lisbon, with the most prestigious European and world scientists.

It has the participation of members of the Portuguese Government, the High Sponsorship of the President of the Republic and the presence of European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (portfolio of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth).

The conference ends with a unique concert, in which a very rich compilation of the repertoire for Portuguese guitar will be presented by three virtuosos of this instrument – Pedro de Castro, Luís Guerreiro and Gaspar Varela – accompanied by André Ramos on the fado viola and Francisco Gaspar on the viola low.

Together, they tour the great compositions of traditional Fado, focusing on the Lisbon Fado style and also making reference to the Fado of Coimbra. The revisiting of this repertoire will transport the audience to the prolific composition of the Portuguese guitar from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century, interpreted with freedom, remarkable technical execution and taking into account the context of the works.

The conference program also includes the transmission of excerpts from the concert film “Guitarras para Amália”, co-produced by CML and the Fado Museum for the opening of the official celebrations of the Centenary of Amália Rodrigues and the film “Fados”, by Carlos Saura, also co-produced by the Fado Museum.

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